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Powering Local Communities and Economies

Ontario’s local hydro utilities play a vital economic role. In the newly released issue of The Distributor magazine, we highlight how utilities support businesses and job creation on ‘Main Street’ and beyond. The depth and breadth of these efforts are truly remarkable. In this issue – feature stories include: Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro plays a crucial role in making rapid transit a reality for their local community. Hydro One has been working behind the scenes to provide safe and reliable electricity for businesses and communities and those affected by COVID-19. Hydro Ottawa is powering the nation's capital from A to Z. From energizing Amazon’s newest distribution centre to partnering with the region's first zero-carbon district energy community with Zibi. Oshawa PUC stands in solidarity with their customers to provide efforts to minimize economic pain for their customers during the first phase of COVID-19. ENWIN Utilities Superheroes, for many years, has sup ...

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How LDCs can foster internal control effectiveness and risk awareness

In recent years, a spate of mergers across Canada has allowed Local Distribution Companies (LDC) to cut costs, improve service to local communities and drive operational efficiencies. To unlock the full value of a merger, however, the merging companies need to integrate their processes—and that starts by standardizing their internal controls. Without a streamlined internal controls environment, employees may struggle to understand which processes to follow, which can heighten enterprise risk—especially if key activities fall through the cracks. To mitigate these risks, LDCs may want to begin by automating their controls. In addition to reducing the errors associated with manual processes, automation typically delivers significant efficiencies, including speeding up routine processes while minimizing the unsanctioned workarounds that sometimes lead to fraud. At the same time, it’s important to recognize that this isn’t a “once and done” exercise. To keep pace in a ...

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Our Members in the Community #PowerofLocalHydro

The EDA has now launched our refreshed Power of Local Hydro Campaign to demonstrate how local hydro utilities are on the front lines of power to deliver safer, more reliable and more affordable electricity day in and day out.

Here are some recent examples of how our local hydro utility members are providing economic growth, innovation, job creation, and support for local community initiatives:

Energy+ Inc, Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc., and Waterloo North Hydro Inc., teamed up with the local chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) to sponsor the IBEW golf tournament, that was held in late May and raised $12,500 for MySafeWork.

In June, Kitchener Wilmot Hydro provided grants worth $1,500 to two students enrolled in the Electrical Engineering Technology and Energy Systems Technology Program at Conestoga College in Cambridge.

In August, the employees at Oshawa PUC gave back to the community where they live and work. The employees got together to have a BBQ lunch as a fundraiser for Simcoe Hall Settlements House’s 2019 Backpack Program. Employees then brought in a backpack or cash to pay for their lunch.

Just a few days ago, Enwin announced that their customers now have access to the all-new account management portal, myENWIN. This mobile tool is designed to keep their customers connected at their convenience and provide the best possible user experience when managing their ENWIN account. 

Hydro Ottawa is encouraging their customers to sign up for online billing to save time, resources and be a ‘paperless hero’ for children in their community.  For every customer who registers for online billing between now and December 31, 2019, Hydro Ottawa will donate $5 to the CHEO Foundation. We will also donate an additional $5 for every customer who registers for an automated payment plan by December 31, 2019.

In September, Lakeland Holdings paid it forward with more then $4,000 given out in one afternoon. The giving was orchestrated by local power conglomerate Lakeland Holdings, which includes Lakeland Power, Bracebridge Generation, and Lakeland Networks. The company had their team building day on Monday, with a total of 70 staff and 14 teams taking part.

Each team was given $250 to “pay it forward” in the area, heading out to give to individuals and organizations throughout the region.

In September, With the help of their customers, Essex Powerlines (EPL) will be donating $4,150 to the Fight Like Mason Foundation through its recent paperless billing campaign. The Power Up for Paperless campaign provided customers the opportunity to save paper and donate $10 to the “Fight Like Mason Foundation” simply by signing up for paperless billing.

We love all the work that our members do in their communities, whether it be to help send students to school, raise money for a good cause our help save our environment through paperless billing. Keep up the good work!

We would like to see these stories keep coming so that we may continue to highlight the work you do for your customers, cutting red tape and how you are constantly being innovative. 

Send your news stories, photos and relevant hyperlinks to: Emily Kirk, Communications Specialist.

 

 

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