Powering the Future: Construction Begins on Toronto's New Downtown Transformer Station

TORONTO, May 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited (Toronto Hydro), celebrated the start of construction on its new downtown transformer station. Located near the historic John Street Roundhouse north of Lakeshore Boulevard, it was officially named Clare R. Copeland Transformer Station today and is the first station built in the downtown core by Toronto Hydro since 1955. When in service, it will provide electricity to buildings and neighbourhoods in the central-southwest region of Toronto. The majority of the station will be built underground and will preserve the historical railroad building called the Machine Shop.

Clare R. Copeland served Toronto Hydro as the Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1999 to 2013. The new transformer station pays tribute to his dedication and guidance to Toronto Hydro during his 14 years of service.

According to the recently released Economic Dashboard Report1 , Toronto is now the fourth largest metropolitan area, by population, in North America. Between 2006 and 2011, the population in the City's downtown increased by over 50 per cent. Clare R. Copeland Transformer Station will provide much needed additional capacity to serve current and future load requirements in this high-density, high-growth area of Toronto. In addition, the new station will 'back up' the existing Windsor Transformer Station, located on Front Street, in order to enable staged replacements of its end-of-life equipment.

Most of the station will be built under the existing Machine Shop located at Roundhouse Park, which will be re-assembled after construction of the station is complete. The Machine Shop will house the protection, control and station service equipment, while the major equipment (transformers, switchgear, cabling, etc.) will be housed below. Electrical supply for the station will be provided from Hydro One's Esplanade Station, which is located at Front Street. From Esplanade Station, cables will be routed via a new underground cable tunnel to the new transformer station, where the voltages will be reduced, through transformers, for distribution to customers in the area. The new station is expected to be complete by the end of 2014.

Here's why Toronto Hydro is investing approximately $195 million in Clare R. Copeland Transformer Station:

  • Once in service, the new transformer station will add a total of 144 Mega Volt Amps of capacity, which is the equivalent to approximately 70 condo buildings. According to the City of Toronto, there are 189 high rise buildings approved for construction in Toronto.

  • Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the station will power major Toronto institutions including the CBC, Rogers Centre and the new Ripley's Aquarium. It will also connect to new infrastructure along Queens Quay, which is being revitalized as part of Waterfront Toronto's vision.

  • Investing in infrastructure is good for the economy. Every $1 invested in infrastructure creates as much as $1.11 in economic growth2 and reduces business costs by an average of 11 cents3.


"This station will help address the immediate need for additional capacity to the downtown electricity grid and allow for critical infrastructure upgrades at Windsor Station, which is one of only five stations powering the downtown core."

-- Anthony Haines, President and CEO, Toronto Hydro

"As Chair of Toronto Hydro, I'd like to recognize the efforts of the many parties involved in making this project a reality. It takes significant hard work and dedication from a lot of people to bring a project of this size to fruition and I look forward to seeing this station come into service in 2014."

-- David Williams, Chair, Toronto Hydro

About Toronto Hydro

Toronto Hydro-Electric System owns and operates an electricity distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately 719,000 customers located in the City of Toronto. It is the largest municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes approximately 19% of the electricity consumed in the Province of Ontario.

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1 www.toronto.ca/progress/economic_dashboard.htm
2 Conference Board of Canada
3 Statistics Canada

Image with caption: "Toronto Hydro launches new downtown transformer station. Dirt flies at the official groundbreaking at the newly named Clare R. Copeland Transformer Station. David Williams, Toronto Hydro Chairman, Bob Delaney, MPP, Clare Copeland, former Toronto Hydro Chairman, Anthony Haines, Toronto Hydro President and CEO, and Councillor Adam Vaughan put shovels in the ground to kick-off construction. (CNW Group/Toronto Hydro Corporation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130522_C9100_PHOTO_EN_26976.jpg

SOURCE: Toronto Hydro Corporation

For further information:

Media contact: 

Jennifer Link, Toronto Hydro-Electric System
W: 416-542- 2725
C: 647-449-2339

Emma Sharpe, Toronto Hydro-Electric System
W: 416-542-2654
C: 416-903-7823


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