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Dec. 6, 2019 | Friday
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NOTL Hydro spending $3M to double power capacity
Kazi Marouf, vice president of opertions and Tim Curtis, presdent of NOTL Hydro. (Brittany Carter/Niagara Now)

Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro is bringing more power to town this fall, with a $3.3 million project to double capacity and continue providing service during outages.

A new transformer will be installed at one of two stations in town, ensuring that each station can support NOTL’s power demands, “to improve reliability so that each transmission station can support the whole town,” a  statement from NOTL Hydro said.

The project has been on the books for years, said NOTL Hydro president Tim Curtis, and the equipment should be ready to install by the fall.

“If power to one station is lost, as happened in April 2018, the other station can support the full town at any time of the year,” hydro said.

Curtis said the peak demand in NOTL is 60 MVA (megavolt amperes), adding that after the update, each station will be able to accommodate at least that on its own.

“The idea is that we’ll have a surplus in case of any outages,” Curtis said.

Curtis said the cost of the new transformer is already included in NOTL Hydro’s existing rates which he said remain the lowest in the Niagara Region and among the lowest in Ontario.

“The whole project is going to cost us over $3 million, so it’s not cheap. In terms of cost, our bills actually went down in May and they already incorporate those costs,” Curtis said. “We’ve been planning this for quite a long time.”

He said the utility will wait until fall to mitigate any risk of residents losing power during the installation of the new transformer, which from start to finish could take a full month.

“We don’t anticipate it’s going to take that long,” Curtis said.

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