Transformer substation brings added capacity to growing west Mississauga
MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 28 /CNW/ - Enersource Corporation has announced
plans for an official opening today of its newest municipal substation near
Ridgeway Drive in Mississauga. At midday a special celebration will take place
dedicating the new facility in honour of Alan E. Bradley, a long-time Chair of
the Mississauga Hydro-Electric Commission, the predecessor to Enersource
The $2.7 million substation to be officially named the Alan E. Bradley
Municipal Substation will add 20 megawatts of capacity immediately to the
Enersource Hydro Mississauga grid and provide for a future capacity of
40 megawatts. During the midday event, Mr. Bradley who is presently
approaching his 94th birthday will unveil a commemorative plaque on the face
of the new building. Later in the day, residents in the area are invited to a
rare tour of the substation building to learn about its state-of-the-art
technology and functionality.
"Alan Bradley brought his entrepreneurial spirit to the Hydro Commission
in 1970 and he prepared our hydro utility well for the changing times that
followed his retirement in 1997," said City of Mississauga Mayor Hazel
McCallion, a member of the Enersource Board who served alongside Mr. Bradley
for many of his 27 years. "Alan Bradley set the stage for the successful
commercial transformation of Enersource and he helped build a legacy of
reliable, efficient electricity distribution in Mississauga. Alan has always
been young at heart and it is fitting that he should permanently be associated
with this modern new facility."
Ironically, the official opening follows two successive days in which
circumstances on the provincial generation and transmission system have caused
Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator to appeal to Greater Toronto
Area consumers for conservation. "As we continue to struggle with the need for
additional generating capacity in this province, we must do our part locally
as well," said Craig Fleming, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of
Enersource Hydro Mississauga's parent company Enersource Corporation is a
diversified energy and technologies company focusing on quality of service
with the distribution of electricity, the promotion and delivery of
electricity conservation programs and smart metering solutions to meet
government objectives, and increasing involvement in distributed generation to
enhance the provincial electricity supply. The Corporation is 90% owned by the
City of Mississauga, and 10% owned by BPC Energy Corporation (Borealis), a
subsidiary of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS). Visit
www.enersource.com for more about Enersource.
See Backgrounders on following pages for a biography of Alan E. Bradley
and for a technical briefing on the role and function of the Alan E. Bradley
ALAN E. BRADLEY - BIOGRAPHY
A DISTINGUISHED CAREER AND A LIFETIME OF ACHIEVEMENT
Alan E. Bradley was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on August 23, 1913. He
attended the University of Manitoba graduating in 1935 with an Electrical
Engineering Degree. He then attended McGill University in Montreal graduating
in 1936 with a Mechanical Engineering Degree. The following is a brief summary
of his distinguished career.
1936 Alan began his career with Manitoba Bridge and Iron Works in
1939 Left Manitoba Bridge to work for San Antonio Gold Mines in
1940 March, Alan and his wife Kay moved to McMasterville, Quebec
where Alan worked for Defense Industries Ltd.
1945 Alan left Defense Industries Ltd. and joined Standard Brands
Ltd. with headquarters in Montreal.
1946 Alan transferred with Standard Brands to Long Island, N.Y.
1954 Alan moved to Toronto where Alan opened up the Eastern
Division of Canadian Lift Slab Construction Co.
headquartered in Winnipeg. The company later became known as
Dwidag, where Alan stayed until he retired.
1955 Alan was elected as Trustee to the South Peel Board of
1963 Elected as Chair of the South Peel Board of Education.
1964-65 Chair of the Board of Education of the Township of Toronto.
1970-97 Commissioner, Chair and Vice-Chair, Hydro Mississauga.
After 27 years of active and dutiful service to the citizens of the City
of Mississauga, Alan Bradley retired from the Mississauga Hydro-Electric
Commission on December 16, 1997. At that time, in his honour, the City of
Mississauga re-named a park on Melton Drive near his home, the Alan Bradley
Park and added a new park bench there. In Hammerson Hall, The Living Arts
Centre, a seat in the Orchestra section, endowed to honour Mr. Bradley with a
plaque bears the following inscription: "To Honour Alan E. Bradley for His
Service to Mississauga's Citizens".
Hydro Mississauga, now Enersource Corporation, re-named its main floor
boardroom the Alan Bradley Boardroom in recognition of Alan's major
contribution as a member of the Commission for so many years.
On his retirement celebration day, Alan's closing remarks were, "In 1970,
I joined the Township of Toronto Hydro Electric Commission on an interim basis
to replace a Commissioner who was transferred out of town. I have worked with
20 different Commissioners, 10 different Commissions, 5 different Mayors and 3
different General Managers. There have been many changes in hydro in the last
27 years - technology that wasn't even dreamed of then. One of the greatest
changes is the evolution of the company from a utility to a business. But one
of the things that have not changed is the desire of all to make Hydro
Mississauga the best utility in Ontario. Today, I believe we are the best. We
have the highest productivity, the lowest rates, the best reliability, an
excellent safety record and the best staff."
Alan has been married to his wife Kay since 1939. Together they are is
proud parents of four daughters: Joanne, married to Doug Williams, living in
Ottawa; Sue, married to Gord Turner, living in Hatley, Quebec; Margot, married
to Jeff Remahl, living in Mississauga; Betty, married to Barry Rudachyk,
living in South River, Ontario. They are also proud grandparents of: Stephen
and Scott Williams; Kelly Williams, married to Steve Roslinsky; Katy and
Shastine Remahl; Linnea, Ava, Skye Rudachyk.
ALAN E. BRADLEY - MUNICIPAL SUBSTATION
THE ROLE AND FUNCTION OF A HYDRO SUBSTATION
It is more economical to distribute electricity at higher voltages.
Beginning at very high voltages, large amounts of electricity are transmitted
across the province. Periodically switches divide the electrical load into
smaller amounts - amounts best suited to be carried on lines at lower
distribution voltages. Transformers do the work of lowering the voltage at
each of these switching points. Our new Alan E. Bradley Municipal Substation
(M.S.) represents one of these important switching and transformation
locations in the long distribution path that your electricity travels, from
the generation source to your home.
The total project cost associated with Alan E. Bradley Municipal
Substation is $2.7 million.
The substation capacity (based on transformer size) will be 20 megawatts
initially. The building is designed with space to expand this capacity later
to 40 megawatts. By comparison, the total peak load of the City of Mississauga
served by Enersource is 1,622 megawatts, which is approximately 6% of
Ontario's peak demand of 27,005 megawatts.
Typically one to two such substations have been constructed each year to
keep pace with demand growth in the range of 2-3 percent annually in the City
of Mississauga. With this continuous commitment to Capital expansion to
improve the local electricity grid, Enersource Hydro Mississauga has
maintained distribution rates that are amongst the lowest in the province.
BUILDING FOR RELIABILITY
Alan E. Bradley M.S. will provide power for the growing Eglinton Avenue
and Winston Churchill Blvd community area. Alan E. Bradley M.S. will bring
about further improvement to system reliability in this area. "Smart relays"
are installed and linked to our main control centre. This will improve
restoration time in problem situations that occur when vehicles collide with
our poles, when lightning strikes, or when buried cables are cut or damaged.
The new substation facility will also provide sufficient future capacity to
ensure a full back-up contingency, in the case of supply problems at other
1. ARCHITECTURE & LANDSCAPING
The building's architecture is designed to harmonize and compliment with
the present community - maintaining a one-story "neighbourhood"
residential appearance from the Eglinton Avenue perspective. The exterior
treatment adopts many of the exterior features found within the existing
residential area, combining architectural block, crafted stone and a
brick finish, with decorative accents.
Typically a completed substation is visited by our operations and
maintenance crews about two times a month, after the initial construction
and equipment installation. The remaining time the substation is quiet
and unoccupied. The passive land use provides an excellent opportunity
for Enersource Hydro Mississauga to do something positive for the
environment. Apart from the building structure and some asphalt driveway
space, the remaining site is fully landscaped with a variety of trees and
2. SAFETY & SECURITY
This substation is constructed to meet all relevant fire and building
code standards. It is equipped with state-of-the-art protection equipment
and alarms connected to our main control centre, where monitoring takes
place 24 hours a day. There are no fences for children to climb. Shrubs
are planted against building walls will discourage graffiti artists. To
further deter vandalism and loitering on the property, security lighting
is planned and there will not be any "hidden alcoves" on the site.
3. SOUND LEVELS
Some noise level is inherent in any transformer station. A low noise
level 60-cycle hum is generated in the transformers and occasionally fans
operate in summer months to cool transformers. These sounds would be
essentially inaudible from the perimeter of the site. They are largely
contained by sound absorbent blocks used in the walls and rubber anti-
vibration pads that are placed beneath the transformers.
Municipal substations have little effect on electric and magnetic field
levels (EMFs) in the surrounding environment, yet we recognize that even
at low levels, this has been a matter of public concern. A large body of
research has been accumulated over 30 years through hundreds of
epidemiological and laboratory studies. Based on evidence to date, the
scientific community consensus is that a public health risk from exposure
to EMFs has not been established. Nevertheless, we actively review
research developments, consider resultant EMF levels as we design our
electrical system and continue to provide information to the public
concerning this issue.
There are no transformers or equipment used within the building that
contain Polychlorinated-biphenyls (PCBs). PCBs were at one time widely
used as a transformer insulating fluid as a substitute for mineral oil.
PCBs have been found to be associated with adverse health effects and are
no longer present in any products we purchase.
For further information:
For further information: Ken MacDonald, Sr. Manager, Marketing,
Communications & Government Relations, Enersource Corporation, (905) 283-4050,