OEB Approves Construction of Transmission Facilities in the City of Brampton



    TORONTO, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - Today the Ontario Energy Board (the Board) issued
a Decision and Order granting Hydro One Networks Inc. (Hydro One) leave to
construct electricity transmission facilities in the City of Brampton.
    The project involves the construction of approximately 3 kilometres of
230 Kilovolt (kV) underground transmission circuits located on an existing
transmission line right of way between the Jim Yarrow Municipal Transformer
Station and the proposed Hurontario Switching Station. The projected cost of
the proposed transmission facilities is estimated at $50.8 million -
$42.5 million for the underground transmission circuits and $8.3 million for
stations and telecommunication modifications. Hydro One's evidence indicates
an average residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per month
would see a total annual bill increase of approximately 0.05% as a result of
the project.
    The project is intended to deal with overloading on the supply circuits
to the Jim Yarrow Municipal and the Pleasant Transformer Stations and to bring
the transmission system in that area to within IESO power delivery guideline
limits. The proposed service date for the project is June 2009.
    In its Decision, the Board noted the transmission reinforcement will
improve the voltage performance of the west Brampton power system and
generally increase power delivery and system reliability in that area.
    Based on the evidence provided, the Board determined the proposed
facilities are in the public interest.

    The Ontario Energy Board regulates the province's electricity and natural
gas sectors in the public interest. It envisions a viable and efficient energy
sector with informed consumers served by responsive regulatory processes that
are effective, fair and transparent.
    For more information on the Board, please visit our Web site at
www.oeb.gov.on.ca or contact the Consumer Relations Centre at 416-314-2455 or
toll-free at 1-877-632-2727.




For further information:

For further information: Vanda Wall, Ontario Energy Board, (416)
440-8149


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