Hydro One sends crews to assist with power restoration efforts in Ohio in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike



    TORONTO, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - Hydro One announced today it has dispatched
crews to Ohio to assist with power restoration efforts after Hurricane Ike
devastated the State's electricity system earlier this week. The Company will
send 170 line maintainers and other personnel as well as equipment to the
Columbus area.
    In Ohio, where a state of emergency has been declared, more than
1.3 million homes and businesses have been without power since Monday. Ohio's
American Electric Power (AEP) has asked Hydro One for assistance to repair its
badly damaged electricity infrastructure. Hydro One crews are expected to
remain in Ohio until Monday, working in the Columbus and Canton areas where
approximately 600,000 residents are without power.
    "I am proud of the employees of Hydro One for lending their knowledge and
expertise in a time of great need," said George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and
Minister of Energy and Infrastructure. "Hydro One's commitment to corporate
citizenship demonstrates how organizations and people bound by a common
purpose can make a significant difference even in the aftermath of terrible
disasters."
    "Hydro One has a longstanding tradition of answering the call for help,"
said Laura Formusa, President and CEO, Hydro One. "Outages of this magnitude
can be crippling to any community. This is why our support to this restoration
effort is so important."
    Hydro One has reciprocal agreements in place with North American
utilities to provide assistance during significant power outages. Hydro One
crews have assisted U.S. utilities following other emergencies, including
providing assistance to the State of Florida following hurricanes in 2004 and
2005. In 2006, the Company dispatched crews to Buffalo, New York to assist
with power restoration following a freak snow storm. In 2007, the Company also
dispatched crews to Vermont following a severe weather event that resulted in
significant outages.

    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 kilometre high-voltage transmission network that delivers electricity
to large industrial customers and municipal utilities, and a 122,000 kilometre
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.





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