Ontario Energy Board Approves Alectra/GHESI Merger

Last night, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) released its decision on the merger of Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. with Alectra Utilities, and with the regulator’s approval, the new utility is set to become a reality with the new year. Continue reading “Ontario Energy Board Approves Alectra/GHESI Merger”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for June 18, 2018

The annual general meetings for Guelph Junction Railway and Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. takes place tonight. You can click here and here for the agendas from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of tonight’s council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for June 18, 2018”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 18 Meeting?

If it’s June, it’s time for Guelph City Council to act as shareholder of both Guelph Junction Railway, and Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. The audits and general reports for both organizations will be discussed in two back-to-back meetings on Monday. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 18 Meeting?”

GUELPH POLITICAST #107 – Best of OSG: Budget and Hydro

So I think many of us feel like the last month went by in a blur, there were a lot of big issues, big discussions, and a lot of consequential decisions made by council. So before diving into a new year with new issues and new decisions, let’s revisit what happened in the tired and true format of the clip show. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #107 – Best of OSG: Budget and Hydro”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for December 13, 2017

Tonight City Council will decide whether or not to repaint these trucks to the Alectra colours, or leave them just as they are under the Guelph Hydro banner. You can click here for the agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of tonight’s council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow along below via Storify. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for December 13, 2017”

The Alectra Merger: How’s it Going Elsewhere?

On Wednesday, Guelph City Council will meet to discuss whether or not to merge Guelph Hydro with Alectra Utilities, a publicly-owned conglomerate of several Ontario local distribution companies. We know what’s in it for Guelph if they sign on to the deal, but what about Alectra itself? How is their expansion project going thus far? Continue reading “The Alectra Merger: How’s it Going Elsewhere?”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 13 Meeting?

In a move that surprises no one, it is being recommended that the City of Guelph as the shareholder of Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc., move forward with a merger of Guelph Hydro and Alectra Utilities. So what does Guelph get out of the deal? What does it stand to lose? And what’s the deadline to make it all happen? Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 13 Meeting?”

Guelph Hydro to Begin Merger Negotiations With Alectra Utilities

You could cut the giddiness with a knife this afternoon at city hall as the results of the Strategies and Options Committee’s search for a potential merger partner with Guelph Hydro has bore fruit. If everything goes according to plan, then Guelph Hydro and Alectra Utilities will merge in the near future, with a completed deal coming before council for a vote in mid-December. Continue reading “Guelph Hydro to Begin Merger Negotiations With Alectra Utilities”

GUELPH POLITICAST #99 – Listener Q and A

You had questions, and I had answers. Last week, I put out a request on the various social media lines for your queries about current events at city council and the City of Guelph, and you responded with about a dozen of them. This is where you get your answers. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #99 – Listener Q and A”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the October 5 Meeting?

The strange case of the future of Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc continues next Thursday with a special, albeit closed, meeting of the shareholders of Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc., AKA: city council. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the October 5 Meeting?”