Proposal makes needed investment in grid to help enhance reliability
TORONTO, July 31, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited (Toronto Hydro) submitted a five-year rate application for significant investment into Toronto's aging electricity grid. The plan calls for $4 billion in funding for increased maintenance, operational support and much-needed investments into the system to replace aging assets, meet growing demand, help improve reliability and safeguard against extreme weather events.
This five-year rate application is comprehensive — comprised of over 5,000 pages of evidence validated by external experts — and outlines major projects across Toronto.
"We've developed a five-year plan to make strategic investments into our aging grid, with a focus on strengthening the grid and improving reliability," said Anthony Haines, President and CEO, noting that a significant amount of the grid is past its life expectancy and needs to be replaced for customers.
"It's a long-term plan to invest in the grid gradually to spread out costs and ease rate pressures. We're focused on delivering value-for-money to customers and making planned, strategic investments."
Subject to approval by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), the proposal is expected to increase the total bill for residential customers by an average of less than three per cent— or approximately $3.54 per month for the average household — for each of the next five years. For 2015, the plan calls for a rate increase of just over 2.5 per cent, or $3.10 per month for the average household.
The application and executive summary has been submitted to the OEB and will be available on the Toronto Hydro website by 4 p.m. tomorrow.
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About Toronto Hydro
Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited owns and operates an electricity distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately 733,000 customers located in the City of Toronto. It is the largest municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes approximately 18% of the electricity consumed in the province of Ontario.
SOURCE: Toronto Hydro Corporation
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