The Cornerstone Hydro Electric Concepts Association (CHEC) developed out of the Organized Power Group that was formed as de-regulation came to the province of Ontario. CHEC, an association of 15 local distribution companies (LDCs) is modeled after a cooperative to combine resources and competencies to best meet the requirements of the changing electrical industry and provide a high standard of locally supplied customer service.
CHEC is governed by a Board of directors who are responsible for ensuring that CHEC achieves its objectives, is financially accountable, and is in compliance with all relevant laws, regulations and by-laws.
CHEC has allowed members to exchange ideas on a variety of issues facing utilities, to initiate combined solutions and to share insights on what worked and what did not. The cooperative format allowed a “think tank” environment to be created between members.
The current members of CHEC include:
Centre Wellington Hydro Ltd.; COLLUS PowerStream.; Innpower; Lakefront Utilities Inc.; Lakeland Power Distribution Ltd.; Midland Power Utility Corp.; Niagara on the Lake Hydro; Orangeville Hydro Ltd.; Orillia Power Corp.; Ottawa River Power Corporation; Renfrew Hydro Inc., Rideau St. Lawrence Distribution Inc.; Wasaga Distribution Inc.; Wellington North Power Inc.; West Coast Huron Energy Inc.;.