Hydro One Limited is an electricity transmission and distribution utility serving the Canadian province of Ontario.
Hydro One traces its history to the early 20th century and the establishment of the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario (renamed “Ontario Hydro” in 1974).
In October 1998, the provincial legislature passed the Energy Competition Act, which restructured Ontario Hydro into separate entities responsible for electrical generation, transmission/delivery, and price management with a final goal of total privatization.
Hydro One was established at this time as a corporation under the Business Corporations Act with the Government of Ontario as sole shareholder, making it a Crown corporation.
Following its initial public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 2015, the Government of Ontario began selling shares to the public with a final goal of 60% of the company being held by private investors. A report released on 2 December 2015 by the Auditor General of Ontario raised concern with the sale, indicating that power outages are increasing and that Hydro One’s equipment is aging and “at very high risk of failing”. The estimated cost of necessary repairs was $4.472 billion.
Traded as: TSX: H
Industry: Electric Utilities
Predecessor: Ontario Hydro
Founded: Toronto, Ontario, Canada (1999)
Headquarters: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Products: Transmission and Distribution
- Government of Ontario (47.4%)
- OFN Power Holdings (2.4%)
- Ontario Power Generation (1.5%)
- Hydro One Networks Inc.
- Hydro One Remote Communities Inc.
- Hydro One Telecom Inc.