At our home in South Riverdale of Toronto, we rarely seem to have power outages when others report them. Why might that be so?
(1) We live within walking distance of 8 electric substations.
From a link on “Toronto Hydro’s not-so-hidden residential substations” | Derek Place | Oct. 13, 2010 | blogto.com, I found a list of assets for Toronto Hydro from By-law No. 374-1999 at http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/bylaws/1999/law0374.htm , and mapped out the addresses close to us.
(2) At least some of the TTC is powered by equipment in a electric substation near us, on Carlaw Avenue. There was a procurement order in 2004 as “Procurement Authorization – Replacement Of TTC Traction Power Equipment In Toronto Hydro Owned Substations“, so maintenance should have been performed relatively recently.
(3) Toronto Hydro has a 12-acre Service Centre at 500 Commissioner’s Road. The Toronto Portlands Company saw this development as so important that it produced two videos on the project that started in 1994, originally a Shell Canada site since the 1930s.
Conclusion: If the power is on for Toronto Hydro and for the TTC, Riverside (South Riverdale) should also have power!