TORONTO, March 20, 2012 /CNW/ - From 14 municipalities that had a vision of electrifying Ontario, to membership comprised of 100 per cent of Ontario's 78 LDCs, the Electricity Distributors Association today celebrates 100 years of representing the companies that deliver electricity to the 4.7 million homes, businesses and public institutions in the province.
The EDA is marking the occasion with a series of events, including a new public website that sets out the history of the Association and its role in bringing electricity to every corner of Ontario.
"We are extremely proud of what we and our member companies have accomplished over a century," says Charlie Macaluso, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our history of collective action and the power of advocating with one voice for reliable, affordable and sustainable electricity delivery will undoubtedly serve us well as we create the system that will power Ontario's future."
The Association's centenary website www.eda100years.ca features historical facts surrounding the electrification of the province and the formation of the Association. Visitors can test their knowledge of the sector with interactive quizzes and share their memories of working in the sector. A virtual museum and full length video retrospective will be unveiled at the Association's Annual General Meeting on March 26, 2012. A preview of the video is available from the EDA's 100th Anniversary website.
"Local utilities have taken electricity from its emergence as a miracle of engineering to its present and very permanent place in our society - a necessity of life and an engine of prosperity," says Jim Keech, EDA Chair and CEO of Utilities Kingston. "We have much to celebrate about our history, and in doing so, we have the opportunity to apply its lessons to our bright future."
The Electricity Distributors Association (EDA) is the voice of Ontario's local electricity distributors, the publicly and privately owned companies that safely and reliably deliver electricity to over 4.7 million Ontario homes, businesses and public institutions.
contact the EDA's Manager of Marketing, Communications and
Media Relations, Kathryn Quail at (905) 265-5337