OEB Issues Letter Inviting Input on Stray Voltage



    TORONTO, Aug. 7 /CNW/ - Today, the Ontario Energy Board (the Board)
issued a letter inviting interested parties to participate in a consultation
on farm stray voltage.
    The consultation is in response to a Directive from the Ministry of
Energy requiring the Board to implement such measures the Board considers
necessary to address the issue of stray voltage as it affects the farm sector.
    Electric current can flow through the soil close to where power lines or
electrical equipment of any kind is grounded to the earth. Most often, the
voltage level of this 'earth current' is too low to be felt by people or
animals. 'Stray voltage' refers to earth current found beyond the area where
it is normally expected, at voltage levels high enough to be detected.
    A Farm Stray Voltage Consultative Group consisting of representatives of
farm customers (Ontario Federation of Agriculture), electricity distributors
(Electricity Distributors Association, Hydro One Networks, Waterloo North
Hydro), government agencies (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural
Affairs, Electrical Safety Authority and Ontario Ministry of Energy) and other
stakeholder groups experienced in some aspect of stray voltage and its effects
on farm operations will be formed.
    All interested parties will be invited to attend a meeting tentatively
scheduled for November 2007, at which Board staff will present its preliminary
findings. Comments provided at this meeting will be taken into account by
Board staff in the preparation of a farm stray voltage discussion paper.
Meeting details will be made available at a later date.
    The staff discussion paper will be issued for written comment in
mid-December 2007, with comments to be received by mid-January 2008. The Board
will then determine what measures should be implemented to address the stray
voltage issue identified in the Directive.
    The Board encourages participation in this consultation process by all
interested parties. For information on how to participate please visit the
Board's web site at www.oeb.gov.on.ca.

    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)
440-8149


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