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Posted on February 22, 2017

“MergeCo” Gets a Name

On January 16, 2017, southern Ontario’s newest emerging electrical utility announced that it now has a name, Alectra.  Alectra began business operations on February 1, 2017.  ... read more

 

Posted on February 22, 2017

Local Distribution Company Applies to Labour Board To Force a Representation Vote

In January of last year the sale of Brant County Power Inc. to Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro Inc. became official and the two local distribution companies (LDC) amalgamated as a new entity called Energy+ Inc.  The newly formed LDC’s territory covers 562 square kilometers, services approximately 63,000 customers and contains three distinct workforces each with their own separate collective agreement.  The Power Workers’ Union (PWU) represents the outside classifications based in the geographic area covered by the former Brant County Power Company.... read more

 

Posted on January 13, 2017

Pickering Nuclear is a key, low-cost source of electricity in Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan

On Jan. 11, 2016, following an in-depth cost-benefit analysis of all electricity options in the province, the Wynne Government announced Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Pickering nuclear facility would operate until 2024. ... read more

 

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Posted on December 21, 2016

Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan: Understanding Carbon Emissions, the Role of Nuclear, and Electricity Trade with Quebec

 
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Posted on November 29, 2016

Sustainable Transportation: Changing The World With Electric Vehicles

Cara Clairman has been driving her Nissan Leaf for nearly five years, and the president and CEO of Plug 'N Drive ​says the future of Electrical Vehicles (EV) is here.  When asked about the biggest barrier preventing EVs from entering the mainstream, Ms. Clairman says, "a lack of awareness and understanding of EV benefits is holding some people back." 
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Posted on November 21, 2016

Toronto Hydro and Cogeco Peer 1 Employees Merge Into Power Workers' Union

A merger between CUPE Local One and the Power Workers’ Union (PWU) is now final. CUPE Local One Members at Toronto Hydro and Cogeco Peer 1 Communications, voted with 92% approval to merge into the Power Workers’ Union on Thursday, September 15, 2016. The PWU finalized its endorsement of the merger at the 2016 Council of Chief Stewards with unanimous approval.... read more

 

Posted on September 23, 2016

Making a Difference

On Wednesday, September 21,  three incredibly brave Staff Officers from the Power Workers’ Union (PWU) literally went “over the edge” in an effort to raise money for kids in need.... read more

 

Posted on September 16, 2016

​CUPE Local One Members at Toronto Hydro and Cogeco Peer 1 Communications Vote to Merge with the Power Workers’ Union

Toronto - September 16, 2016 - On Thursday, September 15th CUPE Local One Members at Toronto Hydro and Cogeco Peer 1 Communications voted by a margin of 92 percent to merge into the Power Workers’ Union (PWU). ... read more

 

Posted on July 13, 2016

Final Report - Strapolec - Renewables and Ontario/Quebec Transmission System Interties

Historically, Ontario has exported and imported significant amounts of electricity to and from Manitoba, Quebec, Michigan and New York.  These arrangements help ensure Ontario has sufficient reliable energy and capacity to meet provincial demand.  The province’s 2013 Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) indicated that Ontario would continue to pursue cost-effective imports to help meet its future electricity needs. Most recently, Ontario and Quebec have been engaged in discussions regarding electricity exchanges that would benefit both provinces. As Ontario embarks on the next iteration of its LTEP, the costs and benefits of this option will be among the province’s supply choices. ... read more

 

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Posted on December 3, 2015

PWU Welcomes Agreement That Enables Bruce Power Refurbs

Toronto – December 3, 2015 – Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and Bruce Power have reached an agreement that will secure approximately 30 percent of Ontario’s electricity from the Bruce Power Nuclear Generating Station located near Tiverton, Ontario on Lake Huron. Bruce Power will continue to supply 6,300 megawatts of affordable, reliable, low-carbon electricity to the provincial supply mix for the long term.

As envisaged in the Ontario government’s 2013 Long-Term Energy Plan, this agreement will enable Bruce Power to proceed with mid-life refurbishments of 6 more of its 8 generating units. Mid-life refurbishment adds another 30 to 35 years to the operating life of each unit. Units 1 and 2 refurbishments were completed prior to the new agreement.

“This agreement is good news for Ontario,” said Don MacKinnon, President of the Power Workers’ Union. “Bruce Power will continue to provide huge amounts of reliable, affordable, low-carbon electricity, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. That means for decades to come each and every day approximately 7,000 metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions will be avoided.  It also means tens of thousands of good, high-skilled jobs right here in Ontario. These jobs include engineering and construction trades, workers at 160 nuclear supply chain companies located throughout Ontario, and the operations and maintenance staff at the Bruce site.” MacKinnon concluded “The wages from these jobs will also stimulate thousands of person years of employment in the rest of Ontario’s economy.” 

About The Power Workers’ Union

The Power Workers’ Union (PWU) represents the operations and maintenance workforce at Bruce Power and the majority of the men and women who work throughout Ontario’s electricity production and delivery sector. 
 
For further information, please contact:
John Sprackett                    416-322-4787            jsprackett@pwu.ca 


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