Canada: Hydro One is making a $40 million investment over four years to improve infrastructure and accommodate future growth for the Sault Ste. Marie region.
President and CEO Mark Poweska said the plan is to improve its high-voltage electricity transmission service and ensure public safety in the area by replacing about 70 km of transmission line and wood poles, upgrading two transmission stations and clear grass and trees that have grown along about 400 km of Hydro One corridors.
Overgrown vegetation and tree removal will begin this year and the line refurbishment is planned to begin in 2020.
Hydro One acquired Great Lakes Power Transmission LP in October 2016 and streamlined the operations of both organizations in the region, making a work centre with staff accountable for the maintenance and replacement of local infrastructure.
Now known as Hydro One Sault Ste. Marie, it operates as a standalone licensed transmitter and connects Northern Ontario to southern Ontario as the second largest electricity transmitter in the province.
Source: The Sault Star