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Statement from Ontario Minister of Energy, Chris Bentley - November 1, 2012

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Statement from Ontario Minister of Energy, Chris Bentley - November 1, 2012

Today, Chris Bentley, Minister of Energy issued the following statement:

"Hydro crews from across Ontario have been working tirelessly to restore power since Monday evening after Hurricane Sandy knocked out power for more than 151,000 Ontario customers.

As of 7 a.m. power has been restored to nearly all 151,000 hit at the peak of the storm. Crews are working to restore power to the small number of customers that remain without power from localized or remote outages.

Hydro One has made great progress restoring power to families and businesses across Ontario. They are now in a position to be able to help our friends in the United States.

Hydro One has received a request from the National Grid in Massachusetts for help restoring power in the Boston area. It is estimated that almost 6 million U.S. residents are still without power after Hurricane Sandy. Hydro One and utility companies from across Ontario have a long history of providing help to other provinces and to the U.S. in times of need.

Hydro One has dispatched 145 skilled workers including line maintainers, foresters and support staff to help restore power. Crews are expected to reach Massachusetts late Friday.

We are so pleased to help our neighbours to the south. And we know our crews will make a difference in the U.S. the way they do each and every day here in Ontario."

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