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
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
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.
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