Hydro One announced it is moving forward with plans to build a new Ontario grid control centre in Orillia. This new, state-of-the-art facility is expected to serve as one of the company’s technology hubs and will ensure the safe, reliable delivery of electricity to communities across all of Ontario for years to come.
“Hydro One is proud to be proceeding with this innovative new facility in the near future,” said Darlene Bradley, acting chief operating officer at Hydro One. “It will be home to our highly skilled employees who ensure electricity is moving safely across the province to large industrial customers, local electricity utilities, and Hydro One’s 1.4 million residential and business customers.We are committed to this investment of approximately $150 million in Orillia, which is expected to bring long-term economic value to the city and its local businesses.”
The location in Orillia was selected for improved accessibility, cost considerations, and minimal impact on employees currently working at the existing grid control centre in Barrie. The company anticipates moving approximately 150 to 250 high-quality jobs to this facility.
“Hydro One’s $150 million investment in Orillia is one of the most significant in our city’s history and will result in a near-term economic impact of approximately $400 million for our municipality,” said Steve Clarke, mayor of Orillia. “Having Hydro One’s new primary Ontario grid control centre located in Orillia puts Orillia on the map as a technology hub amongst small urban centres and a great place to do business. We are excited to welcome Hydro One and its employees to the Orillia community.”
Once the new Ontario grid control centre is completed, the existing facility in Barrie will operate as the back-up control centre. Hydro One anticipates construction will begin later this year. This new building has previously been referred to as the Integrated System Operating Centre (ISOC).