SOURCE: Business Review Canada

Business Review Canada

November 06, 2011 19:21 ET

Toronto Hydro: Investing in the Next 'Generation'

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 6, 2011) - Business Review Canada takes a look at Toronto Hydro. The majority of Toronto's energy infrastructure was developed in the 1950s and 60s and is due for an overhaul. Toronto Hydro's capital expenditures in recent years have come from infrastructure upgrades throughout the city. In fact, between 2006 and 2010 the company spent $1.3 billion in cumulative spending on infrastructure. "The infrastructure is aging, so unless there is investment, the reliability will begin to fall off," notes Ivano Labricciosa, Vice President of Asset Management. "We explained to the Ontario Energy Board, our regulator, that investment in the system is needed for reliable service and business continuity. We need to invest heavily over the next 10 years to keep the system in a reliable condition."

Part of upgrading to a grid infrastructure capable of handling the electricity demand of the 21st century is making the grid smarter. The utility has invested heavily toward Toronto's "smart or modern" grid. Real-time supervisory control (SCADA) systems allow it to monitor its assets 24/7. The system also helps to increase asset lifetime through proactive monitoring and preemptive asset replacement. In case of component or feeder failure, the system allows operators to isolate the incident so other homes and businesses are not affected. The company's investment in mobile workforce tools has also helped to boost efficiency. Crews are able to keep connected on the road and in the field, providing the best service possible.

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About Toronto Hydro

Celebrating its 100th anniversary, Toronto Hydro began distributing electricity to the City of Toronto in 1911. The utility is actually a holding company, which wholly owns two principal subsidiaries: Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited, which focuses on the distribution of electricity; and Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc. is the competitive affiliate. With a peak load of approximately 4,800 megawatts and serving approximately 705,000 customers, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited has become the largest municipal utility provider of its kind in Canada. Toronto Hydro's focus is on four key pillars: Asset Modernization, Customer Service, Workplace Health and Safety and Financial Strength.

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