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ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENT IN ACTION BY FORTIS AND ITS UTILITIES

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ITC Educates on “Right Tree, Right Place”

As spring approaches, ITC is diligent about good stewardship. ITC works with residents to help them understand what kinds of plants and shrubs can be safely established near transmission lines, and the right places for trees. Under our “Right Tree, Right Place” program, we hold site selection education events in communities to complement property owner management and help prevent tree interference with transmission lines. Learn more



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UNS Energy’s Resource Diversification

UNS Energy’s long-term portfolio diversification strategy includes significant reductions in coal-fired generation capacity and increased use of renewable energy and efficient natural gas resources. UNS is in the midst of a transition that will reduce coal-fired resources leading to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Learn more

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FortisBC Lowering Emmissions in the Transportation Industry 

FortisBC helps fleet owners and operators switch to natural gas so they can lower their environmental impact and save on fuel costs. Partnerships with local transit and transportation companies help communities across the province reach their climate goals. Learn more

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Central Hudson’s Smart Grid Initiative

Central Hudson is currently moving forward with its smart grid initiative, which will increase energy efficiency and reduce losses. The program began in 2015 and is expected to be completed by 2022. This initiative incorporates several large, interrelated projects including: the continued deployment of smart distribution devices coupled with distribution circuit upgrades; the installation of a tiered two-way communications network; and the installation of a centralized control center and platform. Learn more

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FortisAlberta’s Streetlight Conversion

FortisAlberta’s Streetlight Conversion Program is available to its municipal customers. This program allows FortisAlberta to partner with municipalities in its service territory who wish to retrofit existing streetlights to energy efficient light-emitting-diode (LED) streetlights. The retrofit of 10,000 lights was completed in 2016 with a further 70,000 planned for 2017–2018. In total, the LED retrofit program is expected to save an estimated 32 million kWh each year with a GHG savings equivalent to approximately 20,000 tonnes of CO2. Learn more

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Newfoundland Power’s EnviroFest

EnviroFest is Newfoundland Power’s annual celebration of the environment that encourages positive environmental action across Newfoundland. Its team of environmental coordinators work with employees, schools and environmental organizations to identify opportunities for promoting environmental awareness. In operation since 1997, the employee-driven program has partnered with more than 300 community groups and have completed 105 projects.

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Maritime Electric Uses Wind Energy

Prince Edward Island has the highest level of wind integration in North America with the Island’s eight wind farms providing a combined generating capacity of 203 MW. Since 2001, Maritime Electric has had long-term renewable purchase power agreements in place to buy all the energy supplied by the wind farms of the Province of Prince Edward Island. Wind energy currently accounts for approximately 25% of Maritime Electric’s energy supply mix. Learn more

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FortisOntario Partners with First Nations

FortisOntario and 24 First Nation communities are the general partners of Wataynikaneyap Power. Wataynikaneyap Power will develop and operate new transmission facilities to connect remote First Nation communities in northwestern Ontario. These communities are currently powered by diesel generation, which has become financially unsustainable, environmentally risky and is unable to meet the needs of communities. Learn more

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Street Lights near Beaches

CUC installs ‘warmer’ LED bulbs and special guards on street lights that are close to designated Green Sea Turtle nests near several beaches on Grand Cayman. Green Sea Turtle hatchlings are attracted to bright light, specifically the moon light that reflects off the ocean, which is why they head to the sea once they exit their nests. In certain instances, the normal brighter ‘cool white’ street lights confuse the hatchlings and they head away from the ocean. Learn more

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FortisTCI’s Utility-Scale Solar Project

FortisTCI is ‘Transforming Energy in the Turks and Caicos Islands’ through customer partnerships by installing grid-tied and roof- mounted solar PV. To date, the company has installed 1MW of Utility Owned Renewable Energy (UORE), accounting for the production of 1GWh of renewable energy and the reduction of 1,091 tons of CO2 emissions. Learn more






CORPORATE ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT


Fortis is committed to conducting business in an environmentally responsible manner. The Corporation uses sound environmental judgement in its decision making, planning and operations to meet the existing and future energy needs of its customers.

To fulfill this commitment, Fortis and its subsidiaries endeavour to:

  • meet and comply with all applicable laws, legislation, policies, regulations and accepted standards of environmental protection;
  • manage activities consistent with industry practice and in support of the environmental policies of all levels of government;
  • identify and manage risks to prevent or reduce adverse consequences from operations, including preventing pollution and conserving natural resources;
  • regularly conduct environmental monitoring and audits of environmental management systems and protocols, and strive for continual improvement in performance;
  • regularly set and review environmental objectives, targets and programs;
  • communicate openly on environmental issues with stakeholders, including customers, employees, contractors and the general public;
  • support and participate in community-based projects that focus on the environment;
  • provide training for employees and those working on behalf of the utilities to enable them to fulfill their duties in an environmentally responsible manner;
  • work with industry associations, government, investors and other stakeholders to establish standards for the environment appropriate to the utilities’ business; and
  • seek feasible, cost-effective opportunities to decrease greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions and increase renewable energy sources.

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Committed to preserving our provincial heritage

Fortis contributes $3.25 million to commemorate Newfoundland and Labrador’s First World War Battle of Beaumont-Hamel. Fortis community initiatives
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Meet the members of our executive team and our Board of Directors. Learn more
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