OSHAWA-Support for the local community is part of Oshawa Power’s core values and commitment to the way they do business. Oshawa Power dedicates time and resources to help the community where they need it most.

Oshawa Power believes investing time in their community, will also help strengthen it; evident by the many charitable initiatives they embrace through out the year. Oshawa Power employees volunteer their time fundraising and sitting on a variety of boards, community agencies and neighbourhood groups.

“Oshawa Power is dedicated to this community. We do not simply write cheques. Employees and managers alike roll up their sleeves and become involved because we care about the community where we live and work,” says President and CEO Ivano Labricciosa.

Recently Oshawa Power challenged their customers to participate in a charitable opportunity with them. The ask was for customers to help Oshawa Power in their support for three local charities:

Durham Outlook for the Needy – a volunteer run organization consisting of a soup kitchen (St. Vincent’s Kitchen) and food bank.

Simcoe Hall Settlement House – started in 1935 dedicated to helping improve the lives of less advantaged children, families and vulnerable adults.

YWCA Durham – for over 70 years the YWCA has provided emergency shelter, longer-term housing, counselling, and resources for women and children experiencing domestic violence.

Oshawa Power had an amazing response from their customers and would like to thank everyone who took the time to participate and helped them help the Oshawa community.

Oshawa Power has been a member of the Oshawa Community for more that 130 years and is dedicated to the community. This holiday season Oshawa Power employees worked with Simcoe Hall Settlement House to provide gifts for children in the community. Simcoe Hall Settlement House provided the first name, age, and the wish list of 46 children. Employees then chose a child and purchased a gift for them.

The spirit of giving was infectious. The employees talked to each other about what they had picked out for “their child”. Many employees took the opportunity to shop as a family, allowing their own children to pick out the gift and wrap it for another child.

President and CEO, Ivano Labricciosa said, “The employees at Oshawa Power are committed to helping in this community where we live and work. Not only do the staff make donations, they willingly help in the community volunteering their time and making a difference. It’s a great feeling to be a part of this organization and this community.”

The gifts were delivered to Simcoe Hall Settlement House for delivery to children in the community in time for Christmas.

In October of this year Oshawa Power began a customer engagement campaign to gather feedback on their 5 year investment plan. The campaign included 4 public town hall events, 1 telephone town hall and an online cost of of service survey. When customers choose to do the survey they are given the choice at the end to either enter in a draw for 1 of 5 $200.00 gift cards or  they can choose to have Oshawa Power donate $5.00 to 1 of 3 local charities; Simcoe Hall Settlement House, YWCA Durham, and Durham Outlook for the Needy – St Vincent Palotti’s Kitchen.

Oshawa Power’s Cost of Service Survey will soon be closing. The survey deadline has been extended until December 8th, 2019. Oshawa Power will then be calculating the number of donation requests per charity have been submitted and issuing a cheque to each charity just in time for the Holiday Season.

“We are very excited about this initiative and the uptake has been very positive. Our customers have the chance to provide their input on our 5 year investment plan and they can choose to support a charity that supports our local community. It’s a win-win for Oshawa and their residents.” says Ivano Labricciosa, President and CEO, Oshawa Power.

If you haven’t had the chance to complete Oshawa Power’s Cost of Service Survey visit their website and have your say!

Cost of Service Survey

Oshawa Power is partnering with Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance (ORCGA) and hosting Contractor Safety Day 2019!

This year’s event is being held at the City of Oshawa Consolidated Works Depot, 199 Wentworth St E, Oshawa, November 21, 2019.

We have an exciting agenda with great speakers from ORCGA, Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), Ministry of Labour, Own Your Safety, Ontario One Call and Oshawa Power.

There is also information booths for attendees to visit. If you would like to register for Contractor Safety Day please fill out this form: Contractor Safety Day Registration


On October 28, 2019 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm Oshawa Power hosted a Virtual Telephone Town Hall. Oshawa Power dialed out to all residential customers. The town hall gave Oshawa Power the opportunity to engage with their customers on issues important to them concerning their 5 year investment plan. President and CEO Ivano Labricciosa, Vice President Finance and Regulatory Affairs Phil Martin and Vice President Engineering and Operations Matt Strecker were standing by ready to answer any of the customers’ questions.

Oshawa Power also hosted two Public Town Halls. The first was held on November 5 at the McLaughlin Library from 5:30pm to 7:30pm and the second was hosted at the Oshawa Seniors Community Centre – John Street Branch on November 6, 2019 from 11:00am to 12:00pm.

Oshawa Power wants to hear from you

Oshawa Power is trying to reach as many of their customers as possible to get their feedback and hear their questions and apply it to the planning of their investment plan.

“The 5 year investment plan we are creating is as much our customers’ plan as it is ours. At the end of the day we are here to serve our customer and we want to hear from them. We encourage all Oshawa ratepayers to come out to these town halls and learn about the plan and ask questions,” says Ivano.

Where will Oshawa Power be next?

If you have missed the previous events Oshawa Power has two more scheduled.

 

  • Oshawa Seniors Community Centres – Conant Branch – November 29, 2019, 10:00am-11:00am
  • Oshawa Seniors Community Centres – Delpark Branch – December 4, 2019, 9:00am-10:00am

 

Take a Survey Help a Charity

Oshawa Power also has an online survey available until November 30, 2019 for you to submit your input. Completing the survey will also give you the chance to either win one of five $200 gift cards or you can choose to have Oshawa Power donate to one of three local charities. A great opportunity to give back to the community.

Cost of Service Survey

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November 12, 2019

PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP TO YIELD SIGNIFICANT GHG REDUCTIONS FROM ORGANIC WASTE DIVERSION IN GTA EAST

TORONTO, Ontario – Senior officials are gathering to celebrate a newly inked strategic partnership that will make significant Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reductions a reality at the Toronto Zoo. ZooShare, a renewable energy cooperative with over 600 members and Oshawa PUC Energy Services (OPUCES), a municipally-owned sustainable energy corporation have joined forces to complete the final milestone of the Toronto Zoo Biogas Project. This unique collaboration also includes the federal government’s Low Carbon Economy Fund, which will contribute $2.7 million over this phase and a planned expansion of the facility.

The contributions of ZooShare, OPUCES, the Toronto Zoo and the federal government will yield GHG reductions of about 20,000 tonnes of CO2e/ year and offset the equivalent of 1/3 of the Zoo’s electricity demand. “This first-of-its-kind project is symbolic of Canada’s newly emerging green economy, where structurally different organizations interplay in unique ways to generate sustainable bottom lines for all involved” says Ivano Labricciosa, President and CEO at OPUCES. “Our team is proud to bring our expertise in low carbon, distributed energy forward to enable this remarkable initiative”.

This project also shows what is possible when waste is reframed as a valuable resource containing energy and nutrients that can be used to grow more food and continue the cycle. It is a prime example of the circular economy in action. “ZooShare is extremely pleased to have OPUCES as a partner,” says Daniel Bida, Executive Director of ZooShare. “This investment will enable the project to reach commercial operations next year and OPUCES’ expertise will enable it to outperform expectations in the years to come.”

“The Toronto Zoo is committed to energy efficient operations, environmental sustainability, and renewable energy initiatives. From our perspective, the biogas facility is a fine example of community partnerships in action to develop renewable energy,” says Dolf DeJong, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Zoo. “We are excited that ZooShare has secured a strong project and operational partner in Oshawa PUC Energy Services, effectively making the ZooShare vision a reality.”

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OPUCES Zooshare Media Advisory and Backgrounder

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About ZooShare

ZooShare Biogas Co-operative Inc. is a non-profit renewable energy co-operative with 692 members across Ontario. Its mandate is to partner to develop an innovative zoo-based biogas plant that transforms zoo manure and local food waste into renewable power for the Ontario grid, and a nutrient-rich agricultural fertilizer.

About Oshawa PUC Energy Services

Oshawa PUC Energy Services Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation. OPUCES partners with proven solution providers to deliver tailored energy solutions and meet the needs of each individual customer, including low carbon distributed generation technologies such as CHP, wind, solar, and biogas. Oshawa PUC Energy Services’ portfolio is expected to have more than 30 projects in operation across the GTHA by the end of 2020.

About the Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo is Canada’s premier zoo and a national leader in saving wildlife to ensure the rich diversity of nature for future generations. More than a tourist attraction, the Toronto Zoo boasts a number of leading programs for helping wildlife and their natural habitats – from species reintroduction to reproductive research. A world-class educational centre for people of all ages, the Toronto Zoo is open every day except December 25 and attracts approximately 1.3 million visitors each year. Toronto Zoo is accredited by CAZA (Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums) and AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums). Look for these logos whenever you visit a Canadian zoo as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. For more information, visit caza.ca and aza.org.

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Contacts

Daniel Bida
Executive Director
240-401 Richmond St. W., Toronto, ON, M5V 2A8
647-704-6078
daniel@zooshare.ca

Janet Taylor
Manager, Sustainability and Business Advocacy
100 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa, ON L1H 7M7
905-723-4626 ext 5249
JTaylor@opuc.on.ca

Katie Gray
Strategic Communications Manager
361A Old Finch Avenue, Scarborough, ON M1B 5K7
416-392-5941
kgray@torontozoo.ca

Reminder that Oshawa Power’s Public Town Hall is tonight!

Oshawa Power is currently creating their five-year infrastructure investment plan and are seeking direct customer input. The plan will determine where investments needs to be made to provide a reliable, safe, progressive and modern distribution system.

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) requires electricity distributors to include customer feedback outlining their expectations and opinions on investments and development plans in infrastructure and services.

Oshawa Power is hosting a Public Town Hall at:

PLACE: McLaughlin Library Auditorium

DATE: Tuesday, November 5, 2019

TIME: 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

All Oshawa residents are invited to attend this information session on Oshawa Power’s 5 year budget plan and provide their feedback.

For more information please email communications@opuc.on.ca or call 905-723-4626 ext 5243.

Unable to attend the Public Town Hall but still want to have your say? Complete our online survey at www.opuc.on.ca/cost-of-service .

There is an aggressive fraudulent company impersonating Oshawa Power calling our customers and demanding  payment in cash and requesting people to meet them in obscure areas.

Customers are also receiving emails with our name, phone # and a link to pay – this is not us.

They have duplicated our IVR phone message and their call display displays Oshawa Power.

Oshawa Power will not ever ask you to meet them at a variety store or anything of the like and we do NOT have self service kiosks to make payments. Oshawa Power also does not have a toll free number.

Their contact phone number is 1-800-799-0318. Today they have requested our customers to meet them at 282 Marland AVE and the Midtown Mall to make payment.

Do not engage with these people and call Durham Regional Police at 905-579-1520.

October 21, 2019

Join the call Monday, October 28

Oshawa Power to host a Telephone Town Hall Session

OSHAWA –Oshawa residents are invited to join Oshawa Power’s Telephone Town Hall session on Monday, October 28.

The Telephone Town Hall session will run from 7:30pm to 8:30pm and will provide community members the opportunity to ask questions about the budgeting and planning process or simply listen to the conversation.

Oshawa Power customers will receive a phone call to the phone number listed on their hydro account from our Executive team:

• President and CEO, Ivano Labricciosa;
• Vice President – Finance and Regulatory Affairs, Phil Martin;
• Vice President – Engineering and Operations, Matthew Strecker


The calls will take place between 7:30pm and 8:30pm. Those who do not want to miss a minute of the conversation are encouraged to call in to 1-800-793-5370. Community members are encouraged to send their preferred contact number (landline or mobile) to communications@opuc.on.ca before 4:30pm Friday, October 25 to ensure they are not missed.

The Telephone Town hall will take questions related to:

• Oshawa Power budget
• Regulated budget process
• Capital renewal programs
• Infrastructure maintenance programs
• Facilities
• Safety and Reliability
• Customer Service technology
• Factors related to the delivery portion of your bill

Subjects not covered in Oshawa Power’s Budget Telephone Town Hall include:

• Cost of electricity
• Taxes charged on your electricity bill
• Regulatory rates

Those unavailable for the call can submit questions in advance by emailing communications@opuc.on.ca. A transcript of all questions received, and answers provided will be available on Oshawa Power’s YouTube channel following the Telephone Town Hall session.

Feedback received during the Telephone Town Hall will be shared with Oshawa Power staff and included in Oshawa Power’s Distribution System Plan.

Those wishing to opt out of the call can email communications@opuc.on.ca or call 905-723-4626 ext 5243 to provide the phone number they would like excluded.

For those who cannot participate in the Telephone Town Hall session Oshawa Power is hosting a Public Town Hall at the McLaughlin Library Auditorium on Tuesday, November 5 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Oshawa Power customers will have the opportunity to learn about the 5 year budget plan and ask any questions directly to staff.

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Media Contact:
Sheila Risorto
Marketing and Communications Analyst
905-723-4626 ext 5243; srisorto@opuc.on.ca