Assessment of Toronto Hydro Electrical Supply and Delivery Infrastructure
Key stakeholders in the City of Toronto such as the WeatherWise Partnership have recognized the importance of the electrical sector and its vulnerability to a changing climate, and targeted it in 2011 as a priority area for further investigation. As part of this endeavour, Engineers Canada engaged the Clean Air Partnership to work with Toronto Hydro-Electrical System Limited (THESL) in order to demonstrate the applicability of the Protocol on Toronto Hydro owned electrical distribution infrastructure in the City of Toronto. THESL is Canda's largest municipal electrical distribution utility. It owns and operates the city's electrical distribution infrastructure system which supplies power to over 700,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers.
This application of the Protocol thus serves as an opportunity for THESL and other main stakeholders in the City of Toronto to better understand the threats posed by climate change on the electrical distribution system. This can lead to the identification of priority areas for further action and investment, thereby allowing THESL to better prioritize its response to climate related threats and continue to provide a safe, reliable supply of electricity to Canada's largest city.