MILTON, ON, June 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, Hydro One announced the
successful completion of its Bruce to Milton Transmission Reinforcement
Project with the Energy Minister Chris Bentley and Hydro One President
and CEO, Laura Formusa, tightening a bolt on the last tower of the 180
km line and finalizing its connection to Ontario's electricity grid.
The achievement marks the largest expansion of Ontario's electricity
transmission system in more than two decades and translates into 3,000
Megawatts (MW) of new clean energy - enough electricity to power more
than 10 per cent of the province's electricity needs - from the output
of two refurbished Bruce Power nuclear reactors and committed renewable
"Today marks a major milestone in Ontario's electricity infrastructure
and we are paving the way for future that offers new technologies while
delivering clean, renewable power for growing communities and
generations to come," said Minister Chris Bentley.
"We are proud to celebrate the partnerships built and strengthened as a
result of the construction of this line," said Formusa. "The project
was made possible through a shared commitment from the residents,
businesses, municipalities, conservation groups and First Nations and
Métis groups along the corridor."
The double-circuit 500 kilovolt (kV) transmission line extends from the
Bruce Power complex in Kincardine to Hydro One's Switching Station in
Milton, spanning through diverse natural areas, farm land and
As part of the project, Hydro One developed an innovative and
award-winning biodiversity initiative to create and enhance natural
habitat in partnership with community-based organizations, First
Nations and Metis and municipalities. Hydro One was recognized by the
Canadian Electricity Association and Corporate Knights for this
The project received Ontario Energy Board Section 92 Leave to Construct
approval on September 15, 2008 and Environmental Assessment approval on
December 16, 2009. Construction on the project started in 2010 and
represents an investment of $700 million into Ontario's electricity
Construction of the Bruce to Milton line meant more than 922,000
person-hours of employment in Ontario, creating 500 jobs.
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 123,000 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.
Image with caption: "Minister Chris Bentley and Hydro One President and CEO, Laura Formusa tighten the last bolt on the final tower in the Bruce to Milton transmission project. (CNW Group/Hydro One Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120619_C2381_PHOTO_EN_15295.jpg
SOURCE Hydro One Inc.
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