Hydro One Leverages Smart Grid for Multiple Customer and Business Applications

    Company assembled a team comprised of Trilliant, Motorola, Capgemini, and
    General Electric to develop its smart meter vision

    TORONTO, June 16 /CNW/ - Hydro One announced today that, together with
Hydro One Brampton, it was poised to meet the half million mark in installing
smart meters for its customers across the province. In addition to meter
deployment, the Company is making advances in realizing its vision of a smart
    In keeping with the direction of the Province of Ontario, Hydro One and
Hydro One Brampton are working to install smart meters in the homes and small
businesses of their combined 1.4 million customers by 2010. Smart meters, when
teamed with time-of-use-pricing, are a key part of building a culture of
conservation across the province and achieving significant reductions in peak
electricity demand through load shifting.
    "Ontario is regarded as a leader in smart metering around the world, and
about 1.4 million homes and small businesses across the province already have
a smart meter," said Energy Minister, Gerry Phillips. "A smart grid could
build on that initiative and complement the renewal taking place in Ontario's
electricity sector."
    "Hydro One is proud to support the province's efforts to promote a
culture of conservation and we see our smart meter initiative as being
critical to this effort," said Laura Formusa, President and CEO, Hydro One
Inc. "Smart meters, when combined with time-of-use rates, will give our
customers the opportunity to take advantage of price signals that better
reflect the cost of electricity at different times of the day."
    With a predominantly rural service territory, twice the size of Texas,
Hydro One was faced with a significant challenge to deploy this new technology
and to build a communications network to support it. Realizing it could
leverage this network for multiple customer and business applications, Hydro
One assembled a smart meter team comprised of Trilliant, Motorola, Capgemini,
and General Electric to develop a vision for its award-winning, end-to-end
    "Hydro One recognized the potential benefits of smart networks during the
conceptual stage of its smart meter initiative," said Rick Stevens, Director,
Development Strategy, Hydro One. "We have designed our system architecture to
allow the layering of additional applications on top of the technology so that
we can use two-way communications for emerging conservation and demand
management tools, like smart thermostats and in-home displays, distribution
station monitoring and automation, real-time outage management, safety
monitoring, mobile work dispatch and asset security."

    Hydro One delivers electricity safely, reliably and responsibly to homes
and businesses across the province of Ontario and owns and operates Ontario's
28,000 kilometre high-voltage transmission network that delivers electricity
to large industrial customers and municipal utilities, and a 125,000 kilometre
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.

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