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Statement by Hydro One on Power Theft Charges

Jan 31, 2017

Hydro One investigation results in arrest of an employee 

TORONTO, January 31, 2017 – A Hydro One employee and a former contractor in the Timmins area have been arrested and charged by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) with theft of power. 

OPP’s arrests were part of a Hydro One investigation that began on January 15th looking into alleged theft of power at business and residential addresses near Timmins, Ontario. Hydro One alerted the OPP upon beginning its investigation and has been working in tandem with them as the investigation progresses. It is alleged that these individuals stole power by installing meter bypass devices.

“Hydro One has zero tolerance for unethical and criminal behaviour. Upon receiving this information, a focused investigation was initiated. We intend to use the full powers of our investigative team to get to the bottom of this case and any other potential cases of power theft,” said Rick Haier, Chief Security Officer of Hydro One Inc.

Power theft is illegal, costly to customers and dangerous to the public. Any person who suspects theft are asked to call the Hydro One anonymous Tip Line 1-866-550-6477.


About Hydro One Inc.:

Hydro One Inc. is a fully owned subsidiary of Hydro One Limited, Ontario's largest electricity transmission and distribution provider with more than 1.3 million valued customers, $24.8 billion in assets and revenues of over $6.5 billion. Our team of 5,500 skilled and dedicated employees proudly and safely serves suburban, rural and remote communities across Ontario through our 30,000 circuit km high-voltage transmission and 123,000 circuit km primary distribution networks. Hydro One is committed to the communities we serve, and has been rated as the top utility in Canada for its corporate citizenship, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. We are one of only four utility companies in Canada to achieve the Sustainable Energy Company designation from the Canadian Electrical Association.  We also provide advanced broadband telecommunications services on a wholesale basis utilizing our extensive fibre optic network. Hydro One's common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: H). For more information about everything Hydro One, please visit 




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