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Rate adjustment for Cornwall Electric Customers effect July 1, 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011

May 2, 2011 (Cornwall, Ontario) - Cornwall Electric customers will experience a moderate rate increase of 3.26% effective July 1, 2011. Michael Pescod, Regional Manager of Cornwall Electric, attributed the increase to the contractual provisions included in the long-term wholesale electricity supply contract negotiated with Hydro Quebec in 2008 and a billing adjustment by Hydro Quebec for energy previously supplied and consumed but not invoiced. Following this increase, the rates charged by Cornwall Electric continue to be less than rates charged five years ago.

As previously announced by the Provincial Government, Cornwall Electric eligible residential and small business customers will also receive the new Ontario Clean Energy Benefit which provides a 10% savings on electricity costs. These savings will be applied retroactively from January 1, 2011 to the first invoice of May consumption and are expected to continue for the next five years.

“Like all other utilities in Ontario, the cost of electricity in Cornwall is passed through to its customers. The long term contract with Hydro Quebec provides rate stability and ensures reliability of supply for the remaining contract term to December 2019,” said Pescod. “With recently announced rate increases elsewhere in the Province, Cornwall Electric rates compare favorably to surrounding electrical utilities”.

The wholesale cost of electricity represents approximately 85% of the customer’s total bill. The remaining 15% represents the distribution charges. The distribution charges pay for Cornwall Electric to deliver power safely and reliably from the Cedars Rapids Transmission lines to the customers’ homes and businesses and to provide for system maintenance and capital equipment replacement. Cornwall Electric will invest approximately four million dollars in system expansions and capital replacements in 2011. Cornwall Electric customers do not pay the debt retirement charge paid by the majority of customers in Ontario.

Cornwall Electric promotes the wise use of electricity and urges customers to conserve energy and consider changing to energy efficient appliances, lighting, shower heads, and installing programmable thermostats, weather stripping and pool pump timers. These measures will reduce consumption and help manage the cost of the service.

Cornwall Electric supplies electricity to 23,800 customers in the City of Cornwall, South Glengarry, South Stormont, and the Ontario portion of the Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of FortisOntario, headquartered in Fort Erie with operations in distribution and transmission serving approximately 65,000 customers in Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Cornwall, Gananoque and the Algoma district of Ontario. FortisOntario is 100% owned by Fortis Inc. of St. John’s, Newfoundland. For more information on FortisOntario, please visit the corporate website at www.fortisontario.com.

For further information contact:
Mr. Michael Pescod
Regional Manager
Cornwall Electric
Phone: (613) 932-0123, ext. 4228

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Cornwall Electric Donates $40,000

Monday, April 11, 2011

April 11, 2011 (Cornwall, Ontario) - Cornwall Electric has donated $40,000 towards the main rink score clock for Cornwall’s new Three-Plus One Centre. The centre is a premier community complex where hockey, soccer and tennis may be played all under one roof.

“Our Company is an integral part of the Cornwall community and is proud to make this donation” said Michael Pescod, Regional Manager of Cornwall Electric. “A state of the art facility like this is a welcome addition for the community. This amenities centre is a benefit to the entire community supporting active and healthy lifestyles as well as stimulating the local economy when hosting sporting events.”

Cornwall Electric supplies electricity to 23,300 customers in the City of Cornwall, South Glengarry, South Stormont, and the Ontario portion of the Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of FortisOntario. FortisOntario has operations in electricity distribution and transmission and serves approximately 65,000 customers located in Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Cornwall, Gananoque and the Algoma district and meets a peak demand of 296 MW. FortisOntario is 100% owned by Fortis Inc. of St. John’s, Newfoundland. For more information on FortisOntario, please visit the corporate website at www.fortisontario.com.

For further information, please contact:
Mr. Michael Pescod
Regional Manager
Cornwall Electric
Phone: (613) 932-0123 Ext. 4228

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Changing Light bulbs to Change the Planet

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Changing Light bulbs to Change the PlanetOut with the old, in with the new! Twenty-eight DSBN schools have replaced standard lights and fixtures with energy efficient versions which will save enough power to illuminate one high school or six elementary schools for an entire year. This initiative was made possible through the Electricity Retrofit Incentive Program (ERIP).

Implemented by Canadian Niagara Power Inc. in cooperation with the Ontario Power Authority, Hydro One, Niagara Peninsula Energy and Welland Hydro, participating DSBN schools had their lights catalogued and their needs assessed by Osram Sylvania to ensure that by changing lights they could simultaneously save energy and improve light quality in schools.


While most homeowners can relate to changing a few light bulbs in their homes, the DSBN lighting retrofit project was a bit more complex. In all, 12,694 fluorescent light tubes and 6,397 fluorescent ballasts were replaced. The retrofit was made possible through the incentive program which will refund up to 40% of the cost of the project to the DSBN. On Friday, March 25 at 1:00 p.m. Canadian Niagara Power Inc. will present a cheque for $88,589 to the DSBN. “This program is a win-win for everyone,” said Director of Education, Warren Hoshizaki. “Decreasing our energy consumption is fiscally sound however, because this project also improves the lighting in our schools, our students’ learning experience is heightened as well.”

“Canadian Niagara Power and its partners are pleased to support the efforts of the DSBN to conserve energy. Canadian Niagara Power’s conservation and demand management programs provide a range of incentives to help our customers reduced electricity consumption and save money,” said Glen King, Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Canadian Niagara Power Inc.

Media are welcome to attend a cheque presentation photo opportunity.

Date: Friday, March 25, 2011
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Garrison Road Public School, Fort Erie
Officials from Canadian Niagara Power will present $88,589 to DSBN staff and students.

Electricity Retrofit Incentive Program Inquiries:
Mary Tibollo, Program Manager, Canadian Niagara Power – 905-994-3638

Media Inquiries:
Brett Sweeney, Communications Officer
District School Board of Niagara
905-641-2929 ext. 54106
brett.sweeney@dsbn.edu.on.ca

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FortisOntario and Lake Huron Anishinabek First Nations announce memorandum of understanding to develop Transmission Projects in Ontario

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

FortisOntario Inc. (“FortisOntario”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Fortis Inc. (“Fortis”) (TSX:FTS) and First Nations’ Lake Huron Anishinabek Transmission Company Inc. (“LHATC”) announced today that FortisOntario and LHATC have entered into a memorandum of understanding for a joint venture to develop, construct and operate regulated electricity transmission projects in Ontario. LHATC represents First Nations who are signatories or are adherent to the Robinson-Huron Treaty of 1850. FortisOntario will hold a minimum 51% interest, with LHATC having the rights to acquire up to a 49% equity interest, in the joint venture.

The Ontario Energy Board recently issued a Framework for Transmission Project Development Plans (the “Framework”), which encourages competition for new transmission investment in Ontario through a formal competitive designation process for projects identified by the Ontario Power Authority, the transmission planner for the Province of Ontario. The Framework was issued in response to the significant investment required in Ontario’s transmission system to build additional capacity to accommodate new renewable energy supply and upgrade the aging transmission infrastructure to ensure a safe, reliable and efficient system over the long term.


“This joint venture will leverage the combined strengths of LHATC and its unified group of First Nations communities with the expertise of the Fortis companies, thereby enabling us to compete successfully to construct, own and operate new transmission infrastructure in Ontario,” says Bill Daley, President and Chief Executive Officer, FortisOntario.

“The Lake Huron Anishinabek First Nations are pleased to announce our new partnership with FortisOntario. By combining their existing capacity and expertise in electrical transmission with our key, strategic rights to the 1850 Robinson-Huron Treaty territory, we are confident that we are in a strong position to deliver high quality transmission services for the greatest public benefit to Ontario,” says John Beaucage, Chief Executive Officer, LHATC.

"By sharing in the wealth of the resources within our treaty territory, we can now demonstrate a true measure of the Spirit and Intent of treaties in Canada. We have a strong partner in FortisOntario and this partnership marks a very significant change in Ontario where treaties are being recognized by investors as an opportunity to benefit from and to participate in First Nation economies," says Lake Huron Regional Grand Chief, Isadore Day, Wiindawtegowinini.

Fortis is the largest investor-owned distribution utility in Canada, with total assets of $12.5 billion and fiscal 2009 revenues totalling $3.6 billion. Fortis serves approximately 2,100,000 gas and electricity customers. Its regulated holdings include electric distribution utilities in five Canadian provinces and three Caribbean countries and a natural gas utility in British Columbia. Fortis owns and operates non-regulated generation assets across Canada and in Belize and Upper New York State. It also owns hotels and commercial real estate across Canada. Fortis shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS.

Fortis includes forward-looking information in this media release within the meaning of applicable securities laws in Canada (“forward-looking information”). The purpose of the forward-looking information is to provide management’s expectations regarding the Corporation’s future growth, results of operations, performance, business prospects and opportunities, and it may not be appropriate for other purposes. All forward-looking information is given pursuant to the “safe harbour” provisions of applicable Canadian securities legislation. The words “anticipates”, “believes”, “budgets”, “could”, “estimates”, “expects”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “may”, “might”, “plans”, “projects”, “schedule”, “should”, “will”, “would” and similar expressions are often intended to identify forward-looking information, although not all forward-looking information contains these identifying words. The forward-looking information reflects management’s current beliefs and is based on assumptions developed using information currently available to the Corporation’s management. Although Fortis believes that these statements are based on information and assumptions which are current, reasonable and complete, these statements are necessarily subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties. For additional information on risk factors that have the potential to affect the Corporation, reference should be made to the Corporation’s continuous disclosure materials filed from time to time with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and to the heading “Business Risk Management” in the Management Discussion and Analysis for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010 and for the year ended December 31, 2009. Except as required by law, the Corporation undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking information as a result of new information, future events or otherwise after the date hereof.

For investor inquiries contact:
Fortis Inc.
Donna Hynes
Manager Investor & Public Relations
Telephone: 709.737.2800

For media and general inquiries contact:

FortisOntario Inc.
Mr. Bill Daley
President and Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: 905.871.0330
Lake Huron Anishinabek Transmission Company Inc.
Mr. John Beaucage
Cheif Executive Officer
Telephone: 705.746.0638


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CNP Donates $10,000 to Fort Erie Boys & Girls Club

Monday, December 13, 2010

CNP Donates $10,000 to Fort Erie Boys & Girls Club in 2010
Pictured Above:
Bill Daley and Glen King present a cheque for $10,000 to the Fort Erie Boys and Girls Club.

December 13, 2010 (Fort Erie, Ontario) - Canadian Niagara Power Inc. announced today that it is proud to donate $10,000 to the new Fort Erie home of the Boys & Girls Club of Niagara. This donation is toward the purchase of energy efficient appliances to support the completion of the Club’s permanent location. This donation was made possible through an initiative between CNPI and the Ontario Power Authority’s Conservation programs.

The Boys & Girls Club, open to the entire community, is a program-oriented centre for children and teens, as well as providing a meal-program and drop-in centre at both the Fort Erie and Ridgeway locations. The Club, which currently has over 500 members and serves over 10,000 meals during the year, offers a safe and friendly environment for children and teens to participate in sports, play games, get help with school work, etc. Supported by the local community, the Centre is open to all kids at 20 Lewis Street each week from 3:00-8:00pm.

“Our Company recognizes the need for such valuable community programs as the Boys & Girls Club for our youth as well as the importance of promoting energy conservation in the communities where we serve. With this donation, CNPI is helping provide energy efficient appliances which will save on future energy costs for the Boys & Girls Club,” said Bill Daley, President & CEO of Canadian Niagara Power Inc.

As an advocate of responsible energy usage, CNPI encourages customers to consider conservation measures such as changing to energy efficient lighting, installing programmable thermostats, weather-stripping doors and windows, and take advantage of the energy conservation programs offered by the Ontario Power Authority.

Executive Director, JoAnne Turner says “Canadian Niagara Power Inc., and their donation of energy efficient appliances plays a key role in allowing the Boys and Girls Club to run programs and services available to children and youth in the community. We are pleased to have them as a partner and through their generosity children in Fort Erie will benefit for many years.”

FortisOntario is headquartered in Fort Erie, has operations in electricity distribution and transmission and serves approximately 65,000 customers primarily located in Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Cornwall, Gananoque and the Algoma district of Ontario and meets a peak demand of 296 MW. FortisOntario is 100% owned by Fortis Inc. of St. John’s, Newfoundland. For more information on FortisOntario, please visit the corporate
website at www.fortisontario.com.

For further information contact:
Kristine Carmichael
Manager, Corporate Communications, Customer Service
& Human Resources
FortisOntario Inc. (905) 871-0330, ext. 3209

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Canadian Niagara Power Donates $6,500 to Reach Out Centre

Friday, December 10, 2010

CNP Donates $6,500 to Reach Out CentreDecember 10, 2010 (Port Colborne, Ontario) - Canadian Niagara Power Inc. (CNPI) announced today that it is making a donation to the Port Cares Reach Out Centre in Port Colborne in the amount of $6,500. This donation is for the installation of energy efficient renovations to support the completion of the Centre’s capital building project. This donation was made possible through an initiative between CNPI and the Ontario Power Authority’s Conservation programs.

The Port Cares Reach Out Centre is a meal program and drop-in centre located in Port Colborne, open to the entire community. The Centre, which served 14,600 meals in 2010, offers a friendly environment providing nutritious lunch time meals in an outreach and social support network. Supported by the local community and the United Way of South Niagara, the Centre is open to all families at 61 Nickel Street each week on Monday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Sunday breakfast served at 9:00 a.m.

“Our Company recognizes the need for such valuable community programs as the Reach Out Centre as well as the importance of promoting energy conservation in the communities where we serve. With this donation, CNPI is helping provide energy efficiency renovations which will save on future energy costs for both the Reach Out Centre and the City of Port Colborne,” said Glen King, Vice President Finance & CFO of CNPI.

As an advocate of responsible energy usage, CNPI encourages customers to consider conservation measures such as changing to energy efficient lighting, installing programmable thermostats, weatherstripping doors and windows, and take advantage of the energy conservation programs offered by the Ontario Power Authority.

“This donation from Canadian Niagara Power Inc. shows the support for this community that has been growing since CNPI entered into the lease agreement with Port Colborne Hydro Inc.,” stated Mayor Badawey. “We are very pleased that Port Cares, who are helping many of our residents, is the beneficiary of this generosity.”

FortisOntario is headquartered in Fort Erie, has operations in electricity distribution and transmission and serves approximately 65,000 customers primarily located in Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Cornwall, Gananoque and the Algoma district of Ontario and meets a peak demand of 296 MW. FortisOntario is 100% owned by Fortis Inc. of St. John’s, Newfoundland. For more information on FortisOntario, please visit the corporate website at www.fortisontario.com.

For further information contact:
Kristine Carmichael
Manager, Corporate Communications, Customer Service
& Human Resources
FortisOntario Inc. (905) 871-0330, ext. 3209

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Canadian Niagara Power Donates $6,500 to Reach Out Centre

Friday, December 10, 2010

CNP Donates $6,500 to Reach Out CentreDecember 10, 2010 (Port Colborne, Ontario) - Canadian Niagara Power Inc. (“CNPI) announced today that it is making a donation to the Port Cares Reach Out Centre in Port Colborne in the amount of $6,500. This donation is for the installation of energy efficient renovations to support the completion of the Centre’s capital building project. This donation was made possible through an initiative between CNPI and the Ontario Power Authority’s Conservation programs.

The Port Cares Reach Out Centre is a meal program and drop-in centre located in Port Colborne, open to the entire community. The Centre, which served 14,600 meals in 2010, offers a friendly environment providing nutritious lunch time meals in an outreach and social support network. Supported by the local community and the United Way of South Niagara, the Centre is open to all families at 61 Nickel Street each week on Monday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Sunday breakfast served at 9:00 a.m.

“Our Company recognizes the need for such valuable community programs as the Reach Out Centre as well as the importance of promoting energy conservation in the communities where we serve. With this donation, CNPI is helping provide energy efficiency renovations which will save on future energy costs for both the Reach Out Centre and the City of Port Colborne,” said Glen King, Vice President Finance & CFO of CNPI.

As an advocate of responsible energy usage, CNPI encourages customers to consider conservation measures such as changing to energy efficient lighting, installing programmable thermostats, weatherstripping doors and windows, and take advantage of the energy conservation programs offered by the Ontario Power Authority.

“This donation from Canadian Niagara Power Inc. shows the support for this community that has been growing since CNPI entered into the lease agreement with Port Colborne Hydro Inc.,” stated Mayor Badawey. “We are very pleased that Port Cares, who are helping many of our residents, is the beneficiary of this generosity.”

FortisOntario is headquartered in Fort Erie, has operations in electricity distribution and transmission and serves approximately 65,000 customers primarily located in Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Cornwall, Gananoque and the Algoma district of Ontario and meets a peak demand of 296 MW. FortisOntario is 100% owned by Fortis Inc. of St. John’s, Newfoundland. For more information on FortisOntario, please visit the corporate website at www.fortisontario.com.

For further information contact:
Kristine Carmichael
Manager, Corporate Communications, Customer Service
& Human Resources
FortisOntario Inc. (905) 871-0330, ext. 3209

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Peninsula Plastics Awarded for Energy and Cost-saving Measures

Friday, December 3, 2010

Peninsula Plastics Awarded for Energy and Cost-saving Measures
Pictured (left to right):
Mary Tibollo - CDM Specialist, Canadian Niagara Power;
Craig Bolton - President, Peninsula Plastics;
Kristine Carmichael - Manager, Customer Service & Corporation Communications, Canadian Niagara Power.

On December 3, Peninsula Plastic's President, Craig Bolton, was presented with a $7,849.66 Electricity Retrofit Incentive Program (ERIP) cheque by Canadian Niagara Power. This was in recognition of the electricity savings achieved through a lighting retrofit completed at Peninsula Plastic's manufacturing facility.

The Electricity Retrofit Incentive Program, offered by Canadian Niagara Power and the Ontario Power Authority, provides incentives for commercial, industrial, agricultural and institutional customers who complete electrical retrofits that result in demand savings and/or annual energy savings. By installing energy-efficient lighting throughout the facility, the program will help reduce their environmental footprint, provide better illumination levels and reduced energy consumption.

The conservation programs for businesses offered by Canadian Niagara Power assist customers undergoing retrofits they might otherwise not be able to complete. Money saved on energy is money that can be directed instead to other priorities. We congratulate Craig Bolton and Peninsula Plastics on taking a pro-active, leadership role in energy conservation in our community.

 

Ridgeway Lions Ridgewood Manor Awarded for Energy and Cost-saving Measures

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Ridgeway Lions Ridgewood Manor Awarded for Energy and Cost-saving Measures
Pictured (left to right):
Bill Morkem - Superintendent, Ridgewood Manor
Jayne Dodds - Administrator, Ridgewood Manor
Ed Feiertag - Chair, Ridgewood Manor Board of Directors
Mary Tibollo - CDM Specialist, Canadian Niagara Power

On September 7, Ridgeway Lions Ridgewood Manor Administrator, Jayne Dodds, was presented with a $2,010 Electricity Retrofit Incentive Program (ERIP) cheque by Canadian Niagara Power. This was in recognition of electricity savings achieved through a lighting retrofit completed at the retirement facility.

The Electricity Retrofit Incentive Program, offered by Canadian Niagara Power and the Ontario Power Authority, provides incentives for commercial, industrial, agricultural and institutional customers who complete electrical retrofits that result in demand savings and/or annual energy savings. By installing energy-efficient lighting throughout the facility, the program will help reduce their environmental footprint, provide better illumination levels and reduced energy consumption.

The conservation programs for businesses offered by Canadian Niagara Power assist customers undergoing retrofits they might otherwise not be able to complete. Money saved on energy is money that can be directed instead to other priorities. We congratulate Lions Ridgewood Manor on taking a pro-active, leadership role in energy conservation in our community.

 

Fort Erie's Crystal Ridge Arena Awarded for Energy and Cost-saving Measures

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Fort Erie's Crystal Ridge Arena Awarded for Energy and Cost-saving Measures
Pictured (left to right):
Sean Hutton - Facilities Manager, Town of Fort Erie;
Mary Tibollo - CDM Specialist, Canadian Niagara Power

On August 25, the Town of Fort Erie's Manager of Facilities, Sean Hutton, was presented with a $900 Electricity Retrofit Incentive Program (ERIP) cheque by Canadian Niagara Power. This was in recognition of the electricity savings achieved through retrofitting the change-rooms at the Crystal Ridge Arena with occupancy sensors.

The Electricity Retrofit Incentive Program, offered by Canadian Niagara Power and the Ontario Power Authority, provides incentives for commercial, industrial, agricultural and institutional customers who complete electrical retrofits that result in demand savings and/or annual energy savings. By installing energy-efficient lighting controls in the facility, the program will help reduce their environmental footprint, provide better illumination levels and reduced energy consumption.

The conservation programs for businesses offered by Canadian Niagara Power assist customers undergoing retrofits they might otherwise not be able to complete. Money saved on energy is money that can be directed instead to other priorities. We congratulate Mr. Hutton and the Town of Fort Erie on taking a pro-active, leadership role in energy conservation in our community.