“Electricity distributors in Ontario are responsible for about two hundred thousand kilometres of power lines,” said EDA Chair Jim Hogan. “Connected to those lines are about five million customers whose needs for safe, reliable power are critical. There is a lot on the line for our customers and our EDA member utilities are wholly focused on meeting their needs.”
EDA advertisements will run in a range of print, digital and broadcast media across the province over the next few weeks. They will highlight some of important needs that are “on the line” for end users of electricity – such as health care, manufacturing, education, and recreation.
The EDA membership includes approximately 70 of Ontario’s local electrical utilities, each of which serves a specific regional or local service territory. These companies are predominantly owned by local municipalities within their service territories.
“For power consumers, their local utility is the front line of Ontario’s electricity system,” said Hogan. “As customers, they have a direct relationship with our local members. Local electrical utilities are responsible for the infrastructure and services that actually get electricity to where it’s needed, when it’s needed.”
Collectively, the distribution sector in Ontario manages assets valued at $19 billion and invests $1.9 billion annually in maintaining and expanding infrastructure and other capital spending. The province’s distributors contribute $150 million to the provincial government annually (dividends and payments-in-lieu of taxes), and $350 million to municipal governments (dividends, interest payments and property taxes).
At speaking engagements later in the fall, the EDA will elaborate on policy proposals it has made with the potential to save electricity consumers hundreds of millions of dollars annually, and will also comment on the future direction of ongoing restructuring in Ontario’s electricity distribution sector.
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SOURCE Electricity Distributors Association