Hydro Ottawa Limited

Hydro Ottawa Limited

August 04, 2011 16:35 ET

Hydro Ottawa Urges Customers to Conserve

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 4, 2011) - Hydro Ottawa is issuing an urgent request to its customers in the Carling Avenue, Carlington Park and Hampton Park areas to immediately reduce their electricity consumption.

This morning a construction crew digging in the area of Westgate Shopping Centre damaged underground wiring. Customers in the area were transferred to an alternate electricity supply to restore power as quickly as possible. Crews are on site working on permanent repairs.

Increased customer demand to run air conditioning, pool pumps and other systems during these repairs is putting a significant strain on Hydro Ottawa's electrical distribution systems in the area.

The need to reduce consumption is most urgent in the zone bounded by Richmond Road (northern edge of zone), Baseline Road (southern edge), Kirkwood Avenue (eastern edge) and Broadview Avenue (western edge). Customers in this zone are requested to conserve as much as possible this afternoon, evening and into tomorrow morning.

Residents can reduce their consumption by following these simple tips:

  • Turning off all but essential internal and external lights;

  • Setting air conditioners to 26 degrees Celsius or higher, or using fans as an alternative;

  • Closing curtains and blinds to keep out the sun and retain cooler air inside; and

  • Delaying the use of major power-consuming equipment such as dishwashers, washers and dryers and swimming pool pumps until after 8:00 p.m.

For more information on power conservation, please visit Hydro Ottawa's website at www.hydroottawa.com/conservation.

About Hydro Ottawa

Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. (Hydro Ottawa) owns and operates two subsidiary companies, Hydro Ottawa Limited and Energy Ottawa Inc. Hydro Ottawa Limited is the third largest municipally owned electrical utility in Ontario serving more than 300,000 customers in the City of Ottawa and the Village of Casselman. Energy Ottawa Inc., Ottawa's largest producer of green power, generates renewable energy and provides commercial energy management services.

Contact Information

  • Susan Barrett
    A/ Manager, Communications & Public Affairs
    Hydro Ottawa Limited
    Media Pager: (613) 221-0063