May 21, 2009
NORTH BAY, ON, May 21 /CNW/ - Hydro One and Nipissing First Nation signed a Memorandum of Understanding today to partner in a pilot project which will help Nipissing First Nation and Hydro One to learn about how to support First Nations in managing their electricity use under time-of-use rates. The agreement was signed between Chief Marianna Couchie of the Nipissing First Nation and Laura Formusa, President and CEO of Hydro One at an event held at the Nbissing Secondary School, near North Bay, Ontario. Starting in July, approximately 600 Nipissing First Nation residential and small business consumers will be provided with a monthly statement comparing their electricity use under their current rate structure as well as under the future time-of-use rate structure. Customers will be able to review their comparison statements in order to shift their energy usage from "on-peak" periods when prices are higher, to off-peak periods when prices are lower. Members of the community will also be provided with a special monitor or "in-home device" to track their energy use in real-time. "This joint project with Hydro One supports good environmental stewardship, by helping to reduce energy demand," said Nipissing Chief Marianna Couchie. "It's a significant opportunity for every member of the community to learn and prepare for future time-of-use pricing while helping to reduce energy demand and to help the environment." "Hydro One is pleased to be working with Nipissing First Nation on this important joint project," said Laura Formusa, President and CEO, Hydro One. "We believe that educating our customers about time-of-use electricity rates will help them manage their consumption in order to take advantage of lower price signals when time-of-use rates come into effect. Working with Nipissing First Nation, Hydro One will identify best practices that can then be shared with other First Nation communities when time-of-use rates start to roll out across the province in 2010." The pilot also involves trialling the use of "In-Home Displays" supplied by Trilliant Inc. of Concord, Ontario and designed and manufactured by Aztech Associates Inc. of Kingston Ontario. The device wirelessly connects to the smart meter over the Trilliant Secure Mesh™ and displays electricity use and cost information, helping customers keep an eye on power consumption in real time. Nipissing First Nation residential and small business consumers will be receiving their time-of-use information kit and real-time energy display monitor in June 2009. Smart meters have already been installed in the residents' homes. Hydro One supports the Province's move to have a smart meter in every home and business by 2010. To date, the Company has installed more than 895,000 smart meters across the province. Hydro One delivers electricity safely, reliably and responsibly to homes and businesses across the province of Ontario and owns and operates Ontario's 29,000 km high-voltage transmission network that delivers electricity to large industrial customers and municipal utilities, and a 123,000 km low-voltage distribution system that serves about 1.3 million end-use customers and smaller municipal utilities in the province. Hydro One is wholly owned by the Province of Ontario.
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For further information: contact Hydro One Media Relations 24 hours a day at 1-877-506-7584 (toll-free in Ontario only) or (416) 345-6868. Visit our website at www.HydroOne.com. Please also contact: Dwayne Nashkawa, Nipissing First Nation, (705) 753-2050; and Noel Brown, Trilliant, at (650) 224-1931, www.trilliantinc.com