New power lines up for discussion this week


Hydro One to host community drop-in sessions  

Hydro One officials say they plan to start construction of the new Chatham to Lakeshore transmission line in May. The company is hosting two in-person community drop-in sessions on April 18 and 19 in Chatham and Comber.

At each session, residents can meet Hydro One’s project team and construction contractor, Voltage Power Limited, and learn more about the upcoming construction activities, potential disruptions or road closures for the project.

The first session takes place April 18 between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Comber Community Centre, on McAllaster Street in Comber.

The Chatham session takes place April 19 between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at St. Paul’s-Victoria Avenue United Church at 22125 Communications Rd. southeast of Chatham.

“We are approaching another exciting milestone on the Chatham to Lakeshore transmission line project that will bring us closer to unlocking the full economic potential of clean energy for the region,” said Andrew Spencer, executive vice president, capital portfolio delivery, Hydro One, in a media release. “Our priority is to engage with the community to be transparent about what to expect during the construction of this new line.”

Mayor Darrin Canniff said the municipality eagerly anticipates the increased electricity capacity for the region.

“Our community has many new economic opportunities to look forward to with the increase in capacity of clean electricity the Chatham to Lakeshore transmission line will bring,” he said.

Hydro officials said the new Chatham to Lakeshore transmission line is a double-circuit 230-kilovolt transmission line between the Chatham Switching Station and the newly built Lakeshore Switching Station in Lakeshore. Once completed and in-service by 2025, the new line will increase the amount of available energy to the region providing enough electricity to power a community the size of Windsor.

For more information about the project, visit: Chatham to Lakeshore Line (


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