Energy flowing over the Maritime Link bringing benefits to electricity customers

February 20th, 2018

Today marks a significant change to our island electricity grid and the way we deliver energy to our island electricity customers.

Teams from Nalcor and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro), along with Emera and Nova Scotia Power, have worked hard to successfully bring energy over Emera’s new Maritime Link transmission line to the island.

The new interconnection from the island to the North American electricity grid through the Maritime Link brings opportunities to enhance system reliability and realize cost savings for electricity customers. We now have the ability to import energy over the Maritime Link that is cheaper than burning oil to generate power at Hydro’s Holyrood plant – meaning Hydro can use less oil.

The Maritime Link is designed to transmit power to and from the island. With the Maritime Link in service there is greater access for sharing of power across the Atlantic Provinces for the benefit of electricity customers.

Around mid-2018, the Labrador-Island Transmission Link will come into service providing us with additional options to bring lower-cost power to the island.

The in service of the Maritime Link and the Labrador-Island Link will provide opportunities to further enhance the reliability of our provincial electricity system and create value from these transmission assets in advance of the Muskrat Falls generating plant coming online in 2019.