President and CEO Appointment – WDI
April 1, 2022
The Town of Wasaga Beach, in partnership with Geosands Inc., and its subsidiaries (the Utility) is pleased to announce that Brandon Weiss has been appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) effective May 2nd, 2022. Weiss has been with the Utility since 2010, most recently serving as the Vice President of Finance and Regulatory for the Utility. Weiss is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with more than 15 years of experience in financial management, regulatory compliance, and risk management.
In his new role, Weiss will be responsible for the overall operations of Wasaga Distribution Inc. and Wasaga Resource Services Inc., ensuring safe, environmentally sound, and efficient practices are in place in compliance with all the applicable regulatory, legislation, and governing entities.
Weiss was selected following a rigorous recruitment and interview process involving the Town of Wasaga Beach, and members of the board of directors.
President and CEO, David Stavinga will continue to lead the organization while working with Mr. Weiss to help him transition to his new role. “It’s been an honour to lead the Utility,” says Stavinga. “It’s a great organization and Brandon, with his experience in the industry, and with the company will be what the Utility needs to move this company forward. I look forward to continuing working with Brandon during his transition.”
Geosands Inc. is 100% owned by the Town of Wasaga Beach and operates Wasaga Distribution Inc. as the regulated entity and Wasaga Resource Services Inc. as the nonregulated entity. The Utility serves more than 14,500 customers covering 58 square kilometres in the Town of Wasaga Beach.
New Temporary Fixed Price for RPP Time-of-Use and Tiered Customers
January 11, 2022
The Ontario government announced that it will set electricity rates at the off-peak rate of 8.2¢/kWh, 24 hours per day beginning January 18th until February 7th, 2022. Households, farms, and small businesses will receive this off-peak rate automatically, whether they normally pay time-of-use or tiered rates. If you should have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact one of our customer service agents to assist you with this at (705) 429-2517.
2022 Bi-Annual Electrical Safety Awareness Survey
January 4, 2022
Wasaga Distribution has commenced our bi-annual Electrical Safety Awareness survey. You may receive a call from our partner on this project, ADVANIS, who will be conducting the survey on our behalf. This survey is important to us and we encourage you to participate. If you have any questions, or concerns, please contact customer care at (705) 429-2517.
Director Opportunities for appointment to Wasaga Distribution Board
November 8, 2021
DIRECTOR OPPORTUNITIES ON ELECTRICITY BOARDS
The Town of Wasaga Beach is currently recruiting individuals to sit as Directors on the following boards related to the governance of Wasaga Distribution Inc. The following qualifications would be favourable:
- Experience in the following: Business, strategic planning, human resource and management, enterprise risk management, membership on boards of significant corporations, financial, legal, accounting and/or marketing
- Industry knowledge, including experience in the Electricity Business, experience with regulators
- Experience in corporate governance in a municipal shareholder environment, knowledge of public policy issues relating to the Corporation
- Any additional skills or qualities as may be consistent with industry best practices or identified by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) as beneficial and/or set forth in any OEB guidelines on governance practices from time to time
We encourage interested individuals to apply for membership on any of the following Boards:
Board of Directors Geosands Inc.
Board of Directors for Wasaga Distribution Inc.
Board of Directors for Wasaga Resources Inc.
Applications of interest will be received until November 17, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Year round availability is a requirement.
Please complete the Application Form “Public Appointments to Boards and Committees” found on the Town Website www.wasagabeach.com under Town & Government; Forms; Council and Election; Public Appointment (Click here) and submit to:
Dina Lundy, Director, Legislative Services & Clerk
Town of Wasaga Beach
30 Lewis Street
Wasaga Beach, ON L9Z 1A1
705-429-3844 ext. 2223
November 1 – Ontario Energy Board set new electricity prices for households and small businesses
October 26, 2021
On October 22nd, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) announced that electricity prices for households and small businesses will not change as of November 1, 2021 under the Regulated Price Plan (RPP). The winter Time-of-Use (TOU) hours and the change in the Tier threshold for residential customers on Tiered pricing will take effect November 1. The Ontario Electricity Rebate (OER) will be changed from 18.9% to 17.0%. For a typical residential customer who uses 700 kWh of electricity per month the OER will decrease bills by about $20.90 each month.
For more information please visit the Ontario Energy Board Website by Clicking HERE
Wasaga Distribution publishes 2020 Scorecard with Management Discussion and Analysis
October 22, 2021
Wasaga Distribution is pleased to publish our 2020 Scorecard Management Discussion and Analysis.
2020 was a year of challenge and change for the utility. The COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe and throughout the year, we have seen the pandemic result in the delay of some of the major development and capital projects that were expected to be undertaken in 2020.
WDI met all performance targets except for System Reliability. Aging infrastructure continues to be a challenge facing utilities today. WDI must replace aging infrastructure at a pace that meets the challenge. In addition, vegetation control, including tree trimming activities, also continue to be a primary focus for WDI due to the highly treed community. This reduces the vulnerability of the distribution system to external uncontrollable events, such as weather.
Furthermore, WDI continues to focus on you, the customer. WDI makes every effort to engage its customers on a regular basis to ensure we are aware of your needs and that you are receiving the best value for your money. In 2020, WDI undertook the development of a Strategic Plan that included input from all stakeholders including outreach engagement to its customers and undertook our bi-annual customer satisfaction survey. WDI remains committed to provide its customers with the most reliable service at the least possible cost. WDI thanks their customers for their strong commitment to the utility in 2020 and positive results from the feedback we have received.
As we move forward, we will continue our efforts to improve overall scorecard performance. This performance improvement is expected because of continued investment in both our infrastructure and in response to your needs.
Please click on this link to view the full 2020 Scorecard with Management Discussion and Analysis.
Conditions of Service Update
July 21, 2021
We have refreshed our Conditions of Service. Please visit our Policy section to review the revised document or Click Here. The revised Conditions of Service provides additional clarification and reflects the most recent revisions of the Distribution System Code. The Distribution System Code sets out the minimum obligations that a licensed electricity distributor must meet in carrying out its obligations to distribute electricity within its service area under its licence.
You may send any questions, comments or feedback to [email protected] or you may call the office 705-429-2517.
The revised Conditions of Service will come into effect on September 1, 2021.
Wasaga Distribution Awarded EDA’s 2020 Public Electrical Safety Excellence Winner
June 11, 2021
Wasaga Distribution is honored to be awarded EDA’s 2020 Public Electrical Safety Excellence Winner – sponsored by the Electrical Safety Authority. WDI was recognized as having been impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic in having to implement new safety measures in keeping staff and customer safe while offering safe, reliable, and affordable power to our customer and communities we serve.
Wasaga Distribution focus on workplace and public health and safety is essential in our services delivered to the community.
Consumer Alert: Beware of disconnection scams
May 25, 2021
Consumers are reporting being contacted by scam artists pretending to be from Wasaga Distribution and threatening to disconnect electricity service if they don’t receive payment immediately. If you receive such a message by phone or text or letter, do not provide payment and contact us directly.
May 1 – Wasaga Distribution Inc. 2021 IRM Rate Application
April 22, 2021
The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has approved new tariff of rates a and charges effective May 1, 2021 for WDI. This is in addition to the new rates for electricity effective May 1. The approval process was done through the incentive rate-setting mechanism (IRM) application filed by Wasaga Distribution Inc in November.
For current tariff of rates and charges please visit our rates section.