Last week, Western Ontario experienced a major ice storm with thousands of homes and businesses suffering power outages.
Several GTA school boards, public library branches, universities, and colleges rolled out various cancellations throughout the day. Even the Toronto District School Board, which hadn’t had a snow day in nearly eight years, closed its doors on Tuesday in preparation for the big storm.
Late Tuesday evening, a Toronto area hydro company reported a power outage in Mimico affecting nearly 2,000 customers. Difficult and dangerous weather conditions delayed crews, making it difficult to restore power to the area before midnight that evening.
Toronto experienced several smaller power outages throughout the evening due to growing ice buildup.
In addition to power outages, several Toronto area hydro companies also had to deal with downed wires and hanging tree branches – an additional health and safety hazard.
Both Pearson and Billy Bishop airports experienced flight delays and cancellations. More than 450 flights had been cancelled at Pearson by noon – nearly 32% of their flights for the day.
The snowstorm was so bad, even the Raptors cancelled their last practice before the NBA all-star break.
Reliable, Consistent Power in the Face of Regional Power Outages
Amidst rolling power outages and the chaos that the city of Toronto, and the rest of the GTA, were experiencing, one arena facility in Burlington, Ontario did not lose a second of power thanks to their dedicated energy system.
Stoneridge Ice Centre, formerly known as the Wave Twin Rinks in Burlington, Ontario, is the first arena facility in North America to adopt a new energy platform that takes it off the public utility grid and virtually eliminates the chance of a power outage. Stoneridge – a dedicated hockey training centre with two full-size rinks and two mini pads – is working with OOM Energy, a private utility that has developed a new concept for producing and distributing electricity. The result is lower-cost power that is more reliable and environmentally friendly.
OOM Energy is a Dedicated Energy Systems provider, an alternative to the traditional public electricity grid. Our mission is to combine our innovative approach to generating affordable and reliable energy with a commitment to the harmonious balance of people, planet, and profit.
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