Nova Scotia Power welcomes public review

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Nova Scotia Power welcomes public review

July 11, 2014

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia Power welcomes the announcement of an expedited public review of the company’s storm preparedness and response to Post-Tropical Storm Arthur.

“We always review our performance after every significant storm and look for lessons we can learn to perform better,” said Nova Scotia Power President and CEO Bob Hanf. “With a major storm like Arthur, a review process with the Utility and Review Board is appropriate, given the impact of the storm and the number of Nova Scotians who were affected. We look forward to any learnings this review can provide. We will begin working to compile data for the review next week; right now, our first and only priority must be safely restoring power to the last of our customers who are out.”

Over the past four years, Nova Scotia Power has spent more than $70 million extra on storm hardening the electricity system, above and beyond its normal $60 million reliability budget.

“Investing in additional equipment upgrades and tree clearing has helped us significantly improve service reliability over the past few years, but Post-Tropical Storm Arthur was a severe storm unlike any Nova Scotia has suffered since Hurricane Juan,” Hanf said.

Arthur brought hurricane force winds to Western Nova Scotia, and caused severe tree damage. Nova Scotia Power has had approximately 700 people working on power restoration efforts since Saturday, including power line technicians, damage assessors, foresters, planners, engineers, electricians, technicians, supervisors and support staff. Once restoration efforts are complete here, NS Power will send crews to assist our neighbours in New Brunswick with restoring electricity. They also suffered severe damage in Post-Tropical Storm Arthur.

FOR BROADCAST USE:
NOVA SCOTIA POWER SAYS IT WELCOMES A PUBLIC REVIEW OF THE COMPANY’S STORM PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE TO POST-TROPICAL STORM ARTHUR.
NOVA SCOTIA POWER PRESIDENT BOB HANF SAID THE UTLITY ALWAYS REVIEWS ITS PERFORMANCE AFTER EVERY SIGNIFICANT STORM TO SEE IF THERE ARE LESSONS THAT WILL HELP IT PERFORM BETTER.

HANF SAID NOVA SCOTIA POWER WILL BEGIN COMPILING DATA FOR THE REVIEW NEXT WEEK. RIGHT NOW, HE SAID, NSP’S PRIORITY IS SAFELY RESTORING POWER TO THE LAST OF ITS CUSTOMERS WHO ARE OUT.

NOVA SCOTIA POWER HAS HAD APPROXIMATELY 700 PEOPLE WORKING ON POWER RESTORATION EFFORTS. ONCE RESTORATION EFFORTS ARE COMPLETE HERE, NSP WILL SEND CREWS TO ASSIST NEW BRUNSWICK, WHICH ALSO SUFFERED SEVERE DAMAGE IN POST-TROPICAL STORM ARTHUR.