NPEI 2022 Capital Budget Program

The NPEI 2022 Capital Budget continues to follow a format focused on Projects driven from established Programs to prioritize NPEI resources in an efficient and beneficial manor to our Customers. These programs drive Rebuild/Reinforcement/Voltage Conversion & Construction as a result of, Pole Testing & Inspections, Pad-mounted Equipment Inspections, Sub-station Maintenance & Inspections, Manhole & Sidewalk Vault Inspections, Kiosk Inspections, Minor System Betterments, Subdivision Connections, and Demand Based System Expansions for Commercial Development.

  1.        South Niagara Feeders Phase I

This Capital Project is a multi-year venture that is expected to be completed in 2024. The current design is to utilize the new switchgear installed at Kalar TS (2021) and to construct two new 13.8kV feeders that will run along Kalar Rd. to Brown Rd. then along Brown Rd. to Montrose Rd. then down to Biggar and the new hospital.  Total feeder length is approximately 6.5km.  This will be able to accommodate the new hospital load and also provide approximately 5MVA of additional area load growth.  The existing 13.8kV feeder which presently supplies this area will also be maintained. Project phasing is dependent on completion of third party road designs and site designs.

  1.       9th Street, Step Down Elimination Phase II

This capital project includes the balance of work from the 2021 project. The remaining work is mostly focused on the south part of King Street along 9th Avenue. There are still pole removals and transfers throughout the entire project area.

  1.       Cherryhill Rebuild Phase II

This capital project involves the rebuild of the overhead distribution for the subdivision built in the 1960's.  Rebuild in place using tree wire and 29 - 40' wood poles.  Two end of life transformers will be replaced, with the remaining transformers being reused.  The existing open secondary bus will be replaced with new spun bus per NPEI's current standards. 

  1.       Regional Road #65 Rebuild - Phase I

This capital project is multi-year project that involves creating a main loop on the 27.6kV system in West Lincoln from Abingdon Road to Bismark. Phase 1 includes the rebuild and voltage conversion from 8kV to 27.6kV along Regional Road #65 (aka Silver Street) from Abingdon Road to Caistor Centre Road. Benefits include replacement of aging equipment, improved voltage levels and increased system reliability.  

  1.       Relay Replacement - Kalar TS

This capital project involves replacement of 15 relays at Kalar TS that are approaching end of life. Relays are a critical component impacts both system protection and operation.

  1.       Station #23 Line Rebuild and Voltage Conversion Phase 1

This capital project is a continuation of the 2021 Sinnicks Avenue Rebuild project.  This project will continue the rebuild and voltage conversion of the remaining two feeders, F231 and F233 facilitating the elimination of the 5kV Substation #23 O'Neil, located at NFFD Station 3 Dorchester Road.

Underground work includes the extension of 13.8kV 12M43 circuit from Coholan St., across Portage Rd. to a new Vista 422 Switchgear Station on Hydro One property (through formal easement acquisition) at Huggins St. and Portage Rd., then overhead west to Dorchester Road to tie with existing 13.8kV 12M33 circuit. 

  1.       Subdivision Rehabilitation Program

This capital program manages the replacement of direct buried primary & secondary conductors supplying residential services. This plant dates back to the 1950's and has been identified during recent Asset Condition Assessments as having reached end of life. As well this plant is unable to accommodate today's electrical demands such as EVs. This program facilitates future rebuild by the installation with the installation of new conduit.  Existing Cable would be "run to failure", at which time new cable would be installed utilizing these new conduits.

  1.       Submersible Vault Replacement Program

Prior replacements of submersible transformers with new pad-mounted transformers only included a collar base on top of the existing vault. These vaults are now coming to end of life and require replacement. This capital program was designed to facilitate these replacements.

  1.       KM9 and KM13 Station Egress

This capital project scope involves installation of new primary cable (1000MCM Copper) in existing duct structure (completed in 2021). This new primary cable will become the station egress for the new KM9 and KM13 feeders. These feeders will be the first feeders connected to the new Q1/Q2 bus that was installed in 2021. This project will also include installation of new sectionalizing points and re-configuration of the system.   

  10.     Kiosk Replacement Program

The Kiosk replacement program is an integral part of NPEI underground system rehabilitation / replacement program. These locations represent the transformation, sectionalizing and circuit protection components of the underground network. As these legacy components are replaced with modern devices, safety, reliability and service quality are significantly improved. In 1994 the kiosk replacement program was initiated with 725 locations identified for replacement.

The locations are prioritized based on condition assessment and the current rate of replacement is effective in comparison to the rate of degradation of the legacy facilities.

  11.     Pad-mount Switchgear Replacement Program

The Underground Equipment Inspection Program has identified a requirement for replacement of air insulated pad-mounted switchgear units, with dead-front stainless steel enclosure SF-6 Gas Insulated Equipment, due to corrosion and contamination issues, which will continue at a rate of 1-Units per year. Project scope involves the installation of applicable civil works such as manholes and duct-banks associated with the equipment replacement to current standards, using equipment constructed of Stainless Steel to avoid corrosion issues.   Increased system reliability, Public & Personnel safety, and functionality are benefits of the program.

  12.     Line Relocation Due to Municipal Road Improvements

This Capital Program allowance is for the relocation/construction of distribution facilities to resolve conflicts with planned road works by local road authorities as per NPEI obligations under the Public Service Works on Highway Act (PSWH). This Act requires utilities to relocate their plant and share the financial burden with the requesting authority. The most common Cost Sharing agreement is the Road Authority assumes 50% of the Labour and labour savings devices with the utility assuming the remainder of the cost including 100% of the material cost.

  13.    Pole Replacement Program

The natural degradation of wooden utility poles is an ongoing issue. NPEI performs a site visit of every distribution pole on the System as per OEB requirements (3 yrs./urban, 6 yrs./rural), with a total population of over 25,000.  Poles are tested for their integrity, a visual inspection is performed of the equipment installed on the pole by qualified Linesmen, the pole is imaged, guy guards are installed & down grounds are repaired/replaced as required, and the inspection results and images are stored within the Geographical Information System (GIS).  An evaluation of the results is performed, with deficiencies addressed by the replacement of deficient poles, in a timely manner, through this Capital Program. 

  14.    Grid Modernization Program

This capital program involves installation of smart technologies onto the distribution system. These technologies include reclosers, fault indicators and switches.  These devices will communicate real time system status to our Operators allowing them to make better decisions when operating the system. The devices will also be remotely operable by the Operators via our existing WiMax network.  This will be an annual program which focuses on modernizing our distribution system to improve both system reliability and efficiency.

  15.     Sustainment 

This Capital Program manages an allowance for minor projects initiated by unexpected failures/deficiencies of overhead and underground distribution facilities. Replacement of underground cable experiencing repeated failures is a major contributor covered by this allowance. Minor overhead system modifications and component replacements are also accounted for.

  16.     Subdivision Connections

This Capital Program manages the installation and connection of new residential developments such as subdivisions.

  17.     Customer Demand

This capital program manages an allowance for the construction and upgrade of the distribution system to facilitate system access for new connections. System expansions and reinforcement costs are included within this budget allowance.   

  18.    Metering

This Capital Program covers the cost of installing and replacing metering equipment and facilities on the distribution system. This program also includes annual sampling programs that are performed to extend the seal life of the meter population.

  19.    Pad-mount Small Transformer Replacement Program

This Capital Program manages an allowance for the replacement of small padmount transformers that have been identified through the padmount equipment inspections or other means as being at end of life.  In the past, these transformers have been changed under various other projects. Creating this new program will enable better tracking of both the quantity of transformers changed and the associated costs.

  20.    Polemount Transformer Replacement Program

This Capital Program manages an allowance for the replacement of pole mount transformers that have been identified through the overhead equipment inspections or other means as being at end of life.  In the past, these transformers have been changed under various other projects. Creating this new program will enable better tracking of both the quantity of transformers changed and the associated costs.