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Major power outage planned for Penetanguishene/Midland area

Eric Fagen, Vice President Corporate Communications at PowerStream Inc. / 2009/10/09

PENETANGUISHENE & MIDLAND, ON ~ Hydro One, in co-operation with PowerStream Barrie Hydro Distribution and Midland PUC, is planning a power outage from 5 am to 1 pm on Sunday, September 27 in the Penetanguishene, Midland and Tiny Township areas in order to conduct major refurbishment work on its distribution system that will improve power reliability.

The area affected includes the Town of Penetanguishene (served by PowerStream Barrie Hydro Distribution), parts of Midland (Midland PUC customers along Highway 93 between Highway 12 and Vinden Street) and approximately 8,600 Hydro One customers in the area north of Highway 12, west of Highway 93, Midland Point/Sandy Bay area, and Christian Island.

Hydro One crews will be replacing approximately 70 poles, and upgrading conductor and associated equipment. PowerStream Barrie Hydro Distribution crews will be taking advantage of the Hydro One planned outage to complete upgrades to its distribution system including pole and conductor replacements in several areas as well as addressing other required improvements that were identified during a recent infra-red scan of PowerStream Barrie Hydro Distribution’s equipment within the Town of Penetanguishene.

“No one likes to have their power off, but it’s better to do this preventive maintenance work under planned and managed conditions than risk an unplanned outage that could last much longer,” said Hydro One Penetang Customer Operations Manager, Alex Turpin. “Hydro One staff will be doing a tremendous amount of preparatory work with the equipment in advance in order to minimize the duration of the outage. However, some of the work is extremely hazardous so we have to take the power off to protect our workers.”

Turpin said the company is bringing in crews from other areas, and should have about 100 Hydro One staff involved in the project.

“By taking a cooperative approach to this, both Hydro One and PowerStream are refurbishing our respective distribution systems simultaneously thereby necessitating only one major planned power outage for the town of Penetanguishene rather than two,” PowerStream Barrie Hydro Distribution Lines Manager, Leo McGinty, added.

Hydro One and the local utilities will be working in conjunction with the Towns of Penetanguishene and Midland to provide advance notification to the residents and businesses within the affected area.

Hydro One customers with questions can call the company’s Customer Contact Centre at 1-888-664-9376. PowerStream Barrie Hydro Distribution customers seeking additional information can contact the utility’s Customer Service department at 1-877-963-6900, Monday to Friday between 8 am and 4:30 pm.

About PowerStream Inc.

PowerStream Inc. is the second largest municipally-owned electricity distribution company in Ontario, providing service to more than 315,000 residential and business customers in Alliston, Aurora, Barrie, Bradford West Gwillimbury, Beeton, Markham, Penetanguishene, Richmond Hill, Thornton, Tottenham and Vaughan. It is an incorporated entity, jointly owned by the City of Barrie, the City of Vaughan and the Town of Markham.

About Hydro One

Hydro One delivers electricity safely, reliably and responsibly to homes and businesses across the province of Ontario and owns and operates Ontario’s 29,000 km high-voltage transmission network that delivers electricity to large industrial customers and municipal utilities, and a 123,000 km low-voltage distribution system that serves about 1.3 million end-use customers and smaller municipal utilities in the province. Hydro One is wholly owned by the Province of Ontario.

Media Contacts
Eric Fagen
Director, Corporate Communications
PowerStream Inc.
Office Phone: 905-532-4522

Media Line (24/7): 905-532-4400

Email: eric.fagen@powerstream.ca

Media Relations

Hydro One Networks Inc.

Phone: 1-877-506-7584


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