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Oshawa Power is once again proud to be sponsoring the City of Oshawa’s annual Oshawa Celebrates celebration to ring in the new year!  Read the City of Oshawa’s post below for more information.

Celebrate the arrival of 2018 at Oshawa Celebrates event

Posted on Monday December 11, 2017

Holiday Lights

The City of Oshawa invites residents to ring in the New Year at the Oshawa Celebrates 2018 event on Sunday, December 31. This fun, free, family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Legends Centre (1661 Harmony Road North, just north of Taunton Road).

Oshawa Celebrates 2018, sponsored by the Oshawa PUC Networks, will feature an action packed evening of free activities, including jumping castles, crafts, Zoo to You, Jungle Cat World, live entertainment and more. Complimentary hot chocolate will be available while supplies last.

A variety of free leisure swimming and skating options will also be available. Wristbands will be required to participate in the leisure swims and skates, and will be available when the doors open at 5:45 p.m. and handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. The evening will wrap up with a family countdown to the New Year beginning at 9:00 p.m.

“Looking for a great way to welcome in 2018, then why not join us at Oshawa’s Legends Centre,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “It will be an amazing party with lots to do for the whole family and still leave plenty of time for Mom & Dad to get home and relax before midnight.”

For more information about Oshawa Celebrates 2018, visit www.oshawa.ca/events or call 905-436-3311.

Event parking will be available at the Legends Centre and at the adjacent Maxwell Heights Secondary School. Durham Region Transit (DRT) bus service is available to the Legends Centre. For further DRT information, visit www.durhamregiontransit.com.

 

On November 28, 2017 Oshawa Power hosted a public open house, Customer Connect Centre, at the Oshawa Civic Complex.  This open house was the first of its kind that Oshawa Power has held in over 30 years.  Employees set up information booths of topics spanning right across the company.  This was an opportunity for customers to come visit us to learn about the utility’s technology, safety procedures, growth plans, conservation initiatives, our 130 year history, renewable energy programs and customer service billing and programs.  It was also an opportunity for our employees to engage one on one with our customers and have a conversation to educate and address any questions.

With hands on opportunities to test some technology and equipment, an ongoing visual display of Oshawa Power’s history and the many literature resources and subject matter experts on hand attendees had much to look at while the kids made use of the colouring table, a free face painter and the star of the evening “Zapper” the safety dog.

It was an evening of fellowship amongst employees and with our customers that was educational and entertaining.  We would like to thank everyone who came out to visit us and we look forward to hosting more open house events in 2018.  Stay tuned for details.

Thank you

The Oshawa Power Team

Oshawa area Text Message Smishing scam

Oshawa Power has received reports in our Customer Service department that some local customers have received fraudulent text messages claiming to be sent by Oshawa Power.  These text messages claim there is a refund for you and instruct you to click on a link to provide personal information.  Oshawa Power does not send out refunds using text message or email communication.  Oshawa Power also does not solicit for private information over these channels.  If you have any question please do not hesitate to contact us at 905-723-4623 or email us at contact us .

Phishing

This is a type of identity theft where criminals use email to try to bait you into fake or hoax websites. Once there, you are asked to disclose confidential financial and personal information, like passwords, credit card numbers, access codes or Social Insurance Numbers.

Emails tend to look authentic, featuring corporate logos and layouts similar to the ones used by institutions for legitimate communication. Because these emails can look so official, unsuspecting recipients may reply to them, resulting in financial losses, identity theft and other fraudulent activity.

Smishing

Scam artists have also found a way to send fraudulent messages to mobile phones. Smishing is similar to phishing, except that it is received via text message or SMS (Short Message Service).

Keep in mind all the points mentioned above when speaking about phishing. The intention behind text message phishing is the same as regular email phishing and the content and tone of the message is very similar.

Vishing

The term comes from “voice” and “phishing”. Vishing uses telephone communications in combination with email or the Internet to steal information and money from unsuspecting consumers. There are a few different methods con artists use. Typically you are contacted by either a recorded phone message or by email and directed to call a phone number or go to a website to enter personal information.

Always remember that Oshawa Power will never send you unsolicited emails or SMS messages asking for confidential information, such as your passwords, credit card and account numbers or personal identification numbers.

On October 17 2017 Durham-based electric utilities Oshawa PUC Networks Inc., Veridian Connections and Whitby Hydro, along with Hydro One, Enbridge and Union Gas, are hosting Powering Up Durham – Save on Energy Symposium to recognize local businesses for their conservation leadership and provide a platform for participants to share industry best practices.

The morning started off by listening to innovative energy conservation success stories from local businesses who are the recipients of this year’s Powering Up Durham awards.

Powering Up Durham Save on Energy Symposium brought together over 40 local exhibitors and industry professionals from across the area, and the break-out sessions offered rapid-fire discussion and insightful workshops. This was perfect opportunity to for businesses to interact with energy experts from the local electric and gas companies. The day ended with a detailed CHP tour at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

 130 years ago, on September 12, 1887.

In 2017, the Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation is looking back at its history after the first power switch was flipped in the city, 130 years ago, on September 12, 1887. (Photos courtesy of the OPUC)

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

While the name may have changed over the years, the purpose has not, and for that reason, the Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation is celebrating the 130 year mark since the switch was flipped on power in the city of Oshawa.

The date was September 12, 1887, and after a group of early businessmen and entrepreneurs in E.S. Edmonson, J.L. Guy and K.L. Murton got together to form the Oshawa Electric Company, they flipped on the lights for the first time in the small city of Oshawa, bringing to life 15 light posts and power for a few nearby businesses.

“The way we look at it is, all the successor companies are part of that history,” says Ivano Labricciosa, the president and CEO of the OPUC. “Serving electricity and power to the citizens of Oshawa has been around since the 1800s.”

Serving electricity and power to the citizens of Oshawa has been around since the 1800s.Originally, that power was operated in conjunction with the local flour mill, which previously sat on Lawrence Street, just south of Mill Street. For the most part, the original power was sourced from steam and augmented by a small water power plant powered by a dam in the Oshawa Creek.

At that time, power was only available during the nighttime hours between dusk and dawn, and sometimes, if the moon was bright enough, the power would be left off.

Tragedy struck in 1892 when the flour mill was destroyed in a fire. The power plant was eventually rebuilt, and then sold to the Stark Electric Co. out of Toronto. This phased in a new era for Oshawa’a lights as the arc lights were replaced with incandescent bulbs, upping Oshawa’s electric load to 600 kilowatts and serving approximately 400 customers.

It wasn’t until 1911, that power would be made available 24 hours a day, costing residents approximately 15 cents per kilowatt hour.

In 1929, the first iteration of what would eventually become the OPUC was formed when a bylaw was passed by city council to purchase the electrical system at a cost of $310,000. The council also purchased the gas distribution network at the same time for $210,000. The year after, the first Public Utilities Commission was elected from the population of 25,000 people calling Oshawa home.

And the Oshawa power company has not always been in the business of power.

In 1959, after CN Rail stopped operating the city’s bus system, it was left to the PUC to operate after council authorized the purchase of the system, along with 21 buses, for $20,000. Also, in 1970, the OPUC began offering billing services to other entities, upping their production of paper bills to about 27,000 per month, 14,000 of which were for Oshawa, and 13,000 for other utilities.

Through the OPUC’s old computer dubbed “Hilda” they offered data services to other municipalities and even operated the city’s municipal election in 1970.

For Labricciosa and his team, branching out is nothing strange to them, having invested in both a fibre optic network in Durham, and solar energy management projects in recent years. However, it was interesting for him to see that this diversification is something the OPUC has always done.

In particular, last year saw the OPUC  took over the operation and management of Regent Park Energy Inc. in downtown Toronto, which provides the heating and cooling network to the 18 buildings that make up Regent Park, Canada’s largest social housing project.

“We always had this notion that we did services for other utilities,” Labricciosa says. “It’s got a lot of touch points to today’s issues.”

Join us for a free screening of Academy Award winning documentary film maker Charles Ferguson’s film – Time to Choose. See full details below:

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Location: The Regent Theatre, 50 King Street East, Oshawa

Web: www.timetochoose.com

Program:

  • 6:30 p.m. Doors open, meet and greet, and light refreshments
  • 7:00 p.m. Presentation and movie
  • Free admission – donations of non-perishable food items are appreciated
  • Cash bar and door prizes

Green Energy Doors Open (GEDO) is an energy literacy communications campaign and annual showcase of individual, community, and commercial sustainable energy projects. It is organized and spearheaded by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association. The initiative aims to showcase advancements in the sector, demonstrating that Ontario is already on the path to building a 100% clean, sustainable energy system.

The GEDO annual showcase weekend celebrates sustainable energy projects and success stories in provinces across Canada. Every year in early autumn, businesses, organizations, community cooperatives, indigenous communities, municipalities and homeowners open their doors and host events to promote the sustainable energy initiatives and technologies in their communities. GEDO is free to participate in as a host and to attend, and aims to raise awareness, support, education and enthusiasm around sustainable energy in Canada.

Oshawa Power is participating in this year’s Green Energy Doors Open this Friday.  We will be offering tours and information sessions at 2 separate locations, 2000 Simcoe St N, Oshawa and 1282 Meath Dr, Oshawa.  See the links below:

Solar Battery Energy Management – 1282 Meath Dr, Oshawa

Combined Heat and Power Plant at Oshawa Microgrid – 2000 Simcoe St N, Oshawa

The lights were turned on for the first time in Oshawa September 12, 1887.  Use of electricity in Oshawa began when some enterprising citizens, E.S. Edmondson, J.L. Guy, and K.L. Murton created an arc lighting system for the little town and formed Oshawa Electric Light Company. Although they were met with a lack of local support for their endeavor they persevered to bring electricity to the small town of Oshawa.  Over the last 130 years there have been many changes and challenges for Oshawa Power.  It has been a fascinating and exciting evolution from just providing electricity to also providing water, transit, dark fibre and renewable energy to the residents of Oshawa.

Oshawa Power has always been on the forefront of change and continues to strive for industry “firsts”, all the while being community minded and a good citizen. We are proud of our heritage and legacy which explains a great deal of who we are – low rates, innovative, flexible and customer focussed.  We remain committed to our legacy that puts our customers first in everything we do, and will continue to keep in step with the energy needs of this dynamic community. Now 130 years later Oshawa Power is still locally owned and has had a long history of bringing Oshawa forward and it continues to make its mark in the industry as being a leader of innovation, a leader in customer service and satisfaction, a leader in renewable energy solutions and a financially responsible asset for our shareholder.  We look forward to a future where we will expand our role and continue to be a positive force in our community.

To look through some of our archives and learn more about Oshawa Power’s history please visit www.opuc.on.ca/timeline/

As we watched the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Oshawa Power employees took action and began to fundraise to contribute to the Harvey relief fund.  With Hurricane Irma close on Harvey’s heels set to cause even more damage, the call for help was received from the Florida utilities to help with the recovery effort and Oshawa Power immediately mobilized and sent the team.

Oshawa Power has joined with other Ontario partners and supplied three journeyman power lineman to aid in the power restoration effort in Florida.  Our team crossed the border Friday evening and has made their way already into the heart of the worst area surrounding Miami.  As we await to be joined by our Canadian colleagues early reports from our team are the devastation is very severe and the power restoration will take a considerable amount of time.  We are proud of our workers for volunteering to be away from their families to help the people and businesses of Florida recover from this devastation.

Hurricane Irma recently made landfall in the U.S. state of Florida as a major hurricane; it was the most intense Atlantic hurricane observed in over a decade. It was also the most intense hurricane to strike the United States since Katrina in 2005, and the first major hurricane to hit the state of Florida since Wilma in 2005.  Irma flooded streets, spawned tornadoes, knocked out power to millions of people across the state and snapped massive construction cranes over the Miami skyline.

Nearly 7.2 million homes and businesses were without power in multiple states.  The vast majority were in Florida. The state’s emergency management officials said the storm cut power to more than 6.5 million account holders across the state as of Monday afternoon.

As reported to CBS News Eric Silagy, the CEO of Florida Power & Light, said Irma caused the most widespread damage in the company’s history. It affected all 35 counties in the utility’s territory which is most of the state’s Atlantic coast and the Gulf coast south of Tampa. The most extensive damage was likely in the Naples area, but a full assessment was ongoing. He said 19,500 electric workers have been deployed in the restoration effort.

Oshawa Power is proud to answer the call and send its very best to those in need in Florida and be a part of representing Canada in this effort.  While we await the safe return of our colleagues we will continue to post regular updates of their progress.  We wish them well and ask them to be safe.

To follow our team’s progress please check our website www.opuc.on.ca, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook