Fortis Inc.


Fortis Inc.

Infobox_Company
company_name = Fortis Inc.
company_
company_type = Public
foundation = 1987
location = St. John's, Newfoundland Canada
key_people = H. Stanley Marshall, President & CEO
industry = Electricity generation & distribution
market c

num_employees = 5,936 (2008)cite web |url=http://zenobank.com/index.php?symbol=CA;FTS&page=quotesearch |title=Company Profile for Fortis Inc (CA;FTS) |accessdate=2008-10-08]
products = Electricity
revenue =
homepage = [http://www.fortisinc.com www.fortisinc.com]

Fortis Inc. (TSX|FTS) is a St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador based international diversified electric utility holding company. It primarily operates in Canada and the Caribbean. In 2005, it earned a profit of $137.1 million Canadian from revenue of $1.44 billion. ["Toronto Star" February 8, 2006 Business, pg. E04 retrieved via Ebbsco 20 July 2006]

Fortis was formed in 1987 when shareholders of the regulated transmission and distribution utility Newfoundland Light & Power Co. voted to form a separate holding company. NL&P shares were exchanged for Fortis shares on a one-to-one basis, with the regulated NL&P becoming a 100% owned subsidiary.

Fortis currently owns the following regulated utilities:

* Newfoundland Power, serving 85% of the population of Newfoundland and Labrador
* Maritime Electric, serving 90% of the population of Prince Edward Island
* FortisOntario, a holding company for Canadian Niagara Power and Cornwall Electric
* FortisAlberta, a holding company for assets purchased from Aquila, Inc.
* FortisBC, a utility in British Columbia
* Belize Electricity Limited, a utility in Belize
* Caribbean Utilities, a utility in the Cayman Islands
* Terasen Gas, a utility supplying natural gas to 95% of gas users in British Columbia

Fortis also operates two non-regulated companies:

* Fortis Generation, hydro generation in New York state and central Newfoundland.
* Fortis Properties, a real estate company.

Expansion

The company expanded into Western Canada in 2003 with its purchase of Aquila, Inc.'s Canadian assets, formerly owned by TransAlta, Canada's largest publicly traded utility. As a result of this acquisition, Fortis became one of Alberta's major regulated electrical distribution companies, serving 415,000 Albertans in 2005. ATCO Electric is Alberta's other regulated distribution company. Also as a result of the 2003 acquisition, Fortis owns regulated generation, transmission, and distribution assets in British Columbia.

In 2007, Fortis acquired Terasen Gas from Kinder Morgan, which had sold the BC gas utility as a non-strategic asset included in its 2005 acquisition of Terasen Inc.

In addition to its regulated Canadian assets, Fortis also owns unregulated assets in Ontario, British Columbia, and Newfoundland. The majority of its unregulated business consists of hydroelectric generating plants. ["Fortis Annual Report" 2005 ]

Fortis' interests in the Caribbean include a 67% interest in Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) and a 95% interest in Belize Electric Co. Ltd. The Belize Association of Non-Government Organisations took Fortis to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in 2003 to have a new environmental assessment of the Chalillo Dam on the Macal River which was a hydroelectricity development project. Ecologists were concerned over the future of species such as the scarlet macaw, the tapir and the black howler monkey as the project would flood 10 km² of rainforest in Belize. Celebrities such as Harrison Ford and Cameron Diaz supported a movement to stop this dam. Fortis and the Government of Belize supported the project. ["Toronto Star" December 10, 2003 pg. E01 retrieved via Ebbsco 20 July 2006] [ [http://www.caribbeannetnews.com/2004/01/31/dam.htm Privy Council approves Belize dam] - January 31st, 2004: CaribbeanNetNews.com]

References

External links

* [http://www.fortisinc.com/ Fortis - official website] :* [http://www.bel.com.bz/ Belize Electricity Ltd.] :* [http://www.cuc-cayman.com/ Caribbean Utilities Company] - Cayman Islands


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