Hydro forestry operations

Utilities & Rural Services – OVERVIEW

Hydro

Waterfront property owners represent a major electricity customer group, with over 250,000 meters (mostly Hydro One customers) in various rate classes (R1, R2, Urban). FOCA’s members are concerned about rising electrical rates, disparity in rate classes, power outages, and business practices by electricity providers regarding forestry management and use of pesticides, as well as invasive species prevention.

>Seasonal Hydro Bills explained – an overview from Hydro One

>for more about Hydro costs, visit our webpage: https://foca.on.ca/electricity-pricing/

Hydro One Storm CentreHydro One Storm Centre – Keep track of planned and unplanned electrical outages for Hydro One customers, by smartphone or computer:

http://www.hydroone.com/stormcenter3/

NOTE: To report an outage call 1-800-434-1235


Internet service in Cottage Country

In Eastern Ontario, EORN (the Eastern Ontario Rural Network) has been working to improve broadband and cell coverage.  This ongoing project covers 50,000 square kilometres, and now serves over 90% of this region of more than one million people with high-speed Internet service.

In Southwestern Ontario, SWIFT (Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology) is leading a similar project.

Read about the Cell Tower Siting Process in Eastern Ontario, from EORN.


Propane

Propane is clean burning and competes with fuels on efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions in many applications. It also offers some air quality advantages: when properly mixed with air to form a combustible mixture, propane emits virtually no soot, and low carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and oxides of nitrogen, which are the basic precursors of ground-level ozone, or smog.

In many cases, propane the only fuel used in remote locations because of its portability, especially for applications where demand patterns change, such as construction sites or cottages.  Many thousands of rural and waterfront residences use propane as a primary home heating fuel source.

The harsh winter of 2013 – 14 saw propane prices spike considerably.  To learn more about  propane pricing, read this summary from the Canadian Propane Association: Understanding Propane Prices (pdf; 1 page)

Michelle LewinUtilities & Rural Services – OVERVIEW