Planned Outage in Almonte area, Martin St. North on Wednesday August 5, 2015. Ottawa River Power Corporation will be doing some maintenance work to their distribution system in the Martin St. North area of Almonte on Wednesday August 5, 2015. Power will be out between 8 am and 3 pm. In the event of inclement weather the alternate date would be Thursday August 6, 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The Appliance Retirement Initiative (Fridge & Freezer Pick-up Program) has been extended. Starting July 28, 2015 through December 31, 2015, customers who wish to have an older (more than 10 years old yet in working condition) fridge or freezer removed will be eligible to have the appliance removed, free of charge.
Customers simply need to call the toll-free line (1-877-797-9473) to book an appointment between August 1 and November 30, 2015 with the last fridge or freezer pick-up occurring on December 31, 2015.
Be aware of fraudulent door to door salespeople offering energy contracts. Read this article for more information.
Time of Use Rates have changed effective May 1, 2015. See the rate sheets under the residental of buisness tabs or the Time of Use Graphic, on the left, for more information.
Almonte Office Hours: As of March 20, 2015, our Almonte office, at 28 Mill Street will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. The Almonte office phone number remains: 613-256-3722, and the after hour emergency phone number remains: 613-256-3191. Almonte customers calling outside of the revised office hours are welcomed to call the Pembroke office toll-free at: 1-877-332-3316. The three-person line crew serving Almonte will continue its regular, full-time service hours.
May 11 to 17, 2015 is Powerline Safety Awareness Week in Ontario, a time to be reminded of the importance of staying clear of overhead and underground powerlines, particularly when working, doing household chores or having fun outside.
The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) and many of Ontario's local electrical utilities are running public awareness programs around the theme of 'Respect the Power.' Touching or even coming within a few metres of an overhead powerline can kill or seriously injure you. Yet all too often powerlines become 'out of sight, out of mind' as people go about daily activities.
"Tragically every year people in Ontario are killed or critically injured from contact with powerlines and electrical utility equipment," said Scott Saint, ESA's Chief Public Safety Officer. "We need everyone to recognize and respect the power and take some simple, yet life-saving safety precautions."
Five Ways to Respect the Power
- Locate the lines. Before starting any outdoor job whether at work or at home, first look up, look out and locate. Then keep track of where they are as you move around so you're always mindful of the powerlines.
- Keep yourself and equipment a safe distance away. For the kind of powerlines that connect a house to the poles on the street, keep yourself and any equipment (ladders, pruners, tall vehicles, etc.) at least one metre away. For the higher voltage lines that run down streets, stay at least three metres away. Not only is making contact very dangerous but even coming close to the line can cause the electricity to jump or 'arc' through the air and contact you or your equipment.
- Never attach or drape anything on a powerline. Never brace a ladder against a line or near its point of contact to a building. Don't run other lines like antennas or cables on or near powerlines. And never grab a line for balance when working at heights.
- Carry equipment horizontally. Carry ladders, pruners and other long equipment on their side, not vertically as they could connect or attract arcing from an overhead line.
Plant trees away from overhead powerlines. If your trees have grown into or close to powerlines, contact your local utility. Do not trim trees around powerlines yourself. And call before you dig to ensure underground cables and other utility equipment are located and marked. For more tree trimming and landscaping tips, visit esasafe.com
Notice of Application and Written Hearing from Ontario Energy Board
We recently filed an application with the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to amend our electricity distributor licence related to the energy supply agreement between Brookfield Energy and Ottawa River Power. The case number is EB-2015-0034 and the OEB expects to have a decision on this application by June 22, 2015. To view the notice in English, please click here. To view the notice in French, please click here.
Ontario Energy Board Releases Scorecard:
All local distribution companies (LDCs) in Ontario were recently assessed by the Ontario Energy Board for their performance on an array of categories. Please click here to see how ORPC performed in the first annual scorecard (for the previous fiscal year of 2013).