TORONTO, Jan. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited
("Toronto Hydro") announced today that an expert panel will oversee a
review of the utility's response to the ice storm that seriously
damaged the electricity grid in neighbourhoods across Toronto on
December 21 and 22, 2013. Ice build-up on trees, caused by freezing
rain, resulted in tree limbs and branches pulling down power lines and
causing electricity service interruption to approximately 300,000
Toronto Hydro customers at the height of the storm on December 22.
Power was restored to approximately 75 per cent of customers within 48
hours, with the remaining customers brought back online in stages
through New Year's Day.
Toronto Hydro will conduct its own post-mortem following the storm; and
will compile it with results from the independent audit. The panel will
be chaired by David J. McFadden Q.C. who is recognized for his
leadership in the energy sector and who has served on the Ontario
Distribution Sector Review Panel, the U.S.-Canada Power System Outage
Task Force that investigated the 2003 blackout, and his work on the
deployment of smart grid technology in Ontario. Mr McFadden was
appointed to the Board of Governors for York University on February 25,
2013. He was also the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ontario
Centres of Excellence Inc. from 2004 to 2010. He is a partner in
Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP and Chair of Gowlings' International
Also serving on the panel is Sean Conway of Ryerson University's Centre
for Urban Energy (CUE). He joined CUE as a Distinguished Research
Fellow in February 2012. Mr Conway is the former Chair of the Board of
Directors of the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).
Joe Pennachetti, City Manager, will also sit on the Power Panel. Mr.
Pennachetti is City Manager for the City of Toronto overseeing the
delivery of more than 40 major services to a population of 2.7 million
people. Mr Pennachetti is a certified general accountant and a member
of the Certified General Accountants of Ontario and a fellow (FCGA) of
the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada.
The panel will oversee a review of Toronto Hydro's storm response,
including electricity grid design and emergency response; urban
forestry issues, and customer communications. The review will be
conducted by Davies Consulting www.daviescon.com which is a leading energy industry consulting firm with expertise in
A video of today's briefing will be posted on the website the week of
January 13. It will be located in the Toronto Hydro newsroom at torontohydro.com/newsroom.
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Image with caption: "Toronto Hydro's Rob Milner does some 'show and tell' with damaged equipment from the December 22 ice storm that devastated much of Toronto Hydro's grid. (CNW Group/Toronto Hydro Corporation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140109_C7845_PHOTO_EN_35421.jpg
SOURCE: Toronto Hydro Corporation
For further information:
Tanya Bruckmueller, Toronto Hydro-Electric System