Util-Assist has been awarded the contract for Cornerstone Hydro Electric Concepts (CHEC) Association’s Residential and Small Commercial Demand Response (RDR) initiative. The RFP was released by the following members of the association:

  • Centre Wellington Hydro Ltd.
  • Lakefront Utilities Inc.
  • Lakeland Power Distribution Ltd.
  • Midland Power Utility Corporation
  • Orangeville Hydro Ltd.
  • Orillia Power Corporation
  • Parry Sound Power Corporation
  • Rideau St. Lawrence Distribution Inc.
  • Wasaga Distribution Inc.
  • Wellington North Power Inc.
  • West Coast Huron Energy Inc. (Goderich Hydro)


Although each utility had the option to award a contract to a different bidder, all utilities were unanimous in declaring Util-Assist as the best solution provider to manage their RDR initiative.

CHEC’s RDR initiative consists of implementing the Ontario Power Authority’s new peaksaverPLUS® initiative to enhance the reliability of the electricity grid through load reduction.  The initiative involves the rollout of Load Control Devices (LCDs) and In Home Displays (IHDs) to customers.

According to Gord Eamer, Chief Operating Officer of CHEC, the association favoured Util-Assist’s “vendor agnostic approach, experience with AMI solutions and full turn-key service.” Util-Assist offers approximately 60 electrical and HVAC contractors under contract, employs full-time project managers and conservation consultants, and moreover, has a dedicated 24 x 7 call centre to assist CHEC with all their needs.