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Engineering

Halton Hills Hydro Inc., is committed to providing distribution excellence in a safe and reliable manner. Our goal is to deliver consistent power with minimal interruptions and disturbances.

At Halton Hills Hydro Inc., our Engineering team is proud to provide our customers with a high level of service. We look forward to working with you in achieving your goals for your electrical service and providing knowledgeable guidance.

As part of our commitment to providing power to our customers, we are being proactive to meet future load demand. This section will also provide recent and future Engineering projects, power quality and various Engineering specifications.

Transformer Station

Municipal Transformer Station

Halton Hills Hydro is committed to providing safe, reliable, and economic distribution of electricity.

Our core values are:

  • Safety (Employee and Public);
  • Customer Service;
  • Reliability; and
  • Profitability (Shareholder).

As part of our commitment to providing power to our customers, we are being proactive to meet future load demand and are in the initial stages of developing and proposing a Municipal Transformer Station (MTS). Our proposed MTS Project meets our core values in the area of reliability and customer service.

What is a Municipal Transformer Station (MTS)?

  • A MTS is high voltage transformation station where a transmission class voltage (230kV) is converted to a distribution class voltage (27.6kV). The purpose of the MTS is to provide an additional reliable source of power to address increased electricity demand as a result of new residential and industrial development in the Town of Halton Hills.

Where is the MTS being constructed?

  • Steeles Avenue corridor between Trafalgar Road and James Snow Parkway.

Why is the MTS being constructed?

  • Existing supply facilities are nearing capacity and with increasing development within the Town of Halton Hills, additional supply capacity will be needed to supply new customers and continue to provide reliable power to existing customers.

Current Status and Progress:

  • Halton Hills Hydro has completed and filed a Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA)
  • As part of the process Halton Hills Hydro Inc. held a Public Information Centre (PIC) at Hornby Golf & Country Club to inform the public of the project. In addition advertisements had been placed in local papers to provide further information.

In an effort to keep our customers informed of the proceedings, you will find below documents detailing the Class EA and alternative site investigations.

Engineering Specifications

Approved Materials Specifications

The following are Halton Hills Hydro’s Approved Materials Specifications to be used in conjunction with this utility’s Underground Distribution Specifications (UD-Specs) and were developed by Halton Hills Hydro Inc. to be used solely in this utility’s service area.

Underground Distribution Specifications

The following Underground Distribution Specifications (UD-Specs) were developed by Halton Hills Hydro Inc. to be used only in this utilities service area. The following standards have been approved by a Professional Engineering accredited by the PEO in accordance with Ontario Regulation 22/04 and the appropriate Certificates of Approval have been issued in the specifications latest revision. For proof of Certificate, please contact Halton Hills Hydro Inc., Engineering Department.

Switchgear and Transformer

Protection of switchgear and transformers during construction is a requirement to protect those working around equipment. Further, such protection will reduce the potential for inadvertent damage to switchgears and transformers. The following two standards provide our requirements for physical barriers around this equipment. You should obtain all utility LOCATES prior to installing the barriers.

Power Quality

Halton Hills Hydro is committed to providing distribution excellence in a safe and reliable manner. We are committed to providing the best possible quality of power and least amount of power interruptions and disturbances we can provide.

In this ever growing and changing world in which we live and work, customers (residential, commercial, and industrial) rely on the utility to provide uninterrupted power that is free of disturbances that can affect their equipment. We realize that even small disturbances that may not impact some customers could affect other customers with more sensitive equipment such as industrial processes and we are here to help.

Types of Electrical Disturbances

  • Voltage Sag: Characterized by a reduction in power on the distribution system. Typically a sag event results in voltage levels falling below acceptable limits.
  • Voltage Swell: Characterized by an increase in power on the distribution system. Typically a swell event results in voltage levels rising above acceptable limits.
  • Transients: There are two types of transients, impulsive and oscillatory. Impulsive transients are characterized as a quick high magnitude change in voltage/ current. An oscillatory transient is characterized by a change in the condition of the voltage and/ or current waveforms.
  • Interruptions: An interruption is a loss of power where no voltage or current is present.
  • Waveform Distortion: Numerous types of distortions can affect the supply voltage (ex. harmonics, noise, ringing)
    • Harmonics are often a result of non-linear loads such as solid state electronic equipment turning on/ off, variable speed motor drives, ballast lighting, etc and can occur when single phase loads are added to one phase of a three-phase system but may also be present in wholly single phase systems.

What Causes a Power Disturbance (Internal/ External)?

In your office or at home, there are all sorts of equipment that can negatively affect your power supply. There are numerous possibilities as to where and how electrical disturbances are being created. A few examples are provided below: If you are operating an industrial process you may think that problems you are experiencing are a result of a large machine not operating properly, but if fact it could be the office computer or printer introducing disturbances and affecting your machinery.

  • In your manufacturing plant where you have your own service monitoring equipment, you find the voltage dips below acceptable levels when you are starting up equipment. This might be the result of starting a motor and it drawing a large amount of current (referred to as in-rush current) when starting. This in-rush of current required by the motor can cause the voltage level to sag until the current being drawn by the motor decreases to its operating current (ie: steady-state current).
  • You are at home and you notice that every time you turn your hair dryer or vacuum on the lights dim. That may mean your equipment and the lights are connected in a series circuit and starting some equipment like a vacuum could cause the voltage to sag momentarily which can be visibly seen by lights dimming and then returning to normal brightness.
  • You are in a building and notice some rooms and lights have power but others do not. At other times the rooms that did not have power now have power and others do not. This may be the result of a loose connection either at an electrical panel or other point in the building. Loose connections, poor grounding, and incorrect wire sizes can result in poor power performance.

In all cases, a licensed electrician and/ or manufacturers of equipment may be able to assist you in examining the problems you are experiencing within you facility. By no means should you ever consider opening and working on a live electrical panel, socket, machine or other piece of equipment for which you are not qualified.

There is a wide variety of equipment you could be operating that can affect your service. Examples of such equipment are:

  • Computers/ printers/ Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS)/ electronic equipment/ kitchen equipment
  • Lighting
  • Air conditioners
  • Compressors and welders
  • Motors and Frequency Drives
  • Load switching devices
  • Improperly balanced circuits (internally)

However, your internal operations may not be the sole source of the problems you are experiencing. The electrical distribution system we and all other utilities operate is subject to a variety of influential disturbances that can cause disturbances in the power being supplied to you. Some of the more common influences are:

  • Weather (lightning, wind, ice)
  • Tree branches or animals contacting our power lines or equipment
  • Vehicular accidents
  • Digging into underground cable/ contacting overhead wires
  • Equipment malfunctions
  • Theft and vandalism
  • Capacitor bank switching

The extent to which a disturbance affects your residence or facility can in part be dependent upon the magnitude of the event and its proximity to you.

We always work to prevent problems on our distribution system from impacting your service by installing protective equipment, performing preventative maintenance and inspecting our equipment on a regular basis. However, there are some events (ex. weather related) which we have little to no control over but we do our best to restore power as soon as possible in a safe and professional manner.

Disturbances to Your Service

What is a disturbance or how can one be identified? Well, consider the following questions:

  • Do your lights flicker/ dim/ or brighten?
  • Does your computer or other electronic equipment turn off on its own?
  • Is your process equipment acting abnormally?

If so, this may be the effects of power disturbances. Disturbances, even momentary ones, can affect sensitive equipment.

In today’s technological world, power disturbances are more prevalent than ever but remain undesirable. It is always a good idea to ensure you are protecting your equipment at home and at work. Protection of your equipment ensures that it will function properly and not cause you or your business problems.

You may ask why in today’s modern age of technology have power disturbances become more of a problem. Prior to the use of computers, printers, and digital control equipment, much of the equipment used in the workplace was of a linear nature and did not introduce transients into the distribution system. However in today’s more technologically advanced society where computers, printers, and digital control equipment are much more prevalent, these non-linear loads can introduce transients into the electricity supply and affect equipment.

How can Halton Hills Hydro Help?

Halton Hills Hydro can help by monitoring your service for power quality problems and assist in identifying sources of disturbances. We have specialized equipment capable monitoring the quality of power and will work with you to determine where the source of disturbances may be originating. We typically install power quality monitoring equipment at the point of demarcation or as close as physically and safely possible. Contact our Engineering Department at 519-853-3700 to address and discuss your concerns. You can also submit a request using our Power Quality Report Form.

Power Quality Report Form

If the sources of power disturbances are being generated within your facility we will advise you to contact a licensed electrician. Electricians are often best suited to work with you to examine your internal electrical set-up and make recommendations.

Where the source of power disturbances are found to be on the utility power distribution system, we will take action as best we can to correct the problems on our distribution system.

In the design of your internal electrical set-up, it is always a good idea to work with qualified professionals to determine what effects your electrical equipment will have on your facility. The design stage is the best time for you to decide on and install protective devices to protect your equipment and help yourself ensure your facility remains in operation. As well, regular backup of data, installation of correctly sized UPS’s, and making sure sensitive equipment is protected are a few of many ways you can better ensure you are protecting yourself against power disturbances. Your equipment manufacturers, suppliers, and installers may be able to assist you in determining protective needs for equipment and should be consulted in this respect.

Please see Halton Hills Hydro’s Conditions of Service for additional information.

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New Service/Upgrades

If you are building or renovating a home or business in the Town of Halton Hills and require a new electrical service or upgrade to an existing electrical service you will require a Technical Service Layout from Halton Hills Hydro Inc. (HHHI). The Technical Service Layout is a process that establishes the point of connection for a service, requirements for connections, and roles and responsibilities of HHHI and the customer. All new, upgraded, or modified services shall be installed as per HHHI’s Conditions of Service.

To obtain a Technical Service Layout for a new or upgraded service please download the Application for Electrical Service Form, complete it, and contact Halton Hills Hydro’s office at 519-853-3700 Ext. 211 to begin the process. If you wish to have an consultation with Engineering prior to applying for a Technical Service Layout please contact 519-853-3700 Ext. 213. There is no charge for a consultation. Following submission of an online application please ensure you make payment using one of the options you will be provided with.

All new services shall be rated a minimum 200A up to the demarcation point. HHHI’s standard voltage offerings are:

  • 120/240V (single phase)
  • 120/208V or 600/347V (three phase, four wire)

Applicants requiring a Technical Service Layout should contact HHHI as early as they can in their process. Depending on the requirements of the Technical Service Layout it may take a few weeks to complete the layout following a request from a customer.

Technical Service Layout Process:

  1. The applicant, who may also be the customer,will contact HHHI and request a Technical Service Layout. The applicant can submit the Application for Electrical Service Form at this time.
  2. An Engineering Technician will contact you within 10 business days to discuss your request and set up a meeting.
  3. An Engineering Technician will prepare an Offer to Connect, site drawing (Layout) & specifications, and connection requirements and send those to the applicant/customer.
    • At this time an applicant may be requested to submit additional information about their service.
  4. The applicant/customer will receive and review the Offer to Connect and Layout drawings. To proceed with the new service or upgraded service the applicant makes payment of the Connection Fee shown on the Offer to Connect as well as sign and return the Offer to Connect signed by the customer.
    • For new services, the applicant will receive an account application. This form is to be completed by the customer who will pay the utility bill and returned with the Offer to Connect.
  5. The applicant’s qualified electrical contractor will perform their work and have the Electrical Safety Authority Inspect the work on the customers’ side of the demarcation point. HHHI will require a Connection Authorization for any service connection.
    • In some cases the applicant or their contractor will only need to contact HHHI’s Engineering Clerk at Ext 213 to coordinate a connection. This is normally the case for residential service upgrades where only wire may be upgraded.
    • Where the Technical Service Layout requires construction such as a service trench, pole or anchor installation, or transformer installation the applicant or their contractor should be coordinating their project with HHHI’s Engineering Technician that prepared the Technical Service Layout. Such types of work require additional coordination and can include inspections and crew scheduling.
  6. HHHI will perform our work that is necessary to establish the connection. Once we receive ESA Connection Authorization the connection is normally scheduled within 5 business days.

Service Layout Fee’s:

  • Residential: $278.73
  • Commercial/ Industrial: $691.06

Layout fees shown above are subject to change without notice and include applicable taxes. Halton Hills Hydro will make every effort to update this webpage when fees change. If an applicant mistakenly pays the incorrect fee Halton Hills Hydro Inc. will request outstanding amounts prior to commencing a layout.

Please note that for new services and in some cases upgraded services a new transformer may be required. New transformers can take 16-20 weeks to receive once they are ordered. Applicants requiring a new transformer should account for such lead time in their project schedule. HHHI only orders transformers once construction charges are paid.

When applying for a Technical Service Layout please have the following information ready:

  • Applicant’s name, address, phone numbers, email.
  • Type of service layout requested (residential/ commercial).
  • Is the request for a new service, service upgrade, or temporary service.
  • Service size (amperage) and secondary voltage (120/240V, 120/208V, 600/347V) needs.
  • Site drawings.
  • Electrical equipment drawings, equipment ratings, Single Line Diagram (commercial applications).

Applicants should note that HHHI has specific limitations on the size of transformer that we will supply and connect to our distribution system. Applicants will be required to supply and install their own transformation and related equipment when:

  • The applicant requires greater than 300kVA of transformation where the distribution feeders voltage 4160GrdY/2400V or 8320GrdY/4800V. The applicant will be connected to HHHI’s 44kV sub-transmission system.
  • Where an applicant requires greater than 1500kVA of transformation when connecting to the 27600GrdY/16000V distribution system.

To review HHHI’s demarcation points please review appendix C in our Conditions of Service. A demarcation point is the point where ownership of assets changes from the utility to the customer.