Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Utilities MergerFour of Ontario’s largest local electricity distribution companies are working together to form a new utility that would serve almost a million customers in York Region, Simcoe County, Peel Region, Hamilton and St. Catharines.

A proposed merger between Enersource Corporation, Horizon Utilities Corporation, Hydro One Brampton Inc. and PowerStream Inc. would allow a new, larger company to use its collective resources to deliver a favourable impact on distribution rates, more efficient services and innovative technologies for customers.This action flows from recommendations made by the Premier’s Advisory Council on Government Assets and is in line with recommendations made in the 2012 Ontario Distribution Sector Review Panel Report. The proposed merger will require negotiation of a definitive agreement that must be approved by all shareholders and will be subject to regulatory approvals.

About the Utilities:

Enersource Corporation serves over 200,000 residential and commercial customers across Mississauga. It is a diversified energy and technologies company that serves customers through the distribution of electricity and the delivery of services related to the design, operation and maintenance of electrical systems. Ninety percent of Enersource Corporation is owned by the City of Mississauga, and 10 percent is owned by BPC Energy Corporation (Borealis), which is part of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS).

Horizon Utilities Corporation provides electricity and related utility services to 240,000 customers in Hamilton and St. Catharines. Horizon Utilities is wholly owned by Horizon Holdings Inc., a company jointly owned by the cities of Hamilton and St. Catharines through their holding companies Hamilton Utilities Corporation and St. Catharines Hydro Inc. 

Hydro One Brampton Networks Inc. was acquired by Hydro One from the City of Brampton in 2001. It has 150,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers and serves an area of 300 square kilometers. To meet the growth of the community and needs of its customers, Hydro One Brampton works with the City of Brampton and other organizations to improve Brampton’s infrastructure and distribution system.

PowerStream Holdings Inc. is a municipally-owned energy company providing power and related services to 375,000 customers in communities immediately north of Toronto and in Central Ontario. It is jointly owned by the Cities of Barrie, Markham and Vaughan.

 


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June 25, 2018

Sponsored by Schneider Electric

Today we are all concerned with the energy we consume within our homes. But how many truly understand the ins and outs of home energy use, and where exactly does the electrician and the development of energy management systems come into play. There is much to consider when discussing home energy use. The consumer first off needs to be informed about energy use, how it is calculated and ultimately billed if they are to make changes to their energy consumption rates. But in terms of educating consumers does the residential electrician have a role? And beyond that are manufacturers developing products designed to help electricians and consumers better understand residential energy use? Throughout this article we will deal with each of these important questions.

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A new “future ready” circuit breaker from Schneider Electric is described by the company as the next generation of power distribution for the Internet of Things (IoT) era. Masterpact MTZ increases efficiency and can adapt to ever-evolving needs for safety, reliability and sustainability. The world is becoming more connected, electric, digitized, decarbonized, and decentralized, says Schneider Electric. Power distribution is facing new regulations, becoming more seamless and connected. 

Masterpact MTZ is the latest in a series of circuit breaker innovations, following Masterpact M, and then Masterpact NT/NW.

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Total Electrical Solutions was founded in 2013 by Jeremy Herrington in Quispamsis, on the outskirts of Saint John, New Brunswick. Since 2013 Jeremy has steadily grown Total Electrical Solutions in the residential, commercial and construction sectors. The growth is primarily the result of Jeremy’s customer first philosophy, plus his over 20 years of industry experience.

Jeremy grew up learning about the industry from his father who was an electrical contractor. Jeremy spent his early years helping and watching his father as a contractor and business owner. After high school Jeremy was, like many, not wholly aware of the course he wished to take and so he began an electrical apprenticeship at his father’s company.

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