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28 Horizon Utilities is focusing on the renewal of its underground systems, which support many neighbourhoods and business districts in our communities Infrastructure – Building Our Future 2014 was a critical year on many fronts for the renewal of our distribution system. A significant portion of Horizon Horizon will now be focusing on the Utilities’ existing system was installed renewal of the underground systems, during the 1950s to 1970s growth era which support many neighbourhoods in Hamilton and St. Catharines – poles, in our communities. We are working wires, underground cables and with our customers to ensure they are distribution stations, containing aware of the work that will be done, transformers, breakers, switches and and when it will be done. circuits. In 2014, half of our distribution network was nearing the end of its life. We continue to leverage newer and It not only requires replacement, but more efficient technologies that will modernization. enhance the sophistication of our distribution business. In 2014, we In support of the 2015 to 2019 regulatory upgraded our Geographic Information approval we received, Horizon Utilities System (GIS) and introduced a new developed a distribution system Outage Management System (OMS). renewal plan, one based on a The two technologies immediately detailed and thorough asset condition began working together to identify the assessment with specific work location and extent of outages, timelines. In 2014, we received the providing valuable information in necessary OEB approval for the first determining solutions. five years of our capital and operating plan, paving the way for us to move Horizon’s grid modernization will forward. ultimately deliver ‘smart’ networks that will be better able to remotely identify We allocated $33.0 million in the source of power outages, isolate distribution capital investments in affected areas and begin restoration 2014, over half of which was efforts – all without needing to be earmarked for proactive measures to on site. ensure ongoing reliability of service. Major projects were completed in both St. Catharines and Hamilton, mostly involving above ground equipment. $33 million in infrastructure improvements $13.5 million paid in dividends to community shareholders in Hamilton and St. Catharines ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY


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