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IESO Appeals for Reduced Electricity Consumption in Toronto

July 9, 2013

Toronto electricity consumers are being asked to reduce their electricity use today in the wake of yesterday's severe flooding and power outages that hit many parts of the Toronto and surrounding areas just west of the city.

While more than 90 per cent of electricity service has been restored, supply within parts of Toronto remains uncertain given the need to reconfigure the system to work around those major transmission facilities that normally serve the City of Toronto but are now unavailable due to severe flood damage.

The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is appealing to Toronto consumers to reduce their electricity use where possible to help relieve the strain on the system.

"Consumer actions to reduce electricity use will help the IESO, Hydro One and Toronto Hydro manage the situation until major facilities are assessed and returned to service," said Bruce Campbell, President and CEO of the IESO.
Consumers can reduce the demands on the electricity system by:
- Turning off all but essential internal and external lights;
- Set air conditioners to 26 degrees Celsius or higher, or use fans as an alternative;
- Close curtains and blinds to keep out the sun and retain cooler air inside; and 
- Limit the use of major power-consuming equipment such as dishwashers, washers and dryers and swimming pool pumps.

The IESO is responsible for managing the reliability Ontario's bulk electricity system and operating the wholesale electricity market. For more information, visit www.ieso.ca.