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Investing in system reliability and emergency response

Economic performance case studies from the 2014 Sustainable Electricity Annual Report, Engaged for a Sustainable Future.
CEA members are committed to providing a secure and reliable supply of electricity for all Canadians:

City of Medicine Hat is implementing integrated smart meters

The City of Medicine Hat became the first municipality in Canada to combine the meters of all three utilities (electric, water and gas) in a unified automated metering infrastructure (AMI). project. In addition to making it easier for customers to monitor and reduce their consumption patterns, the AMI project also enhances the City’s security of supply through the system’s ability to quickly identity any problem or need for action and relay that information to the appropriate utility.

Massive grid security exercise helps Hydro Ottawa improve business continuity plans

Hydro Ottawa’s Business Continuity Management Program (BCMP) ensures the organization is capable of restoring service in the event of an emergency. In 2013, Hydro Ottawa participated in the Grid Ex II grid security exercise, an event involving more than 230 utilities and government agencies across North America, to assess its capability to respond to both physical and cyber security incidents. The results of this exercise helped Hydro Ottawa revise its response policies and structures, further strengthening the BCMP.

Nova Scotia Power invests in Maritime Link

The Maritime Link is a proposed undersea cable that will connect the electrical grids of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. This project makes up a large component of Nova Scotia Power Inc.’s strategy to reach 40 per cent renewable generation by 2020 and to provide firm generation to back up intermittent wind power. The Maritime Link is being supported through a federal government loan guarantee, which saves more than $100 million dollars in financing costs over the 35-year period, all of which will be passed directly to customers.

Ontario Power Generation completes Niagara tunnel

Ontario Power Generation Inc. finished construction on the Niagara Tunnel in 2013. A source of pride not only as a feat of engineering, it is also a practical solution for meeting Ontario’s need for clean, renewable electricity. By adding 500 cubic meters of water per second to the Sir Adam Beck Generating Complex, the tunnel can produce more power than the City of Niagara Falls uses each year and will be able to do so for 100 years or more with minimal maintenance costs. OPGTunnelBreakthrough

OPG celebrates that its new Niagara Tunnel is now providing more clean, renewable power for Ontario. Photo courtesy of Ontario Power Generation Inc.

Saint John Energy responds quickly to massive ice storm

At Christmas 2013, a large and dangerous ice storm struck New Brunswick, involving days of freezing rain, ice, ice pellets, snow and high winds. Through a strong utility response and excellent tree trimming, Saint John Energy had all of its customers returned to service within 36 hours, freeing up its operational crews to assist a neighbouring utility.

BC Hydro ensures the electricity system keeps pace with Vancouver’s growth

In response to extensive residential and commercial growth, BC Hydro and Power Authority completed the $201-million Vancouver City Central Transmission (VCCT) Project to increase the reliability of supply throughout the city. The VCCT Project had three main components: BC Hydro’s first LEED-qualified substation, which features energy efficient roof material and lighting; a new eight-kilometre transmission line under the city’s streets to connect two existing substations with the new substation; and a crossing under the bed of False Creek, connecting the north and south ends of the transmission line.


Pipe pull-down for Vancouver City Central Transmission Project. Photo courtesy of BC Hydro and Power Authority.

Newfoundland Power achieves record response time to system outages

Newfoundland Power Inc. conducted several emergency preparedness exercises in 2013 to minimize the impact on supply in the event of disaster. In addition, approximately half of the company’s capital investments are devoted to strengthening the electricity system, which last year included the rebuilding and upgrading of some 100 kilometers of transmission line on Bonavista Peninsula. As a result, the company delivered electricity to its customers 99.97 per cent of the time in 2013, making it Newfoundland Power’s best year on record.


Left: To ensure service interruptions are kept to a minimum, regular maintenance of the electrical system is important.
Right: A snapshot of an Emergency Management exercise being held at Newfoundland Power’s System Control Centre.
Photos courtesy of Newfoundland Power Inc.

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