TORONTO, April 30, 2015 /CNW/ - Hydro One announced today the completion of $5.7 million of improvements to the electricity infrastructure in the Prescott area. The investment increased the electrical capacity to the area by installing a new 44 kv power line. This improvement will ensure there is enough electrical capacity for the growing Prescott and Morrisburg areas.
"Hydro One works to implement local solutions to meet the needs of the communities we serve," said Jeff Weekes, Distribution Superintendent, Provincial Lines, Hydro One. "The addition of the new line will support the future growth of these communities and to improve reliability to our customers in the area."
The Prescott area is prone to lightning strikes which can affect the reliability of the electricity system in the area. Hydro One has also installed additional lightning arresters on its infrastructure to reduce the impact of lightning strikes.
A lightning arrester, also known as a surge arrester, protects the system when an increase in voltage occurs, often caused by a lightning strike in the vicinity. The arrester prevents a potential power outage and protects equipment from damage that could be caused.
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 122,000 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.
SOURCE Hydro One Inc.
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