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Why work in the electricity sector?

Working in the electricity sector has many benefits, including playing a key role in keeping the lights on in our communities. Did you know that during a crisis utility workers are among first responders? Utility crews are often among the first on the scene of a disaster. Their hard work and commitment to safety make it possible for other first responders to do their job. They are on the frontlines of power and are responsible for delivering safe, reliable electricity across the province – they help power homes, businesses and industry. From Ottawa to Windsor – Kenora to the GTHA, local hydro utilities put our customers first, making sure they keep your lights on. They plug their customers into a modern, reliable hydro system that works for them. Utility crews are supported by dedicated energy sector professionals in many business functions and units including customer service, operations & engineering, finance & administration, policy & regulatory, safety, environmental s ...

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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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EDA Brings A Refreshed Power of Local Hydro Message to District AGMs

  September is always a busy time for the EDA and this year was no exception. Our President and CEO, Teresa Sarkesian, EDA Chair, Gerry Smallengage and EDA staff took part in our 2019 district AGM roadshow to connect and reconnect with our members from utilities of all sizes, representing various regions across Ontario and companies that provide critical goods and services and support to the electricity sector.    Our CEO used this opportunity to launch an important refresh of the EDA’s Power of Local Hydro campaign with members. The development of this new narrative is a key part in the EDA’s broader effort to strengthen positive perceptions of our industry at Queen’s Park, to the public and utility customers across Ontario.   The Power of Local Hydro campaign will continue to demonstrate how local hydro utilities are on the front lines of power, where electricity customers can rely on their local hydro utility to deliver safer, more reliable and more ...

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Welcome to the EDA Blog

The EDA has long been the voice for the electricity distribution sector in Ontario, making sure the concerns, and priorities of our industry are heard by the province’s leaders and policy makers. In recent years, the EDA has made a focused effort to enhance our communications, including upgrades to our The Distributor, RapidSources, the EDA Weekly, Member Handbook and more. With the recent refresh of our website, we are very pleased to enhance those efforts further by launching a new Blog. The EDA Blog is now your go-to resource for industry news and insights, accessible 24/7 from any web-connected device. I encourage all members and friends of the EDA to bookmark this page and return often for ongoing updates not only from the EDA team but also from members, sector leaders and subject matter experts. When you check out the EDA Blog, you can expect to find informative insights and analysis from the EDA and from expert contributors on topics of interest, including: Policy and governmen ...

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