Distribution Reliability Projects

Ongoing projects are budgeted year over year to address the need to remove and replace rotten and damaged infrastructure, and substandard or defective devices that pose a danger to the public and safety of workers. These projects are: (1) Substandard Infrastructure Improvements, which updates legacy and substandard construction within the distribution system; (2) the Pole Replacement Program replaces aged and failing poles that have been tested or deemed in need of replacement; (3) Infrastructure Replacements and Betterments Program assists with the replacement of aged or defective devices; and the (4) Underground Padmounted Transformer and Switchgear Replacements and Painting Program helps repair and renew gears and transformers adversely affected by weather conditions and salt contamination. Finally, capital has been budgeted over the next few years for Line Recloser Refurbishments to rebuild and renew these sectionalizing devices ensuring correct operation every time.

Distribution Station Projects: Reliability and Load Growth

By the end of 2014, the construction of the new Belle Ewart 44kV to 27.6kV Distribution Station (DS) will be completed in the Lefroy area to facilitate growth requirements. With this new DS, a 27.6kV feeder tie to the Brian Wilson DS will provide excellent connectivity to the south end of Alcona and avoid 'islanding' new customer growth in Lefroy.

In 2016, the installation of a new 44kV to 27.6kV Distribution Station in the Big Bay Point (BBP) area will occur to facilitate growth of the Big Bay Point Friday Harbour Resort and surrounding area. This Station will also provide 27.6 kV to the Hewitt and Salem Lands allowing the start-up of subdivision growth in this vicinity as well as being tied to the Brian Wilson DS for redundancy and avoiding islanding of the BBP – Friday Harbour DS.

SCADA and Distribution Automation Projects

With a new Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA) program implemented in 2012 and the new Outage Management System (OMS) commissioned in 2013, efforts are being undertaken in 2014 and 2015 to construct a WiMAX 4G communication network for use by both the Town of Innisfil and InnPower. This new radio system will enable secure and reliable communication within all our remotely monitored and controlled devices, thus enabling better outage response to our valued customers.

Load Growth

There are three major construction projects underway in our service territory and InnPower will be designing and building infrastructure as needed to support load growth.

As part of its transportation engineering plan, the County of Simcoe is widening Innisfil Beach Road (IBR), between Thornton on the west end to 20th SR

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Friday Harbour is a mixed-use, recreation-based development in the Town of Innisfil. The development is to be located on approximately 239 hectares of..

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Starting in 2015 InnPower will be designing and constructing infrastructure to support load growth in the Hewitt and Salem Lands.

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