TORONTO, Nov. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Eighty additional Hydro One workers are
joining the 145 line maintainers, foresters and support staff already
assisting in power restoration efforts in the U.S..
This afternoon crews from across southern Ontario are driving south to
Westchester and Orange Counties to put their skills to work alongside
Con Edison crews in New York State. They will arrive late tonight and
begin work tomorrow morning after receiving orientation and a full
"Some areas have been without electricity for over a week and with the
weather getting colder the situation is getting more critical every
day," said Len McMillan, Vice President, Lines and Forestry. "Our
company has the skills, expertise and resources to make an important
difference so sending every worker we can is the right thing to do."
Background on Mutual Assistance Agreements
Hydro One has reciprocal agreements in place with North American
utilities to provide assistance during significant power outages.
In mutual assistance situations, all costs are covered by the utility
receiving the help.
On Canada Day, 200 Hydro One workers travelled to Washington D.C,
Baltimore and Virginia after a massive storm hit the region.
In February of 2010, Hydro One helped utilities in Vermont in the wake
of a winter storm.
In September 2008, crews travelled to Ohio to help restore power after
the remnants of Hurricane Ike caused massive outages.
Hydro One crews also provided assistance to the State of Florida
following hurricanes in 2004 and 2005.
In 2007, Hydro One became the only non-U.S. utility to be awarded the
Edison Electric Institute's "Emergency Recovery Award" in recognition
of outstanding efforts in restoring electric service that has been
disrupted by severe weather conditions or other natural events.
Several US utilities helped out in the aftermath of the Ice Storm in
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 121,000 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.
SOURCE: Hydro One Inc.
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