OEB Proposes Electricity Distribution Code Amendments to Address Farm Stray Voltage

    TORONTO, Oct. 31 /CNW/ - Today the Ontario Energy Board (the "Board")
released a Notice of Proposal, asking for written comment on proposed
amendments to the Distribution System Code (the "Code") regarding measures to
address farm stray voltage. Release of the proposed amendments follows
extensive consultations with electricity distributors, members of the farming
community and other stakeholders.

    The proposed amendments contemplate implementation of a number of
measures, including:

    -  Distributors must investigate farm stray voltage complaints using
       professionally qualified persons, and they must follow a specified
       investigation procedure;

    -  Where a distribution system is found to contribute to stray voltage on
       a farm in excess of a specified threshold, the distributor must takes
       steps to reduce stray voltage to acceptable pre-set levels; and

    -  Distributors serving livestock farm customers must prepare and make
       available a farm stray voltage "customer response procedure" that sets
       out the process for responding to farm stray voltage inquiries and
       complaints from customers.

    All interested parties are invited to submit written comments on the
proposed amendments to the Code by December 5, 2008.

    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, and works towards this vision through
regulatory processes that are effective, fair and transparent.
    For more information on the Board, please visit our website 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: Paul Crawford, Ontario Energy Board, (416)

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