Ontario Energy Board Consulting Farmers on Farm Stray Voltage

    TORONTO, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - The Ontario Energy Board is taking its Farm
Stray Voltage Consultation on the road. This past June Ontario's Energy
Minister, Dwight Duncan, issued a Directive to the Board to implement the
necessary measures to address the issue of stray voltage as it affects farm
    In response to the Minister's Directive, the Board has initiated a
consultation process to solicit input from interested parties regarding stray
voltage, its potential impact on the farm sector and the identification of
measures that could be implemented to mitigate this impact.
    Stray (or tingle) voltage refers to electric current that can flow
through an animal's body that is making contact with the earth at two points.
Tingle voltage is measurable with a voltmeter, but is so weak it typically can
only be felt by larger animals like cows and beef cattle that due to their
size and the amount of electricity-conducting water in their bodies can sense
the electricity much more readily than people.
    If exposed to stray voltage, especially when entering or leaving a barn
or stall or when drinking or feeding, livestock can become stressed and
production can be affected.
    Beginning with a meeting on October 29th in Lindsay, the Board is
consulting with farmers province-wide, looking for their input on the subject
and providing information on the Board's approach to responding to the
Minister's Directive. The Board will use this feedback in the development of a
report to be issued for written public comment by the end of the year.
    In addition to the Lindsay meeting, five other meetings with farmers are
planned: Woodstock (Oct. 31); Thunder Bay (Nov. 1); Wyoming (Nov. 5); Verner
(Nov. 7); and Kemptville (Nov. 9).
    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.
    To find out more about how you can get involved or to attend one of the
scheduled meetings, call 1-877-632-2727 or visit the OEB website at
oeb.gov.on.ca and search for "stray voltage."

    Farm Stray Voltage Consultation (EB-2007-0709)
    Farmer Consultation Meeting Schedule
    Place          Date                Start Time      Location / Address
    Lindsay        Monday Oct. 29      1:00 PM         Ops Community Centre
                                                      2569 Hwy. 7, Lindsay
                                                      (705) 324-6281
    Woodstock      Wednesday Oct. 31   1:00 PM         OMAFRA Office
                                                      401 Lakeview Drive,
                                                      (519) 537-6621
    Thunder Bay    Thursday Nov. 1     8:00 PM         Slate River Hall at
                                                      Founders Museum
                                                      Hwy 61 & Gillespie
                                                      Road, Thunder Bay
                                                      (807) 475-5114
    Wyoming        Monday Nov. 5       7:30 PM         Royal Canadian Legion
    	                                                  493 Erie Street,
                                                      (519) 845-0072
    Verner         Wednesday Nov. 7    1:00 PM         Caldwell Township Hall
                                                      11790 Hwy 64, Verner
    	                                                  (705) 594-2318
    Kemptville     Friday Nov. 9       1:00 PM         Purvis Hall,
                                                      Kemptville College
                                                      Heritage Dr./Beatty
                                                      Lane, Kemptville
                                                      (613) 258-8336

For further information:

For further information: Paul Crawford, Ontario Energy Board, (416)
440-7607; Eric Pelletier, Ontario Energy Board, (416) 440-7685

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