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Mark your calendar: Doors Open Ottawa at Chaudière Falls

Hydro Ottawa will open its doors once again to the community on June 4 and 5 to showcase one of Canada's oldest hydroelectric generating stations in operation. Join us that weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for an informative and fun tour. Rain or shine, after five years of growing attendance and excellent feedback, this event shows Ottawa residents who have lived in the city most of their lives what has been hiding in their "backyard" for more than 100 years. Throughout this two-day event, Hydro Ottawa witnesses firsthand the value of 'opening the doors' of Generating Station No. 2 to Ottawa residents who otherwise may never have the chance to see the inside of this century-old gem.

We hope to see you there!

Glowfair returns to Ottawa – Bigger, brighter and better than ever!

As a proud sponsor again this year, Hydro Ottawa will be helping Glowfair get its 'glow on' Saturday, June 18, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Making sparks fly with electrical safety demonstrations, guests will enjoy fascinating presentations designed to wow and teach you a thing or two about electricity. We encourage you to stop by the Hydro Ottawa tent in the Kids'Zone, at the corner of Bank and Lisgar and join us for a high energy afternoon!
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Christie Lake Camp ready for the summer!

Hydro Ottawa employees headed to Christie Lake last month to get the camp ready for the kids this summer. Over 360 children and youth from low-income communities in Ottawa attend this camp every year and participate in skill-building programs that lead to long-term resilience. Employees stepped up to the challenge and took on many different tasks from carpentry, to painting to electrical work. Trees were cut down and paths were cleared. Hydro Ottawa employees helped improve the safety and operation of the camp, and by doing so, contributed to a better camp experience for the kids in our community.

Mealshare – Turn dining out into helping out!

Hydro Ottawa is proud to be named one of Mealshare's founding sponsors in the Ottawa area and is excited to be part of their initiative to turn dining out, into helping out.  

Mealshare partners with restaurants and places their logo next to a menu item. When patrons order a "Mealshare item", a portion of the meal value is directed to Operation Come Home (OCH). In return, OCH will direct the monies toward the purchase of quality, nutritional food for homeless and at-risk youth. To date, Mealshare has provided more than 700,000 meals to those who need it the most.

The Mealshare program will launch in Ottawa in June. By simply ordering a Mealshare menu item when dining out, you are making a difference in our community!

Assistance available for low-income households

The Ontario Energy Board's Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) can provide qualifying customers in our community with a fixed monthly credit – ranging from $30-$50 – to their electricity bill. Households that qualify under the program will receive the OESP credit depending on when they apply to the program. It takes six to eight weeks to process an application. Low-income customers, who need to use more power because they heat their home with electricity, use medical devices or have other special electricity requirements, may receive a higher level of assistance. Customers with First Nations and Métis status may also receive a higher level of assistance.

Want to learn more about the OESP? Visit OntarioElectricitySupport.ca to apply and sign up to receive program updates.

Tree Trimming – Why is it important?

Trees are an integral part of our community, however, when they are close enough to touch overhead power lines, they can compromise public safety and cause power outages. That's why ensuring adequate clearance from electrical lines is a priority for Hydro Ottawa.

We continuously monitor and gather data about trees in proximity to overhead power lines and, with the help of highly qualified arborists and forestry inspectors, we trim trees that are directly in contact with a power line or within 3 meters of a power line. Annually, we trim more than 40,000 trees.

Our tree trimming schedule and locations depend on a number of factors, including weather, contractor scheduling, equipment availability and property access. Customers are notified in advance of any tree trimming work on their property or in their neighbourhood that includes whether a power interruption is required to complete the work. Lastly, the tree trimming field crews provide daily updates on their progress and we regularly communicate with city forestry staff.

If you notice a tree near an overhead power line, or you need a temporary outage to trim or remove trees on your property, contact our Forestry Team at 613-738-6400.

Check out our tree trimming video and share it on your website, social media channels and newsletters to spread the word.

Mission Accomplished: One day, 20 hydro poles!

Twenty-five employees, six contracting staff, 20 poles, 12 hours, one Pole Claw, one day.

These were the numbers required to successfully complete hydro pole relocation on Maple Grove Road due to a road widening project on May 14.

This was not your "run-of-the-mill pole relocation" project. Crews worked in Kanata from the Bell Sensplex to Huntmar Road on Maple Grove Road to set 20 poles in new holes and run ropes in preparation to string overhead wires.

Hydro Ottawa crews set distribution poles along the north side of the street with a Pole Claw – an innovative and efficient method of setting poles with a heavy equipment "claw" that would have otherwise taken multiple personnel to safely accomplish.

For behind-the-scenes footage of the work that was done on Maple Grove Rd., check out this video.
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