Society of Energy Professionals

Society of Energy Professionals

March 28, 2007 14:50 ET

New transmission line right for Ontario

Society of Energy Professionals warns future lines at risk due to labour shortage

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Energy Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 28, 2007) - The Society of Energy Professionals welcomed the news that Hydro One is prepared to invest $600 million in a new transmission line from the Bruce area to Milton. "Investments such as this are important to the Ontario economy and will help meet the needs of a growing economy," said Andrew Müller, President, Society of Energy Professionals. "While this is an exciting development and one that the Society has called for in the past, we are concerned that Hydro One may not have the staff to handle future needs."

In a recent Legislative hearing the Society pointed out that with attrition and retirements there may not be enough skilled professionals to design and supervise new transmission projects. "Building transmission lines are complex undertakings that take years and requires a high degree of engineering and design," said Müller. "We are concerned that Hydro One has not hired any new professional staff, including professional engineers over the past two years and Hydro One will have to focus on developing a plan to address this critical labour shortage."

Energy Minister Dwight Duncan recently announced a panel to review Ontario Energy Agencies. One of the tasks assigned to the panel is to determine 'whether sufficient steps are being taken to address concerns about potential future shortages of skilled workers.'

"I encourage Minister Duncan to address this issue with Hydro One," Müller said. "We are prepared to work with the Minister and Hydro One to come up with a plan to attract and retain the best and brightest professionals to work on a vital component of Ontario's electricity system."

Society of Energy Professionals

The Society of Energy Professionals represents 7,000 professional employees-engineers, scientists, middle management and information technology personnel-in Ontario's electricity sector. The Society supports the government's conservation and renewable-power goals, and the need of the public for affordable, reliable, and secure electricity.
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Contact Information

  • Andrew Müller, President, Society of Energy Professionals
    Primary Phone: 416-317-2392
    Secondary Phone: 416-979-2709 ext. 3020
    Toll-Free: 866-288-1788