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Ontario Construction News staff writer
Ontario Power Generation’s newly launched subsidiary, PowerON Energy Solutions, will build and operate electrification and charging infrastructure for municipal transit agencies and other corporate electric vehicle fleets.
PowerON will provide turnkey solutions encompassing all electrical infrastructure from the electricity grid connection to vehicle chargers, including:
- Infrastructure delivery and project management;
- Operations and maintenance;
- On-site generation, battery storage and back-up power; and,
- Smart charging and energy management.
“PowerON is leveraging Ontario’s clean electricity to help decarbonize other sectors,” said PowerON’s Theresa Dekker.
“We know electrification of transportation is a high impact strategy to help meet climate change goals, and we have the infrastructure and large project expertise necessary to enable municipal and other fleets to make the transition.”
PowerON is currently working with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and Toronto Hydro to electrify the TTC’s bus fleet, North America’s largest transit electrification project to date, with PowerON slated to design, build, own, operate, and maintain the charging infrastructure.
“As our government continues to expand and improve Ontario’s transportation network, it is important that municipalities have the opportunity to power their transit with clean electricity,” said Caroline Mulroney, minister of transportation. “To help lead that transition, PowerON will leverage their expertise to create a greener future across our province and support economic growth.”
The new OPG subsidiary minimizes the risk of electrification for fleets by taking on the construction and operation of charging infrastructure, greatly simplifying the process, and allowing fleets to focus on their core operations. PowerON’s solution reduces cost and time to electrify while significantly increasing charging reliability for fleets.
“Ontario’s grid, one of the cleanest in the world, is well-placed to support electrification of transportation and other sectors,” said Ontario Minister of Energy Todd Smith. “We welcome creation of PowerON to help Ontario fleets use the province’s clean energy to drive economic growth.”