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​With $12.2 billion in assets as of year-end 2020, EPCOR continues to actively invest in existing operations, while exploring and pursuing opportunities to expand our footprint in Canada and the United States. Despite challenging operational conditions and economic impacts across communities, EPCOR saw strong progress in 2020, with highlights as follows:

Edmonton electricity projects for a
growing city

To continue providing reliable power and to keep pace with significant growth in Edmonton, EPCOR completed substantial work on two electricity projects: the Riverview substation, which was energized in February 2020; and the Southwest Distribution Project, with feeders connecting into the substation at the end of March 2020. These projects help to reliably serve growing demand for electricity in southwest Edmonton. As well, in March 2020, the Alberta Utilities Commission approved the West Edmonton Transmission Upgrade Project, ruling that it was "clear and urgent and in the public interest" with regards to reliably serving west Edmonton customers. Construction is now underway on the project.

Drainage services capital projects

In 2020, EPCOR's Drainage Services delivered its largest ever capital program to improve Edmonton's stormwater and sanitary network. This includes two major initiatives: the Stormwater Integrated Resource Plan, which includes a combination of homeowner programs, drainage system improvements, green infrastructure and planning that will reduce the risk of flooding; and the Corrosion and Odour Reduction Strategy, which targets odour hot spots as well as critical infrastructure that needs to be upgraded throughout the city.

E.L. Smith Solar Farm

In October of 2020, Edmonton's City Council approved the rezoning of EPCOR-owned land for development of a solar farm to power the E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant.  When completed, the solar farm will contribute to helping the City of Edmonton achieve its target for 10% of the electricity used in Edmonton to come from local renewable sources. Construction is expected to begin in 2021, with the specific project structure and location having attracted nearly $11 million in federal funding. Project work will generate about $23 million in local spend on labor, and supplies and services from Alberta businesses.

 

Vista Ridge Water Pipeline

In April 2020, EPCOR USA commissioned the Vista Ridge pipeline. The 143-mile wholesale water supply pipeline delivers groundwater to the community of San Antonio, Texas. At the time of construction, the $983-million pipeline was the largest water supply public-private project in the United States.

Brooke Water acquisition

In August 2020, EPCOR USA expanded its service area along the Colorado River with the completion of the Brooke Water LLC acquisition. The service area includes 2,100 water customers. The Brooke service area is now part of EPCOR's existing Havasu water district, which also includes 1,900 unincorporated customers adjacent to Lake Havasu City in Mohave County, Arizona.

 

San Tan water and wastewater
district acquisition

In October 2020, EPCOR USA reached an agreement to acquire the assets and operations of Johnson Utilities LLC. Encompassing 160 square miles — an area roughly the size of the City of New Orleans — EPCOR's San Tan water and wastewater district anchors one of the strongest growth corridors in the nation. Located just southeast of the greater metropolitan Phoenix area, it serves approximately 29,450 water and 40,160 wastewater customers in the communities of Florence, Queen Creek and unincorporated San Tan Valley in Pinal County, Arizona. In the 25 months leading up to the announcement, EPCOR USA had served as Interim Manager of the utility. The acquisition was completed in January 2021.

Southern Bruce natural gas project

In November 2020, EPCOR connected its first residential customer to the natural gas system for the Southern Bruce region of Ontario.  It's a major milestone that opens up a new era of convenient and reliable service to homeowners and residents — a service never before available in the community. Prior to this, we had connected and energized a series of industrial customers to this project that began construction in 2019 with anticipation of bringing the full system in-service by the end of 2021.

Indigenous-owned and operated water utility partnership

In December 2020, EPCOR announced that the first Indigenous-owned and operated water utility in Canada, developed by way of Public-Private-Community Partnership, is a step closer to reality with the signing of a formal agreement between the Okanagan Indian Band Group of Companies, EPCOR and Enterprise Canada. The companies are working to identify commercial opportunities in utilities-related infrastructure, including water, wastewater and irrigation management systems. This work will result in quality drinking water and has the potential to ensure adequate firefighting supply to serve the Okanagan Indian Band's reserve lands. 

 

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Your voice matters. While we are once again restricted from having an in-person public AGM, we still look forward to hearing your questions and to responding, just as we would at the meeting. From April 27 until the end of business day April 30, you can submit questions using the form below. We will strive to address all questions by May 7, 2021, one week after the close of this submission form.


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