Public lecture to talk about how a hydro plant in rural Newfoundland has provided reliable electricity for the island of Newfoundland for over 50 years

Apr 4th, 2019

By Jackey Locke

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro president Jennifer Williams
Public lecture to talk about how a hydro plant in rural Newfoundland has provided reliable electricity for the island of Newfoundland for over 50 years

Have you ever wondered how a hydro plant in rural Newfoundland has provided reliable electricity for the island of Newfoundland for over 50 years.

Join Jennifer Williams, president of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, as she explains how the Bay d'Espoir plant - located 170 kilometres from the Trans Canada Highway in Central Newfoundland - helped pave the way for electrification of the island over 50 years ago, and uses water, rain and snow to provide highly reliable electricity supply to this day.

Ms. Williams will discuss how the utility managed some significant repairs and upgrades at the plant in the past few years and how this critical electricity generator will continue to play a big role as the system drastically changes in the coming years.

Ms. Williams was appointed president of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro in Feb. 2019.  Prior to becoming president, she served as vice-president of production with Hydro, a position she held since August 2016. She was also general manager of hydro production and manager of regulatory engineering with Hydro. Prior to joining Hydro in 2014, Ms. Williams worked with Newfoundland Power and the St. John’s international Airport Authority. She graduated from Memorial University with a bachelor of civil engineering. She is a member of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador, where she has been an active volunteer, including past member of its board of directors. In 2016 Ms. Williams was awarded the Fellow of Engineers Canada.

This lecture, which takes place on April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Fortis Angus Bruneau Lecture Theatre (EN2006) is part of the faculty's Speaking of Engineering Lecture Series which promotes engineering related topics to the people of the province. The lecture series is co-sponsored by the Professional Engineers & Geoscientists Newfoundland & Labrador.

Free parking in lot 60, which is under the Alexander Murray (Earth Sciences) Building, Memorial University, St. John's campus. Reception to follow.

More information at www.mun.ca/engineering/community/programs/lectures/

 

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