Toronto Hydro invests $60M to upgrade west end electricity grid
The upgrades to Hydro One's power infrastructure will support growth and electrify the Eglinton Crosstown LRT
TORONTO—Public power distribution firm Toronto Hydro is investing $60 million to upgrade Hydro One Ltd.’s electricity grid on the city’s west end.
The two companies detailed the new project Aug. 23 and said the investment will help the grid adapt to increased demand in western Toronto as well as power the new Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit system, which is currently under construction.
“As a result of mass transit expansion, new development and population growth, Toronto is seeing shifts in demand for electricity today and for the future,” Anthony Haines, Toronto Hydro’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “This project is necessary to ensure Toronto Hydro—through Hydro One’s supply—is able to continue to meet the needs of all our customers and renew the system for the next generation.”
The project includes upgrades at Hydro One’s Runnymede Transformer Station and along 10 kilometres of nearby transmission lines. The grid work will improve the system’s reliability and resiliency against outages, the two power companies said.
Crews started work on the project in June and construction is expected to wrap up by December 2018.