Canadians pay their HYDRO bill; not their Power Bill nor their Electric bill!! If their lights go out in a storm, it is neither the Power that failed nor the Electricity, it is the HYDRO!!
The first large scale production of electricity in Canada was from harnessing water as it flowed over the Falls at Niagara. The Company formed to distribute the water generated electricity was the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario ~~ thus the introduction of the word Hydro to identify electricity produced by water power. The term stuck and in Canada whether or not the electricity comes from an atomic power plant, a coal generated** plant or from water ~~ for Canucks it is all HYDRO!!
**Just found out, by checking on line, that Ontario NO LONGER generates any electricity using goal!!
I believe hydro has a Greek origin coming from the Greek word hudro meaning water.
Stan McCormack: 2014 07 19