OEB Approves Construction of Transmission Facilities in Norfolk County

    TORONTO, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - Today the Ontario Energy Board (the Board)
issued an Order granting leave to Hydro One Networks Inc. (Hydro One) to
construct electricity transmission facilities in Norfolk County.
    The project involves reinforcing the existing 12 kilometres of single
circuit transmission line in Norfolk County between Vanessa Junction and the
Norfolk Transformer Station by:
    -  Replacing the existing conductors with higher capacity conductors;
    -  Installing a new set of conductors to establish a second 115 kilovolt
       (kV) circuit on the existing structures; and
    -  Constructing a 20 metre line tap to connect Bloomsburg Municipal
       Transformer Station to the 115 kV line.

    The proposed in-service date for the project is April 2009.

    In its Decision, the Board noted:
    -  The project is needed to increase the capacity of the existing Vanessa
       Junction to Norfolk transmission line and to improve reliability of
    -  The project is the best alternative to fulfill the need;
    -  There will be only minor changes in Hydro One's Line and
       Transformation Connection Pool revenue requirements;
    -  The environmental assessment requirements were completed and Hydro One
       has appropriately addressed the land-related matters;
    -  Appropriate steps have been taken with respect to consulting with
       Aboriginal Peoples.

    The Board concluded the project is in the public interest and issued an
Order granting leave to construct.
    The Ontario Energy Board regulates the province's electricity and natural
gas sectors in the public interest. It envisions a viable and efficient energy
sector with informed consumers served by responsive regulatory processes that
are effective, fair and transparent.
    For more information on the Board, please visit our web site at
www.oeb.gov.on.ca or contact the Consumer Relations Centre at 416-314-2455 or
toll-free at 1-877- 632-2727.

For further information:

For further information: Vanda Wall, Ontario Energy Board, (416)

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