Hydro Ottawa crews to help U.S. utilities affected by Hurricane Sandy

Hydro Ottawa crews to help U.S. utilities affected by Hurricane Sandy 
OTTAWA, Oct. 31, 2012 /CNW/ - A group of 13 Hydro Ottawa power line 
maintainers are leaving today for Newton, Connecticut to assist Northeast 
Utilities in restoring power for approximately 500,000 residents after 
Hurricane Sandy caused significant damage to the area. The crews will be 
departing from Hydro Ottawa's Merivale Road office at 9 a.m. 
"Hydro Ottawa offered assistance without hesitation. Restoring power is a 
specialized skill and the electricity industry supports each other in these 
times of need," said Bryce Conrad, Hydro Ottawa's President and Chief 
Executive Officer. 
Ottawa escaped the storm relatively unscathed. At its peak the storm knocked 
out power to approximately 3,000 Hydro Ottawa customers in the Casselman, 
Blackburn Hamlet, Crystal Beach and Merivale areas. Crews worked to 
successfully restore power across the city and our now able to support other 
communities in need of help. 
"When power outages occur, Hydro Ottawa employees go above and beyond to 
ensure public safety and to get the power back on as soon as possible," added 
Conrad. "I am proud that these crews will be using these talents to help our 
U.S. neighbours." 
This is the first time Hydro Ottawa has dispatched crews to the United States. 
During past widespread power outages, crews have assisted utilities in Ontario 
and Quebec. The 13 power line maintainers join 12 Hydro Ottawa contract 
forestry workers who are clearing trees in Connecticut to restore the power. 
About Hydro Ottawa
Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. (Hydro Ottawa) owns and operates two subsidiary 
companies, Hydro Ottawa Limited and Energy Ottawa Inc. Hydro Ottawa Limited is 
the third-largest municipally-owned electrical utility in Ontario, serving 
more than 305,000 customers in the City of Ottawa and the Village of 
Casselman. Energy Ottawa Inc., Ottawa's largest producer of green power, 
generates renewable energy and provides commercial energy-management services. 
Claudia Lemieux Manager, Public Affairs Hydro Ottawa Tel: 613-738-5499 ext. 
7684 claudialemieux@hydroottawa.com 
SOURCE: Hydro Ottawa Holding 
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