Hydro One and Alectra Utilities at Gage Transmission Station (TS) announced upgrades to improve power reliability for residential, commercial and industrial customers, including steel manufacturers.
“As Hamilton continues to grow, Hydro One is making investments in the electricity system to strengthen economic prosperity, improve power resiliency and prepare for climate change,” said Jason Fitzsimmons, CAO and customer care officer, Hydro One. “In collaboration with Alectra, these projects will improve power reliability for customers and strengthen our electricity network to keep Ontario competitive. With much of our system built in the 1950s and 1960s, we are investing in renewing or replacing critical infrastructure in almost every community across the province, including in Hamilton.”
Hydro One is upgrading aging infrastructure from the 1950s at Gage and Kenilworth Transmission Stations, including transformers and smart equipment to monitor, protect and control electrical equipment. Alectra Utilities is supporting the projects by reconfiguring infrastructure at both stations and minimizing service interruptions to their customers during project construction. Construction on these projects is well underway and is anticipated to be completed in 2023.
“Homes and businesses throughout Hamilton rely on a reliable electricity system. Alectra is committed to providing reliable service through the reconfiguration of our distribution network circuits necessary to accommodate the completion of these critical projects. The station upgrades also complement well the grid modernization efforts we are putting in place in the City of Hamilton,” said Mike Matthews, Executive Vice President, Asset Strategy and Operations, Alectra. “We’re proud to collaborate with Hydro One to minimize service interruptions and ultimately improve reliability to our customers through the upgrades at Kenilworth and Gage transmission stations.”
“This joint initiative by Alectra Utilities and Hydro One is a welcome investment resulting in improved infrastructure that will benefit residential and business electricity users and help to drive economic development for years to come,” said Fred Eisenberger, Mayor of Hamilton.
“Thank you to Hydro One and Alectra for working together for the benefit of the Hamilton economy,” said Keanin Loomis, CEO of Hamilton Chamber of Commerce. “Today’s investment will help meet our Hamilton Chamber of Commerce members’ future demand for clean electricity, and better protect small businesses and large industrial customers from power outages.”
Featured image: (L to R): Jason Fitzsimmons, Chief Corporate Affairs and Customer Care Officer, Mike Matthews, Executive Vice President, Asset Strategy and Operations, Alectra and Keanin Loomis, CEO of Hamilton Chamber of Commerce highlight how these investments will help drive economic development for years to come. (CNW Group/Hydro One Inc.)