Friday, 06 December 2013 09:00

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Essex Powerlines Corporation responds to Ontario’s Liberal Government recently released Long Term Energy Plan

 

The Ontario Liberal Government Long Term Energy Plan (“LTEP”) released on December 2, 2013 indicates that electricity rates will need to increase 33% over the next three years and 42% in the next five years.

Many of our customers are continuing to struggle as the Ontario economy, especially in Windsor/Essex, continues to rebound. While local industry has recently shown signs of moderate recovery, we are still feeling the impact of a weak economy and the challenges of globalization.

Essex Powerlines Corporation would therefore like to bring clarity to our customers on where these increases are coming from on their electricity bill and what Essex Powerlines is trying to do by working with customers in order to mitigate these anticipated price increases.

As your local distribution company we have absolutely no control over these recently announced cost increases as they represent the Provincially controlled portion of the electricity bill. While these increased costs will appear on your Essex Powerlines bill, it is important to understand that these are pass-through costs that flow back to the various government energy agencies such as Hydro One, IESO, OEFC, OPG and others.

 

Today, Essex Powerlines represents approximately 21% of a customer’s electricity bill and we are quite satisfied that our portion of the electricity bill costs has stayed relative flat since 2005. However, the impacts of the proposed Provincial increases are alarming. As indicated in Figure 1 above, by 2016 we will only represent 19% of the overall electricity bill as Essex Powerlines continues to hold the line on cost and rates all the while Provincial charges grow at double digit rates.

The chart below tracks the cost related to the local service provided by Essex Powerlines versus the Provincial charges on the electricity bill since 2005 and projects out to 2016 based on the recent LTEP.

While the local distribution charges have remained stable over this entire period the Provincial charges increases should clearly be a concern to consumers.

Essex Powerlines is locally owned and controlled by four local municipalities in the areas that it serves and therefore has a higher degree of accountability to the type and cost of service it provides. Our Shareholders would simply not accept increases in our cost structure such as those that are being proposed in the LTEP for the Provincial charges.

As a further illustration of yearly percentage rate changes, Figure 3 below provides a comparison of inflation rates to the increases that consumers are seeing to the various portions of their electricity bill.

Essex Powerlines was pleased, however to hear that as part of the LTEP our role in Conservation programs will be expanding and we will be able provide a more customized set of offerings to our customers. Consumers will need to be engaged in these programs to mitigate future rate increases. Essex Powerlines will continue to work at the ground level as we have done in the past in order to find ways for our consumers to reduce their energy costs.

The recent announcement of the closing of Heinz in our Leamington service area, eliminating approximately 700 permanent jobs is a clear sign that we need to be as diligent as ever in order to maintain lower and reasonable costs for all our customers. While Essex Powerlines is committed to finding additional efficiencies in the distribution sector, the Provincial government must also focus on controlling the escalating costs on the remaining 80% of the electricity bill through stringent review of all Provincially owned agencies and policies.

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For more information contact:
Name: Joe Barile
Title: Legal, Human Resources, Regulatory Advisor
Tel number: 226-252-6258
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FROM ESSEX POWERLINES CORPORATION

November 15, 2013


Recently there has been an increase in the number of outages affecting Essex Powerlines Corporation (“EPL) customers in Amherstburg, Ontario. Most of these interruptions are momentary not sustained outages, but none the less, we understand that these are very frustrating and inconvenient for our customers. First and foremost and in order to immediately address the above-noted outage issues, on the morning of November 14, 2013, the power load was transferred from a suspected problem Hydro One feeder to an alternate Hydro One feeder. In this particular case, the customers moved to the alternate feeder will have some immediate relief. The bulk of the customers affected are within the "Monopoly" subdivision south of Richmond and the Crown Ridge subdivision. Unfortunately, all of the customers cannot be transferred due to the power line configuration but the majority of the customers in these areas should experience improvement in reliability immediately.


EPL’s due diligence investigation to date has determined that a number of issues outside of our service territory could have likely caused and/or significantly contributed to the present momentary outage issue to our customers in Amherstburg. We are requesting Hydro One immediately put a firm action plan in place to address these ongoing issues on a more permanent basis. In order to assist Hydro One in addressing any ongoing issues EPL has also an implemented a technology plan which will be used to help identify, qualify and quantify the source and/or location of the problem. With this technology, EPL will continue to monitor the source of the interruption and promptly report any corrective actions which are required in order to resolve the same. As well, a public "town hall" meeting will be held at a yet to be determined location in Amherstburg at which EPL representatives will attend to explain plans and answer questions from the public. A Hydro One representative will also be invited to attend.

 

EPL thanks its customers for their patience as it works to solve these power interruptions. Should any individual, in particular those EPL customers directly impacted by the subject matter outages wish further particulars they are asked to contact: Essex Powerlines Corporation – Customer Service Department (519) 737-6640


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Sunday, 23 June 2013 19:00

Rodan Residential DR ACTIVATION Notice – June 24, 2013

Please be advised that as a result of meeting the conditions required by the secondary trigger mechanism:

  1. Two or fewer Curtailments have occurred since the start of the Activation Season until August 1st
  2. Ontario demand ≥ 23,000 MW
  3. Temperature during program hours ≥ 30ºC

Rodan has been instructed by the OPA to activate Residential and Small Commercial Demand Response load control devices between the hours of 14:00 to 18:00 EPT (local time).

This Activation Notice is for the following Groupings: All Zones.

Please address any inquiries regarding this event to:

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Tuesday, 05 March 2013 15:48

The SaveOnEnergy conservation programs for home and business are designed to make it easier than ever to manage your electricity use.

This site will help you learn about the programs, and the benefits you can achieve by taking advantage of the energy-saving measures and incentives offered by these conservation programs.

The Cleaner Ontario symbol is a trademark of the Government of Ontario. You will find it on products, incentives and information related to conservation programs brought to you  by your local utility. When you see this mark, you can be assured that the programs it represents will enable you to manage your electricity use and save on energy.  

The SaveOnEnergy programs are offered through your local electric utility and funded through the Ontario Power Authority.

Join thousands of Ontarians who are already making a difference in their homes, and businesses.


Click here to visit the Essex Powerlines SaveOnEnergy site.

 
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