FNEI delivers electricity from Moosonee to Fort Albany, Kashechewan, Attawapiskat, and to the line that connects the De Beers Canada Victor Diamond Mine north of Attawapiskat. We deliver electricity safely and reliably over the Omushkego Ishkotayo transmission lines owned by FNEI. We also are a non-profit Corporation, but our focus is on providing the best service, and providing benefits to our owner Communities.
FNEI also provides other services related to the delivery of electricity to the Local Power Corporations (LDCs), as well as maintenance and upgrades.
We do not generate power, we deliver the power to our three (3) substations that we constructed in the three (3) Communities. We also do not buy or sell electricity. We own and maintain the main power line and the substations that deliver high voltage electricity to the substations, and drop the voltage for the local distribution. We are the line that connects the individual Communities with the Provincial transmission system.
We also restore power in case of outages or emergencies on the main power line, and we also assist the LDCs with training and support of their operations and maintenance.
The services FNEI provides are regulated by the OEB, and this includes the rates that are charged for transmitting electricity.
FNEI is committed to providing the best service it can to the LDCs it services. To ensure the service level remains high, FNEI is constantly upgrading the services and strives to ensure that there are as few outages and service interruptions as possible.
FNEI also installed fibre optic telecommunications to the Communities that allows FNEI to carry out better monitoring of its systems. Some fibre optic strands were made available for significant telecommunication improvements for the Communities such as providing high speed internet, better phone service, and more opportunities for new technologies like tele-health. The telecommunications is being provided for the Communities by the Western James Bay Telecom Network, not by FNEI.
FNEI has undertaken upgrades to the substations and changes to the line in order to improve safety, reliability, and improved performance. A second transformer was installed in the Communities of Attawapiskat, and Fort Albany. This significantly reduces the length of potential power outages in the Communities. This means that if the primary transformer at the substation is damaged, power can be restored within hours in the Communities. Without this second transformer on standby, it could take weeks to restore power. A second transformer for the Community of Kashechewan was also installed and was energized in November, 2009.
Repairs and upgrades were also completed for the berm walls to prevent/reduce outages caused by flooding and ice damage during spring break-ups. Switches have also been installed in order that damage and power outages can be isolated, allowing some of the Communities to have power restored immediately while other portions of the transmission line are repaired. In addition, FNEI has garages to store its vehicles and equipment in the Communities.