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Six Freaky Facts About Electricity that Will Make your Hair Stand Up

Electricity plays a huge role in our lives, yet many unknowns, misconceptions, and classic tales contribute to its spooky vibe. We’d like to share some fun facts and stories to help set the tone for the season while also building some context around why electricity has developed this reputation.

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Leaders Don't Need Titles

For those of us in the National Capital Region, 2018 will be most remembered for the six tornadoes that hit Ottawa-Gatineau and the surrounding area on September 21.

Workers on the field during the tornado in 2018.

Weathering the Storm: A Look Back at the September 2018 Tornadoes

On September 21, 2018, six tornadoes ripped through Ottawa-Gatineau and surrounding areas; destroying homes, trees, hydro poles and so much more. For a city that rarely faces natural disasters of this kind, no one anticipated the extensive damage that this storm would leave behind.

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Three Ways We’re Making Energy Literacy Fun for Kids (and Adults!)

As kids are settling back into their school routines, it’s easy to hear the groans that come with that painful transition. School and learning can have a bad rep for being boring – especially compared to the freedom of summer. But, thankfully, it doesn’t need to be, at least not when it comes to learning about energy!

Elgin Street Renewal, more than just a burial project for Hydro Ottawa

The design and construction for the renewal of Elgin Street is scheduled to be completed in early 2019. The 12-block stretch of Elgin Street is undergoing a dramatic overhaul, including improvements to its utility infrastructure, some of which dates back to 1874.

Bank of Canada modernizes while preserving heritage

In 2016, the Bank of Canada completed an extensive renewal of its headquarters in Ottawa, successfully renovating and updating the complex while preserving its heritage. Working with Hydro Ottawa to make use of the Save on Energy Retrofit Program, the Bank of Canada has undergone a full building retrofit.

Crisis Communications: Where Reputation is Won and Lost

When thinking about your Local Distribution Company (LDC) and the work it does, you may not immediately think about communication.

Public Safety Tips

Public safety is the top priority, as Hydro Ottawa crews work to restore power after a devastating tornado caused significant power outages.

The Future is Electrifying

Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) are on the rise in Canada, leaving many with questions about the impact EVs will have long term on the environment and on the energy grid.

The Dos and Don’ts of Public Charging

With electric vehicles (EVs) becoming a more popular option for drivers, we are also seeing more and more public charging stations, generally called an Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) being installed. This is true both in cities and along major highways where the installation of DC-Quick or Fast Charging (DCFC) stations has grown significantly.

All Charged Up

Owning an electric vehicle (EV) these days isn’t any more complicated than owning a gasoline one. In fact, the argument could be made that it’s easier from a “fuel” perspective. While refueling gasoline vehicles require a stop at the pump to top up or fill the tank, the same can be accomplished with an EV by simply plugging it in.

The Evolution of Smart Audio – why we’re listening now

Smart speakers such as Google Home, Amazon’s Echo and Apple’s newly released HomePod have been on the market for less than three years – and in Canada we are still within the first year of smart audio – but market trends and research suggests this is an area we should all be paying attention to.

The ins and outs of owning an EV

Electric vehicles (EVs) have been a hot topic for the last little while; after all of this noise on the subject you might be left thinking to yourself “can they really compete with a regular gasoline vehicle?” The answer is yes. Yes they can.

Is an EV right for me?

As the technology associated with electric vehicles continues to develop, more Canadians are considering the switch to EVs.

Woodpeckers & Hydro Poles

Woody Woodpecker’s Pecking Holes in Poles is a timeless childhood classic for many. But while everyone’s favourite animated woodpecker may enjoy drilling its beak into utility poles, it’s a real problem with a result that isn’t so favourable for electrical and telecommunications companies.

Remembering Y2K: The Catastrophe That Wasn’t

It was December 31, 1999 – five hours before the ringing in of a New Year and with it, a new millennium – and employees at Ottawa’s pre-amalgamated electric utilities were fielding calls from customers, patrolling the city, observing the electrical system, and monitoring computer programs.

The electricity grid’s nervous system gets a brain

It’s 1978 and Pierre Trudeau is Canada’s sitting Prime Minister, Marion Dewar is the second woman to become the Mayor of Ottawa, and the Rough Riders finish first in the eastern division (spoiler: they eventually lose the Grey Cup championship).

The right light can make our families happier

This west-end family was tired of climbing ladders to change light bulbs in their vaulted ceilings. With LED bulbs now installed, they can put the ladder away for 22 years.

The right light can make our smiles brighter

There are countless products and cases that exist to give you that perfectly lit selfie. We recommend with starting with a well-lit room first. Some of these examples can be found at TD Place.

Spreading the buzz on electricity: 4 ways Hydro Ottawa’s engaging students

What happens when you pack dozens of primary school students in a gymnasium and try to teach them about electricity?

When your lights are out, we’re on

We can all remember a time when the lights have gone out. Maybe we woke up to the alarm clock flashing or had to trade the brightness of a lamp for the glow of candlelight over dinner.

DIY craft ideas for the holidays

Cozy winter days are a great time for a good DIY project. Check out these fun (and energy-friendly) ideas. Happy crafting!

Six easy ways to get your home winter ready

When you make small energy efficiency changes around the house, you use less electricity. Small changes can make a big difference.

A two-year job interview to find the best

The importance of apprenticeship and trades training to attract the next generation can’t be understated as the baby boomers reach retirement. Industry and post-secondary institutions must partner to promote the trades as a rewarding career path for young people and ensure a seamless transfer of knowledge.

Take Your Customers Up, Up and Away!

Every day, flying robots take to the sky over nearly every major metropolis on the planet. It sounds like science fiction; but these flying robots return to earth with impossible stories to tell. Stories that were once too expensive to capture for a small Communications shop. A shop like ours at Hydro Ottawa.

We Work Here, We Give Here!

Giving back is an important part of Hydro Ottawa’s culture. As a community-based company, we have been, since our inception, strongly committed to making a positive difference in our community.

Put the Customer at the Centre of Everything

Back in 2011, Hydro Ottawa created its five-year Strategic Direction. It didn’t seem revolutionary at the time, but in identifying our four priorities for the future, we understood that placing a high priority on the customer was fundamental to the success of our company.

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