TORONTO, Nov. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Toronto Hydro, following the completion of
Hurricane Sandy storm restoration efforts in Toronto, is now
dispatching employees to assist with power restoration in the north
eastern United States.
Sixty-five Toronto Hydro overhead power line and underground
distribution network trades people, and supervisors, will be joining
hydro crews in relief efforts.
"This level of deployment provides the operational flexibility necessary
to provide effective maintenance and emergency response services to the
citizens of Toronto over the coming weeks," says Ben LaPianta,
Vice-President Distribution Grid Operations.
Forty-eight Toronto Hydro employees will be leaving early Wednesday
morning and heading down to the US to aid National Grid with overhead
power line restoration. Crews will check-in to a pre-staging location
in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. They will then be deployed, by National
Grid, to areas most in need.
An additional seventeen Toronto Hydro employees will be sent at the same
time to help Consolidated Edison with its underground electricity
network in Manhattan, New York.
Manhattan's underground electricity network infrastructure is of a
similar vintage, type, and design to that of Toronto Hydro. Toronto
Hydro's underground certified trades people have the necessary skills
and experience with this network design.
"This specialized skill set is unique to these types of urban
underground distribution systems. Our certified trades people have the
necessary skills and experience to aid Consolidated Edison in their
efforts and we are pleased that we are able to assist," adds LaPianta.
About Toronto Hydro
The principal business of the Corporation and its subsidiaries is the
distribution of electricity by Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited.
Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited owns and operates an electricity
distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately
712,000 customers located in the City of Toronto. It is the largest
municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes
approximately 18% of the electricity consumed in the Province of
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