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Statement On Hurricane Sandy From Ontario Minister Of Energy - Oct. 29, 2012

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Statement On Hurricane Sandy From Ontario Minister Of Energy - Oct. 29, 2012

This evening, Chris Bentley, Minister of Energy, issued the following statement:

"We are receiving regular updates from Hydro One and local distribution companies across Ontario. As of 10:30 this evening there are 330 reported storm related outages across the province affecting nearly 66, 900 customers.

Trained crews of professionals are onsite across Ontario and working to restore power safely and as quickly as possible. We will provide updates on power restoration as soon as they become available.

Hydro One's Grid Control Centre is monitoring the storm as it progresses. Hydro One is the direct power provider in many communities in Ontario and is well prepared to assist their own customers during storm events. If assistance is required by local distribution companies, Hydro One will direct resources, on a priority basis.

Local power companies are the best source for up-to-date, local information for their customers. Customers may call the phone number located on their utility bill or check their local utility's website.

The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is closely monitoring the situation and is taking steps to increase Ontario's ability to respond to changing circumstances, including keeping additional generation at the ready should it be required.

All of OPG's generating facilities are robust and designed to withstand severe weather.  OPG is working closely with partners such as Hydro One and the IESO to ensure a co-ordinated response is in place. The company reports no impacts from the storm at this time."

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