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2003                                                         to offer connectivity across Ontario over one              • Continued profitability.
• Connected Carnegie Hall Laurier University in              network.                                                   • Additional 20 kms of cable installed.
  Brantford to Laurier University IT Services              • Installed 10 gigabit carrier switch at 84 Market
  Waterloo.                                                                                                             2006
                                                             Street. NetOptiks can now offer the fastest                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Winter
• Connected Laurier University data and voice                connections in the City of Brantford and                   • Record growth year.
                                                                                                                        • Serviced all 35 locations of the Brant                                            A Newsletter for the people of Brantford Power and Brantford Hydro                                                          2006
  services for the Odeon building.                           surrounding area.
• Connected Mohawk College to main campus in               • Continues to maintain profitability                          Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School
  Hamilton.                                                • Additional 15 kms of cable installed.                        Board. This network is the first of its kind to
• Serviced Wescast Industries network across                                                                              utilize a Fibre-Coax Hybrid solution in a
                                                                                                                          wholesale partnership arrangement with
  Ontario with the assistance of Hydro One
  Telecom.
                                                           2005
                                                           • NetOptiks becoming Brantford’s public sector                 Rogers Communications.                               NetOptiks/Rogers partnership provides
• Reached profitability threshold.                           network of choice.                                         • Serviced all locations for the Children’s Aid
• Additional 15 kms of cable installed.                    • Nippising University connected plus two other                Society of Brantford and Brant for voice and data.   innovative network for Catholic schools
                                                             locations for Laurier University.                          • Signed a wholesale partnership agreement to
2004                                                       • Initial fibre builds start connecting all water              aid Brant County Power Services Inc. in the
• NetOptiks brand created, with fibre coverage               treatment and reservoirs for the City of Brantford.          delivery of high-speed fibre optic network           An innovative partnership between NetOptiks, a division of Brantford Hydro      The customized network combines the facilities of NetOptiks’ fibre network
  to all key business areas and industrial parks           • New CEO and strategic plan solidify growth                   services to the County of Brant.                     Inc., and Rogers Communications Inc. has designed and built a complete          and the coaxial and ADSL facilities of Rogers to provide high speed Internet
  in Brantford.                                              opportunities for the company. Wholesale                   • Customer connections year-to-date more than          datacommunications network for the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic             access and other IT applications, including VOIP capability, to all the schools.
• Multiple Carrier Connections allow NetOptiks               business model starts to gain momentum.                      doubled.                                             District School Board.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The hybrid network uses what’s known as Multiprotocol Label Switching, a
                                                                                                                                                                               “This network means that we can provide high speed internet access in           standardized protocol and comprehensive unifying networking architecture
                                                                                                                                                                               every school, including the small Catholic elementary schools in rural          that gives network operators a great deal of flexibility to route traffic and
A bright idea for the holidays                                                                                                                                                 areas, which might not otherwise have the technology available to them,”
                                                                                                                                                                               said Theresa Harris, Director of Education at the Catholic school board.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               manage different kinds of data streams through a single access provider.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The network allows the NetOptiks fibre optic Metro Area Network to interact
                                                                                                                                                                               “We have recently upgraded all of our school computers and students             seamlessly with the Rogers MPLS network to deliver end-to-end service to
                                                                                                                                                                               and staff are using a number of web-based computer tools. The high speed        all the schools. The network is a platform of possibilities, such as layered
                                                                                                                                                                               connection keeps up with those technologies,” she said.                         voice and video on top of data over a single network.
Brantford Power and Brantford General Hospital
Foundation joined forces for the 2006 Tree of                                                                                                                                  Harris credits the partnership for the innovative technology solution.          “The school board had a real issue that could not be solved within its
Lights Appeal by working together to light up the                                                                                                                              “The cost of installing new fibre optic network to all of our sites is beyond   budget. They needed a completely ubiquitous network that tied together
majestic tree outside of the main hospital entrance                                                                                                                            our board’s ability. We’re pleased to be able to provide the best possible      35 locations on one bill, one network and one point of contact,” said
with new LED Festive Lights. From left to right,                                                                                                                               technology resources to all of our students at a very reasonable cost.”         James Nagle, NetOptiks’ Director of Business Development.
Gil Scott, Brantford General Foundation, John
Glowala, BGH Maintenance, Andy Molenaar, Vice                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “From the research that
Chair of Brantford Power, Dave Levac, MPP, and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  we’ve done, the fibre-coaxial
George Mychailenko, CEO of Brantford Power,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     hybrid solution that we
hold boxes of the new lights. Brantford Power                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  created with our partnership
recently donated 70 sets of the energy efficient                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                is the first of its kind in
lights to the campaign. Each new string lasts 20                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Canada,” he said.
years, is virtually indestructible and uses only 2.5
watts compared to 125 watts for the older lights.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               “The network will also
The campaign this year is raising $200,000 for a new                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        allow us to connect customer
2-D Echo Ultrasound machine for the hospital.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             locations beyond our traditional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         boundaries and even be able to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        reach global locations such as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        China, in one customer’s case.”




                                                                       A newsletter for the people of Brantford Power
                                                                       a n d B r a n t f o r d H y d ro


                                          Executive Editor                                                          Editor
                           Heather Wyatt hwyatt@brantford.ca (519) 751-3522                      Paul Mitchell pmitchell@brickworksonline.com

                           Published quarterly by Brantford Energy Corporation Stories may be reproduced with the permission of the Executive Editor.




                                                                                        THE ENERGY BEHIND BRANTFORD                                                                                                                THE ENERGY BEHIND BRANTFORD
Energy Group of Companies wired for success
Corporate Structure                                               Brantford’s Energy Group of Companies have recorded significant          Brantford Power milestones
                                                                  achievements as they near the end of their sixth year of service to
                                                                  the community.                                                           “Since the electricity industry was restructured,       2001                                                   2005
                                                                                                                                           Brantford Power has continued to maintain safe          • Renovations and moving administrative                • Mayfair I project increased efficiency and
                                                                  The companies trace their origins to November 1998 when the              reliable distribution services within the City while      offices at 84 Market Street.                           upgraded supply to approximately 360 customers.
                          Council of the Corporation              Energy Competition Act laid the foundation for a major restructuring     making significant gains as it continued to meet                                                               • Purchase of five Hydro One feeders, eliminating
                                                                  of Ontario’s electricity industry, including the commercialization of                                                            • Market opening preparations.
                           of the City of Brantford                                                                                        the demands of a growing community.                                                                              last remaining Hydro One infrastructure within
                                                                  municipal utilities such as the Brantford Public Utilities Commission.                                                           2002                                                     the City.
                                                                                                                                           In addition to meeting our operational and safety       • Market opening preparations.                         • Assumed responsibility and upgraded three
                                                                  In July 1999, the City of Brantford made the decision to retain          targets, our achievements have included the                                                                      wholesale meters at Brant TS.
                                                                  ownership of the hydro distribution business and undertook the           construction and financing of the Powerline             • Agreement with Share the Warmth to provide
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Constructed Powerline Municipal Transformer
                                                                  necessary steps to create commercial corporations to provide             Municipal Transformer Station, in partnership             energy assistance to low-income families in need.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Station and feeders in partnership with Brant
                                                                  electricity distribution and retail services. The assets were            with Brant County Power, an improved cash
                                                                                                                                                                                                   2003                                                     County Power.
                                                                  subsequently transferred to the companies on November 1, 2000.           position and successful responses to a changing
                                                                                                                                                                                                   • Bill 210 opens the electricity market.               • Major customers connected: Ferraro, P&G.
                                                                                                                                           regulatory environment.                                                                                        • Constructed Brantford Power display at Brant
                                                                  The decision was made to create a holding company and two                                                                        • Year of the Grow House – ‘joint’ program
                                                                  operating companies, to be governed by Boards composed of Council                                                                  with Crimestoppers.                                    Children’s Safety Village.
                                                                                                                                           We have also taken a leading position in helping
                     The holding company that takes               representatives and the private sector. The Corporation of the City of   the Ontario Government establish a conservation
                                                                  Brantford is the sole shareholder of the Energy Group of Companies.                                                              2004                                                   2006
                    a lead role in interpreting financial                                                                                  culture in the province. As part of our Conservation
                                                                                                                                                                                                   • First Conservation and Demand Management             • Mayfair II voltage conversion/refurbishment
                    policy, liaising with the shareholder                                                                                  and Demand Management Plan, we introduced
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Plan in Ontario submitted to OEB calling for           upgraded supply to approximately 550
                           (the City of Brantford)                                                                                         Conserving Homes, the first low income energy
                                                                                                                                                                                                     conservation budget of $1.34m, including               customers.
                        and overseeing activities of                                                                                       program of its kind in Ontario designed to assist
                                                                                                                                                                                                     approximately $1m in “conservation assets”           • 2006 distribution rate rebasing; the first
                         the operating companies.                                                                                          low income customers reduce their energy bills.”
                                                                                        Brantford Energy milestones                                                                                  and Conserving Homes, the award-winning                cost-of-service rebasing since 1999 with
                                                                                                                                           Dave Matthews,                                            program for low income households                      provisions to recover 1999 loss position.
                                                                                        “The City of Brantford has enjoyed significant     Chair, Brantford Power                                  • Capital stock upgrades, including truck purchases.
                                                                                        expansion and economic growth in recent
                                                                                        years. Brantford Energy and its subsidiary
                                                                                        companies are proud to be partners in this
                                                                                        progress.                                          Brantford Hydro milestones
                                                                                        We are truly committed to working for the          “Brantford Hydro, the retail arm of the Brantford       1997                                                   2001
                                                                                        people of Brantford, our ultimate owners.          Energy Group of Companies, continues to remain          • 3 kms of dark fibre installed from City Hall to      • Director of Business Development hired to
    The “wires” company that,                   The retail company with three           All our operations are geared toward making        profitable while providing value services to the          PUC Building and Holstein Building.                    promote fibre optic asset.
 within a regulated environment,                  principal lines of service,           Brantford a better community.                      Brantford community.                                                                                           • Year-end revenue doubled from 2000. Added
 distributes electricity throughout           telecommunications (NetOptiks),                                                                                                                      1998
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            40 kms of fibre cable and completed two
  the City, maintains the system                  water heater rentals and              The four areas on which we focus are:              While we are maintaining our hot water heater           • Brantford Hydro Commission RFP to design               optical “ring” builds over Highway 403 to
  and ensures safe, reliable and                     sentinel light rentals.                                                               and sentinel light business, our most important           and build a fibre optic data network.                  provide network redundancy.
                                                                                        • Ensuring safety and compliance with all
        cost effective service.                                                                                                            achievement was the launch of NetOptiks as the
                                                                                          established standards;                                                                                   1999
                                                                                                                                           name and visual identity for the fibre optics                                                                  2002
                                                                                                                                                                                                   • Brantford Hydro Commission Fibre Optic Data          • 21 City of Brantford buildings wired to the
                                                                                        • Reliability in terms of service to customers     division, BHI’s core business. The branding has
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Network goes live. First customers:                    fibre network. Additional Grand Erie District
                                                                                          and fiscal responsibility;                       provided a visible, consistent and unique identity
                                                                                                                                                                                                     • Grand Erie District School Board
                                                                                                                                           for the telecommunications company’s products                                                                    School Board locations and the first Catholic
                                                                                                                                                                                                     • Brantford General Hospital
                                                                                        • Cost containment, both within our business       and services.                                                                                                    School Board location.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     • Brant Freenet
                                                                                          and for our customers;                                                                                                                                          • Supplied critical connection to Maidstone
                                                                                                                                           We are also in the planning stages in respect of        2000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bakeries.
                                                                                        • Providing a platform for community growth.”      a landfill methane gas project currently being          • Creation of Brantford Hydro Inc., which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Additional 35 kms of fibre cable installed.
                            CITY OF BRANTFORD                                                                                              evaluated for viability. A decision on whether to         becomes one of the key founders of the
                                                                                        Jim Ryan, Chair,                                                                                             Ontario Utility Telecom or “Utelco” market.                                       continued on back page
                            SERVICE PROVIDERS:                                                                                             proceed will likely be taken early in 2007.”
                                                                                        Brantford Energy Corp.
                        Operations, engineering, customer care
                         and general administrative services.                                                                              Gerry Smits, Chair, Brantford Hydro




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