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After more than a year of gathering community input, conducting industry research, and performing in-depth financial analysis, Guelph Hydro is negotiating a merger with Alectra Utilities.

Why is a Guelph Hydro-Alectra merger the preferred option?

For Guelph Hydro customers, a merger with Alectra offers better rates, reliable service, local response teams based in Guelph Hydro’s current location and an exciting new Green Energy & Technology Centre.

Using Guelph Hydro customers’ top five priorities, here’s how a Guelph Hydro-Alectra merger compares to maintaining full ownership of Guelph Hydro.

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.

Merger with Alectra

  • A merger helps keeps rates lower than standing alone, with more savings expected in the years to come.
  • Merging Guelph Hydro with Alectra would help keep downward pressure on rates for at least 10 years.
  • After 10 years, customers would save even more when rates are aligned across Alectra’s high-density, urban, and growing customer base.
  • Guelph and Rockwood customers benefit from previous merger savings and avoid typical rate increases.

Maintain Full Ownership

  • No change to expected rate increases.
  • Customers would be exposed to Guelph Hydro’s typical rate increases in 2021 and 2026
  • Efficiencies limited to existing operations.

Service and Reliability

Customers can continue relying on a 24/7 control room; a technical call centre and 24/7 access to customer self-service. Customers would also get support from a larger team during severe storms or emergencies.

Merger with Alectra

  • Customer service, reliability and response times would be the same or better than they are today.
  • Local crews would respond to local outages and receive support from a large, highly-skilled team during severe storms or emergencies.
  • Alectra’s larger scale and focus on innovation could improve local performance and responsiveness.

Maintain Full Ownership

  • Guelph Hydro would continue delivering excellent service.
  • Customers in Guelph and Rockwood would continue relying on a 24/7 control room; a technical call centre and 24/7 access to customer self-service.
  • The company would meet its capital investment needs for core operations.

Community Planning

By partnering with Alectra, Guelph would have a stronger voice in the industry, meaning that its ability to advocate for local interests would be enhanced.

Merger with Alectra

  • As the first utility in Southwestern Ontario to merge with Alectra, 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.
  • A Guelph Hydro-Alectra merger would enhance Guelph’s ability to advocate for local interests among regulators, industry and other levels of government.
  • Guelph would share decision-making authority with other municipal shareholders.

Maintain Full Ownership

  • Guelph-centric innovation, community planning, and economic development strategies would continue.
  • Guelph Hydro could pursue partnerships and government funding for additional capital funds.

Environment and innovation

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

Merger with Alectra

  • Both Guelph Hydro and Alectra Utilities are focused on conservation, renewable energy, and environmental sustainability.
  • Alectra Utilities would invest in local infrastructure and establish a Green Energy and Technology Centre (GRE&T) in Guelph; a hub for green technology development.
  • Alectra would work closely with the City’s Climate Change office on local mitigation and adaptation efforts.

Maintain Full Ownership

  • Guelph Hydro would continue to focus on conservation and support for local renewable energy projects.
  • Ability to invest in new technology or modern services may be limited unless City of Guelph invests further capital or allows dividends to be impacted.

Local jobs

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

Merger with Alectra

  • Good paying jobs would stay in our community, and new jobs would be created as part of the Green Energy and Technology Centre.
  • Alectra is a municipally-owned utility with a caring, respectful employee culture.
  • No personnel decisions have been made. If necessary, there would be natural attrition and voluntary separation wherever possible.

Maintain Full Ownership

  • All operations would remain in Guelph.
  • Some job creation would be sought through Guelph-centric innovation strategy.

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