Toronto Hydro working to restore power to remaining customers following loss of supply from Hydro One

TORONTO, Feb. 13, 2015 /CNW/ - Following a loss of supply issue from Hydro One, Toronto Hydro is working to restore approximately eight large customers who remain without power following a wide scale outage in the downtown core today.

The outage was caused by a loss of supply at Hydro One's Bridgman TS. At the height of the outage, approximately 8,000 customers were impacted in the area bounded by Eglinton Avenue/Wellesley Street/Spadina Avenue/Yonge Street. Hydro One anticipates repairing the damage by midnight tonight.

In the meantime, Toronto Hydro crews worked to bypass the issue and restore power to our customers. We successfully re-routed power and restored electricity to the majority of customers around 2:30 p.m. today. The remaining customers will be restored gradually as peak demand begins to drop off. All customers are expected to be restored by early evening.

To avoid straining the grid and subsequently triggering more outages, we are asking customers with power in the Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue area to conserve electricity by lowering their thermostats and refraining from operating non-essential appliances.

Customers who are still without power should ensure that appliances are unplugged or turned off to avoid overloading the grid when power is restored.

About Toronto Hydro
Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited owns and operates an electricity distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately 736,000 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 Ontario.

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SOURCE Toronto Hydro Corporation

For further information: Brian Buchan, Toronto Hydro, bbuchan@torontohydro.com, T: 416-542-3550, C: 647-298-3648

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