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Overview

Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to explore the potential benefits of joining three electric utility and energy companies to achieve greater shareholder value and optimize services and value for our customers.

The proposed consolidation includes three municipally-owned energy companies, namely Veridian Corporation, Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation, and Whitby Hydro Energy Corporation.

Together we would form the 4th largest municipally owned electricity utility in Ontario after the GTHA west merger, with more than 220,000 (TBC) customers in a growing area of the province.

This proposed consolidation would enable us to assure greater resilience and sustainability of our electricity distribution systems for the future, while achieving new synergies to benefit both our municipal shareholders and the residents and businesses we serve.

The consolidation would allow greater scale and an increased ability to provide customers with new innovative solutions to their energy needs in the future.

This proposed consolidation would allow us to find new efficiencies while leveraging the professionalism and talents of our dedicated employees.

Community Meeting

June 16th, 2016

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Jubilee Pavilion

55 Lakeview Park Ave

Oshawa

Light refreshments will be served.

In case you missed it, please find all the information presented at our open house here

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Latest Questions

Where can I get an update on the proposed merger of utilities in Durham Region. As mentioned in the memorandum of understanding it was hoped that a merger agreement would be entered into by December 31, 2016. Could you please advise where the process stands?

Like any merger, we need a full 360 degree view of all factors before we can move to the next step. We are currently in the final stages of assessment and will be able to provide more details shortly. Movement of the timeline by small margins is expected when there are considerable elements to be fully weighed and considered. We look forward to the next steps and remain committed to all aspects of community engagement including seeking feedback from all shareholders. All three companies involved remain optimistic about our ability to deliver synergies through our consolidation, to the benefit of our ratepayers.

Why did Oshawa PUC withdraw specifically?

Each entity has to review and evaluate on what is best for their respective customers, shareholders and overall businesses. The evaluation process was meant to review all these elements before any formal agreement to merge was made. The review process did exactly what it was intended to do, to ensure all parties could deliver synergies to customers. For Oshawa PUC, the benefits did not align with those objectives and they choose to amicably withdraw. This type of outcome is not uncommon in merger reviews.

Will Veridian and Whitby continue on?

Yes. Both Veridian and Whitby have confirmed that they will move forward with the next phase of merger review. They both remain committed to further due diligence and consultation with the communities and broader shareholders.

What does this do for their timeline?

The original evaluations were based on the merging possibility of three entities with specific valuations and data. Now that Oshawa PUC has opted to not move forward, we will need to re-model that data. We should have a refreshed timeline available shortly.

Memorandum of Understanding
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Latest News
Letter to the Editor: In defence of a possible merger
May 25, 2016
As the Chief Executive Officer of Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation (OPUC), one of the three parties involved in the potential merger of Veridian, OPUC and Whitby Hydro, I wish to provide clarity and facts to address the recent editorial entitled “OPUC process far from clear” and the subsequent article, “Group pushes for referendum on any OPUC decision.”
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Veridian Corporation, Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation and Whitby Hydro Energy Corporation to Explore Benefits of Consolidation
April 28, 2016
(April 28, 2016) Today, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by the parent companies of three local distribution companies, Veridian Corporation (Veridian), Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation (OPUC) and Whitby Hydro Energy Corporation (WHEC), to explore the potential benefits and feasibility of a merger.
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