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June 28, 2007 12:11 ET

New Municipal Substation to Be Named in Honour of Past Chair Alan E. Bradley

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 28, 2007) -

Attention News Editors:

Enersource Corporation has announced plans for an official opening today of its newest municipal substation near Ridgeway Drive in Mississauga. At midday a special celebration will take place dedicating the new facility in honour of Alan E. Bradley, a long-time Chair of the Mississauga Hydro-Electric Commission, the predecessor to Enersource Corporation.

The $2.7 million substation to be officially named the Alan E. Bradley Municipal Substation will add 20 megawatts of capacity immediately to the Enersource Hydro Mississauga grid and provide for a future capacity of 40 megawatts. During the midday event, Mr. Bradley who is presently approaching his 94th birthday will unveil a commemorative plaque on the face of the new building. Later in the day, residents in the area are invited to a rare tour of the substation building to learn about its state-of-the-art technology and functionality.

"Alan Bradley brought his entrepreneurial spirit to the Hydro Commission in 1970 and he prepared our hydro utility well for the changing times that followed his retirement in 1997," said City of Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, a member of the Enersource Board who served alongside Mr. Bradley for many of his 27 years. "Alan Bradley set the stage for the successful commercial transformation of Enersource and he helped build a legacy of reliable, efficient electricity distribution in Mississauga. Alan has always been young at heart and it is fitting that he should permanently be associated with this modern new facility."

Ironically, the official opening follows two successive days in which circumstances on the provincial generation and transmission system have caused Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator to appeal to Greater Toronto Area consumers for conservation. "As we continue to struggle with the need for additional generating capacity in this province, we must do our part locally as well," said Craig Fleming, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of Enersource Corporation.

Enersource Hydro Mississauga's parent company Enersource Corporation is a diversified energy and technologies company focusing on quality of service with the distribution of electricity, the promotion and delivery of electricity conservation programs and smart metering solutions to meet government objectives, and increasing involvement in distributed generation to enhance the provincial electricity supply. The Corporation is 90% owned by the City of Mississauga, and 10% owned by BPC Energy Corporation (Borealis), a subsidiary of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS). Visit www.enersource.com for more about Enersource.

See Backgrounders on following pages for a biography of Alan E. Bradley and for a technical briefing on the role and function of the Alan E. Bradley Municipal Substation.







Alan E. Bradley was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on August 23, 1913. He attended the University of Manitoba graduating in 1935 with an Electrical Engineering Degree. He then attended McGill University in Montreal graduating in 1936 with a Mechanical Engineering Degree. The following is a brief summary of his distinguished career.

1936 Alan began his career with Manitoba Bridge and Iron Works in


1939 Left Manitoba Bridge to work for San Antonio Gold Mines in

Bissett, Manitoba.

1940 March, Alan and his wife Kay moved to McMasterville, Quebec

where Alan worked for Defense Industries Ltd.

1945 Alan left Defense Industries Ltd. and joined Standard Brands

Ltd. with headquarters in Montreal.

1946 Alan transferred with Standard Brands to Long Island, N.Y.

1954 Alan moved to Toronto where Alan opened up the Eastern

Division of Canadian Lift Slab Construction Co.

headquartered in Winnipeg. The company later became known as

Dwidag, where Alan stayed until he retired.

1955 Alan was elected as Trustee to the South Peel Board of


1963 Elected as Chair of the South Peel Board of Education.

1964-65 Chair of the Board of Education of the Township of Toronto.

1970-97 Commissioner, Chair and Vice-Chair, Hydro Mississauga.

After 27 years of active and dutiful service to the citizens of the City of Mississauga, Alan Bradley retired from the Mississauga Hydro-Electric Commission on December 16, 1997. At that time, in his honour, the City of Mississauga re-named a park on Melton Drive near his home, the Alan Bradley Park and added a new park bench there. In Hammerson Hall, The Living Arts Centre, a seat in the Orchestra section, endowed to honour Mr. Bradley with a plaque bears the following inscription: "To Honour Alan E. Bradley for His Service to Mississauga's Citizens".

Hydro Mississauga, now Enersource Corporation, re-named its main floor boardroom the Alan Bradley Boardroom in recognition of Alan's major contribution as a member of the Commission for so many years.

On his retirement celebration day, Alan's closing remarks were, "In 1970, I joined the Township of Toronto Hydro Electric Commission on an interim basis to replace a Commissioner who was transferred out of town. I have worked with 20 different Commissioners, 10 different Commissions, 5 different Mayors and 3 different General Managers. There have been many changes in hydro in the last 27 years - technology that wasn't even dreamed of then. One of the greatest changes is the evolution of the company from a utility to a business. But one of the things that have not changed is the desire of all to make Hydro Mississauga the best utility in Ontario. Today, I believe we are the best. We have the highest productivity, the lowest rates, the best reliability, an excellent safety record and the best staff."


Alan has been married to his wife Kay since 1939. Together they are is proud parents of four daughters: Joanne, married to Doug Williams, living in Ottawa; Sue, married to Gord Turner, living in Hatley, Quebec; Margot, married to Jeff Remahl, living in Mississauga; Betty, married to Barry Rudachyk, living in South River, Ontario. They are also proud grandparents of: Stephen and Scott Williams; Kelly Williams, married to Steve Roslinsky; Katy and Shastine Remahl; Linnea, Ava, Skye Rudachyk.




It is more economical to distribute electricity at higher voltages. Beginning at very high voltages, large amounts of electricity are transmitted across the province. Periodically switches divide the electrical load into smaller amounts - amounts best suited to be carried on lines at lower distribution voltages. Transformers do the work of lowering the voltage at each of these switching points. Our new Alan E. Bradley Municipal Substation (M.S.) represents one of these important switching and transformation locations in the long distribution path that your electricity travels, from the generation source to your home.


The total project cost associated with Alan E. Bradley Municipal Substation is $2.7 million.

The substation capacity (based on transformer size) will be 20 megawatts initially. The building is designed with space to expand this capacity later to 40 megawatts. By comparison, the total peak load of the City of Mississauga served by Enersource is 1,622 megawatts, which is approximately 6% of Ontario's peak demand of 27,005 megawatts.

Typically one to two such substations have been constructed each year to keep pace with demand growth in the range of 2-3 percent annually in the City of Mississauga. With this continuous commitment to Capital expansion to improve the local electricity grid, Enersource Hydro Mississauga has maintained distribution rates that are amongst the lowest in the province.


Alan E. Bradley M.S. will provide power for the growing Eglinton Avenue and Winston Churchill Blvd community area. Alan E. Bradley M.S. will bring about further improvement to system reliability in this area. "Smart relays" are installed and linked to our main control centre. This will improve restoration time in problem situations that occur when vehicles collide with our poles, when lightning strikes, or when buried cables are cut or damaged. The new substation facility will also provide sufficient future capacity to ensure a full back-up contingency, in the case of supply problems at other substations.



The building's architecture is designed to harmonize and compliment with the present community - maintaining a one-story "neighbourhood" residential appearance from the Eglinton Avenue perspective. The exterior treatment adopts many of the exterior features found within the existing residential area, combining architectural block, crafted stone and a brick finish, with decorative accents.


This substation is constructed to meet all relevant fire and building code standards. It is equipped with state-of-the-art protection equipment and alarms connected to our main control centre, where monitoring takes
place 24 hours a day. There are no fences for children to climb. Shrubs are planted against building walls will discourage graffiti artists. To further deter vandalism and loitering on the property, security lighting is planned and there will not be any "hidden alcoves" on the site.


Some noise level is inherent in any transformer station. A low noise level 60-cycle hum is generated in the transformers and occasionally fans operate in summer months to cool transformers. These sounds would be essentially inaudible from the perimeter of the site. They are largely contained by sound absorbent blocks used in the walls and rubber anti-vibration pads that are placed beneath the transformers.

4. EMF'S

Municipal substations have little effect on electric and magnetic field levels (EMFs) in the surrounding environment, yet we recognize that even at low levels, this has been a matter of public concern. A large body of
research has been accumulated over 30 years through hundreds of epidemiological and laboratory studies. Based on evidence to date, the scientific community consensus is that a public health risk from exposure to EMFs has not been established. Nevertheless, we actively review research developments, consider resultant EMF levels as we design our electrical system and continue to provide information to the public concerning this issue.


There are no transformers or equipment used within the building that contain Polychlorinated-biphenyls (PCBs). PCBs were at one time widely used as a transformer insulating fluid as a substitute for mineral oil. PCBs have been found to be associated with adverse health effects and are no longer present in any products we purchase.

Contact Information

  • Enersource Corporation
    Ken MacDonald
    Sr. Manager, Marketing, Communications & Government Relations
    (905) 283-4050
    Email: kmacdonald@enersource.com