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Statement from Ontario Minister of Energy

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Statement from Ontario Minister of Energy

Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy, released the following statement this morning regarding power restoration in the GTA:

"We want to thank all the crews, managers, first responders, City and provincial staff who worked long hours over the past three days to restore power. I also want to thank residents and businesses for their patience.

While the majority of GTA residents have power restored, efforts remain to repair equipment and bring the system back into normal operation. That's why we continue to ask GTA residents to conserve energy over the next few days, so that we can preserve system reliability.

We have seen strong conservation efforts from many customers across the GTA region. Easy ways to conserve energy include turning off unnecessary lighting, limiting the use of major equipment such as swimming pool pumps and turning down your air conditioner.

Provincial energy agencies will conduct a review to determine how our energy infrastructure performed and how personnel responded. This process ensures that best practices are in place to learn from every outage, and to minimize future system issues. It's an opportunity to determine causes, learn what worked and ensure we can deliver the best service for families and businesses.

As full restoration of our energy infrastructure continues, updates will be available from Independent Electricity System Operator, Hydro One and Toronto Hydro."

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