Hydro Utilities

The Canadian electrical energy industry is crucial for powering homes, businesses, and industries across the country, driving economic activity and supporting daily life.

Electrical distributors, as owners and operators of kilometers of line, transformers, distribution sites, face unknown amounts of environmental liability. With this substantial investment in real property and equipment, every distribution company owes it to themselves to be informed about the status of their potential environmental risks.

Our portfolio encompasses a diverse range of past power generation and distribution projects, including:

  • Review of analytical results, ECAs, site imagery, and subsurface regional geology
  • Completion of an online EASR submission for power generation site dewatering
  • Preparation of Water Taking and Discharge reports as required by EASR regulations
  • Monitoring air and water quality to ensure compliance with government regulations
  • Implementing protective measures to mitigate environmental impacts on the site and surrounding areas
  • Monitoring air pollution measures to reduce emissions of pollutants, such as the release of airborne emissions from smokestacks
  • Ensuring compliance with all regulations that govern hazardous waste management

Common Environmental Issues at Hydro Utility Sites

Due to the industrial nature of electrical generation and distributions sites, there is a high likelihood that one or more of the following contaminants is present at a company’s distribution sites:

Arsenic – Very common contaminant due to its common historical use as a herbicide (in the form of arsenic trioxide) at distribution sites across Ontario 

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) – Manufactured as an insulating fluid in electrical transformers prior to its ban in 1977. Often included in “transformer oil”, it may still be present in old transformers manufactured before 1977.

Petroleum Hydrocarbons (PHCs) – Transformer oils generally show up as petroleum hydrocarbons during an environmental investigation. Although different in composition from automotive oils and fuels, they fall under similar restrictions in the environmental regulations.

Solutions for Hydro Utilities

AEL’s use of on-site testing can quickly characterize contamination and provide a quick and clear path forward for hydro sites.

AEL has completed hundreds of investigations and remediations at hydro utility sites, Click here for a case study.

AEL’s years of experience at high hazard electrical sites allow our staff a comprehensive understanding of the environmental issues experienced at utility properties and the expertise to work safely in these environments. 

AEL recommends managing environmental liability by completing necessary regulatory due diligence, such as an O.Reg. 153/04 compliant Phase 1 and Phase 2 ESA. 

Contact us to discuss how this will benefit your site.

Our Process

Why AEL Environment?

Save Time & Money

We ensure that our robust reporting and recommendations not only meet your needs, but help you make decisions efficiently and effectively.

Get Educated

With AEL environment not only do you receive detailed assessments and reports but we make sure you understand them as well. Learn more.

Excellent Client Services

Our dedicated team will answer any of your questions, big or small. We are committed to providing customized solutions. Contact us.

Expert Engineers

With over 30 years of experience our expert engineers will be able to address any concern or issue on your property. Meet the team.

We help you manage the unknown

Every property has a history, we can help you interpret it using our detailed reports.

AEL environment is focused on creating tailored solutions based on your end goals for each property. Tell us the service you require, and our team of expert engineers will guide you through the process.

What Our Clients Are Saying
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“As a real estate investor in Southern Ontario, I routinely rely on environmental services offered by AEL, including Phase 1 and Phase 2 procedures. The AEL team has consistently provided professional services that are timely, cost-effective, and in my opinion, the gold standard of the industry. I have used AEL on several occasions and plan to continue to do so as we focus on building our property portfolio.”
John Papanikolaou, Co-CEO
TenDream Properties