TORONTO, Feb. 6 /CNW/ - Hydro One announced today it will provide funding
in Ottawa this winter as part of the Winter Warmth Program. The program
provides funding to help low-income households with winter heating bills and
is administered by the United Way, with funds from participating utilities.
"Hydro One has a long standing tradition of giving back to the
communities in which we live and work," said Myles D'Arcey, Senior Vice
President, Operations, Hydro One. "Through our partnership with the United Way
we can support the Winter Warmth Fund and lend a helping hand to the people
who need our help the most."
The Winter Warmth Fund is funded by more than a dozen Ontario utilities,
and in 2008 it assisted 1,300 households in Ontario. Fund recipients are
identified through the coordination services of the United Way and the network
of community agencies it supports.
"We are delighted to welcome Hydro One as a new partner in the Winter
Warmth Program in Ottawa," says Michael Allen, President and CEO, United
"This means that more customers in the rural areas of Ottawa will be
eligible for assistance from Winter Warmth at a time when help is needed
Eligible grant recipients include low-income households who are in
arrears or at risk of going into arrears on their energy bills and have
exhausted all other sources of financial support. Eligible families will
receive a one-time grant of up to $450 for each winter season.
This winter, Hydro One is contributing to the Winter Warmth Fund in the
following communities: Ottawa; Lanark County; Leeds and Grenville; Kingston,
Frontenac, Lennox and Addington; Kawartha Lakes; Peterborough; York; and
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 122,000 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.
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