Fortis Turks and Caicos Restoring Electricity Service to Customers After Hurricane Ike

09/08/2008 12:50 EST

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR - Fortis Turks and Caicos, a wholly owned 
subsidiary of Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS), is working to restore service to its customers who were
impacted by Hurricane Ike, a category 4 hurricane that struck Turks and Caicos Islands over
the weekend. Fortis Turks and Caicos serves more than 9,000 customers, or 85 per cent of electricity
consumers on the Turks and Caicos Islands. It owns and operates an integrated electricity
system providing for the generation and distribution of energy on Providenciales, North Caicos,
Middle Caicos and South Caicos, with the load on Providenciales normally accounting for 80%
of the total. The assets of Fortis Turks and Caicos are approximately $140 million, representing
approximately 1% of the total assets of Fortis. Management of Fortis Turks and Caicos
report that there does not appear to be any substantial damage to its generating facilities.
Many of the utility's major customers on Providenciales remain operational and capable
of receiving electricity service, and current demand is approximately 40% of normal.
Electricity service has been restored to the hospital, water treatment plant and airport. Fortis has mobilized its Hurricane Response team to assist Fortis Turks and Caicos
in restoring electricity service to its customers as soon as possible. Approximately 30
engineers, technicians and line crew from other Fortis utilities are preparing to leave for
Turks and Caicos Islands. A major focus for this group will be to restore electricity service
to customers on the islands of North Caicos, Middle Caicos and South Caicos, which
were the service areas most impacted by Hurricane Ike. Fortis has extended an offer
to the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands to assist with electricity service
restoration efforts on islands not served by Fortis Turks and Caicos. Fortis Turks and Caicos expects to have electricity service restored within three weeks
to all of its customers on Providenciales who are capable of receiving service and within
six weeks to its customers on other islands.

Fortis Inc. Donna Hynes Manager, Investor & Public Relations 709-737-2800 709-737-5307 (FAX)

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