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Power Restoration Continues - Conservation Still Required

August 15, 2003

The Independent Electricity Market Operator (IMO) is asking the people of Ontario to continue to conserve energy, as it works to restore electricity to the Ontario grid.

As of 6 p.m. Friday, about 15,500 megawatts (MW) of electricity had been restored, with another 2,000 MWs expected to be back on line by late evening Friday. Ontario is receiving substantial support from Hydro-Quebec. However, this is still short of load normally expected.

IMO officials continue to work closely with provincial agencies, local distribution companies and external power providers to ensure electricity is returned as soon as possible. However, people are asked to be patient, as restoration must take place methodically in order to avoid more problems on the system.

The IMO anticipates that almost all parts of the province will have some power over the next 24 hours as significant load restoration is expected. However, many areas will experience rotational outages. This is done to protect the system from longer, wide scale blackouts.

People who have electricity to their homes and businesses are being urged to only use electricity for their essential needs. These conservation efforts will play a key role in ensuring the power restoration proceeds smoothly.

The IMO asks all businesses, industries and residential consumers to refrain from using their air conditioners, turn off unneeded lights, turn off swimming pool pumps and refrain from using appliances.

The Independent Electricity Market Operator (IMO) is asking the people of Ontario to continue to conserve energy, as it works to restore electricity to the Ontario grid.

As of 6 p.m. Friday, about 15,500 megawatts (MW) of electricity had been restored, with another 2,000 MWs expected to be back on line by late evening Friday. Ontario is receiving substantial support from Hydro-Quebec. However, this is still short of load normally expected.

IMO officials continue to work closely with provincial agencies, local distribution companies and external power providers to ensure electricity is returned as soon as possible. However, people are asked to be patient, as restoration must take place methodically in order to avoid more problems on the system.

The IMO anticipates that almost all parts of the province will have some power over the next 24 hours as significant load restoration is expected. However, many areas will experience rotational outages. This is done to protect the system from longer, wide scale blackouts.

People who have electricity to their homes and businesses are being urged to only use electricity for their essential needs. These conservation efforts will play a key role in ensuring the power restoration proceeds smoothly.

The IMO asks all businesses, industries and residential consumers to refrain from using their air conditioners, turn off unneeded lights, turn off swimming pool pumps and refrain from using appliances.