Merger of Entegrus and St. Thomas Energy effective April 1, 2018

What does this mean?

Entegrus Powerlines Inc. (EPI) and St. Thomas Energy Inc. (STEI) will merge operations, effective April 1, 2018.

On April 1, St. Thomas Energy will adopt the Entegrus Powerlines name, as the combined electrical distributor will now serve 17 communities throughout southwestern Ontario. In total, the entity will serve over 58, 000 customers, becoming the 10th largest Local Distribution Company (LDC) in the Province.

 

Who are the Shareholders?

The combined utility will be majority owned by the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, followed by the City of St. Thomas. Corix, a leading provider of water and waste water services in multiple communities in Ontario and throughout North America, will continue to be a minority shareholder.

 

What changes will I notice?

In the coming months, St. Thomas Energy branding will change to Entegrus on the building, fleet, customer bill and website.

There will be no immediate changes to your account, or services offered. Our office will remain open at 135 Edward Street, in St. Thomas, Monday – Friday, from 8:30am – 4:30pm.

In the coming months, customers set up with pre-authorized payments will see “Entegrus Powerlines” (instead of “St. Thomas Energy”) on their automatic withdrawal. Those using online banking for making their monthly payments will notice the ‘payee’ will be updated to ‘Entegrus Powerlines - St. Thomas.’

As we begin to merge systems, additional changes may occur. We will continue to communicate any changes that will affect you on our website. We are here to answer any questions you may have.

 

Will the merger affect our Hydro rates?

Distribution rates are expected to remain fairly stable over the next several years, with projected increases being less than inflation. The utility plans to seek Ontario Energy Board approval for harmonization of distribution rates between all communities during the next scheduled distribution rate application in 2026.

 

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