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REF NO.: 28

SUBJECT: How a hydro plant in rural N.L. has provided reliable electricity for more than 50 years

DATE: April 23

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University will host a public lecture on Thursday, April 25.
Jennifer Williams, president, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, will present on the Bay d'Espoir plant – located 170 kilometres from the Trans-Canada Highway in Central Newfoundland – and how it helped pave the way for electrification of the island more than 50 years ago. It uses water, rain and snow to provide a highly reliable electricity supply to this day.  
Ms. Williams will discuss how the utility has conducted significant repairs and upgrades at the plant and how the critical electricity generator will continue to play a significant role as the system changes drastically in the coming years.
This Speaking of Engineering lecture series, hosted by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Newfoundland and Labrador, will be held on Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m., in the Engineering building in room EN-2006, on Memorial’s St. John’s campus.
Admission is free. Free parking is available in lot 60. All are welcome. Reception to follow.

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