Bluewater Power getting set to celebrate its first century

Predecessor to multi-community family of companies was launched in 1916

A group of employees representing Bluewater Power and affiliated companies gathered on Thursday, August 4, 2016 for a photo in front of the Confederation St. headquarters.

Perhaps one of the most amazing things that has occurred in the first century of Bluewater Power’s existence has to do with the most basic components of the electrical utility that is owned by taxpayers in Sarnia, Point Edward, Petrolia, Brooke-Alvinston, Oil Springs, and Warwick.

That is the price of a kilowatt of power, which was 10 cents when the utility was created in Sarnia. A century later, the price is 20 cents a kilowatt hour, which is by almost any measure an outstanding achievement, says Bluewater Power CEO Janice McMichael-Dennis.

“Those numbers are what we call ‘all-in’ prices, which includes tax,” says McMichael-Dennis. “It’s really quite amazing when you think about how affordable power is compared to what people were paying as a percentage of their household income a century ago.”

Today, what is now Bluewater Power, includes affiliated “non-regulated” companies that represent about half the total revenue. Those include Bluewater Power Services Corporation, Bluewater Power Renewable Energy Inc., ElectekPower, Unconquered Sun, and Bluewater Regional Networks.

To celebrate the centennial of the organization, Bluewater Power is hosting a series of free BBQ events, complete with the obligatory “birthday” cake, the first being in Brooke-Alvinston on Monday, August 8, 2016 at the Brooke-Alvinston-Inwood Community Complex, 3310 Walnut St., Alvinston.

A similar event will be held in the Township of Warwick on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at Watford Centennial Park, 101 Centennial Ave., Watford.

The Sarnia/Point Edward event will take place on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at Clearwater Arena Park, 1400 Wellington St., Sarnia.

Bluewater Power will also host an event in Petrolia/Oil Springs on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at Petrolia Farmer’s Market (behind Petrolia library).

All events begin at 11:30 a.m. and run to 1:30 p.m., with presentation and ribbon cutting at noon.

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