We listened and now we’re using your feedback to deliver a better tomorrow for our city and hydro customers.

We listened and now we’re using your feedback to deliver a better tomorrow for our city and hydro customers.

Negotiating a merger between Guelph Hydro and Alectra Utilities

On October 5, 2017, after more than a year of exploring options and consulting our community, Guelph City Council decided to begin negotiating a merger between Guelph Hydro Electric Systems and Alectra.

Alectra, an innovative, municipally-owned hydro utility, provides power and related services to about one million customers in southern Ontario.

Here’s how a Guelph Hydro-Alectra partnership is expected to benefit residents and businesses in Guelph and Rockwood.

Better Rates

A merger helps keeps rates lower than standing alone. When local rates are aligned with Alectra’s growing, densely-populated service area, Guelph and Rockwood customers benefit from lower costs.

Reliable Service

Service would be the same or better. Local crews would respond to local calls and get support from a larger team during severe storms or emergencies.

Community Planning

Guelph Hydro’s current headquarters would become a regional operations hub. Increased annual dividends mean the City would have more money to invest back into our community.

Environmental Sustainability

Both Guelph Hydro and Alectra are already focused on conservation, renewable energy, and environmental sustainability. As part of a merger, Alectra would establish a Green Energy and Technology Centre (GRE&T) in Guelph.

Local jobs

Good jobs are staying in our community, and new jobs are coming. A merger with Alectra would also create new jobs at a new Green Energy and Technology Centre (GRE&T) located in Guelph.

Compare Both Options

See how this merger compares to maintaining full ownership of Guelph Hydro

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Guelph City Council appoints Strategies and Options Committee to compare maintaining full ownership of Guelph Hydro regarding buying, selling or merging with other utilities.

October 2016

Guelph City Council appoints Strategies and Options Committee to compare maintaining full ownership of Guelph Hydro regarding buying, selling or merging with other utilities.

January 2017

Our community is invited to learn more, and ‘ask us anything’ using open house events, telephone surveys, Energizing Tomorrow website and social media.

February 2017

City Council decides not to sell Guelph Hydro, and directs Strategies and Options Committee to explore possible mergers with publicly-owned utilities and maintaining full ownership of Guelph Hydro.

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June 2017

City Council approves further research into possible mergers.

Summer 2017

Guelph Hydro customers continues to ask questions, share comments, and participate in conversations with the Strategies and Options Committee at locations throughout the city.

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October 2017

City Council enters into formal merger negotiations with Alectra Utilities

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Winter 2017 to 2018

If merger negotiations are successful, partners submit a Merger, Acquisition, Amalgamation and Divestiture Application to the Ontario Energy Board.

Develop implementation plan

Establish leadership and governance