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Electric Utility Construction Price Index, 2014

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Released: 2015-04-02

Construction costs for the electric utility distribution systems increased 0.1% in 2014 compared with the 2013 annual index. Higher costs for construction indirects (+4.9%), which include engineering (+5.0%), and administration and overheads (+4.8%), were tempered by lower costs for labour (-2.3%) and construction equipment (-0.9%).

In 2014, construction costs for transmission line systems increased by 2.7%. The transmission lines component rose 1.1%, largely as a result of higher equipment costs (+7.6%). The substations component increased by 3.5%, led by higher costs for power transformers as well as for circuit breakers, circuit reclosers (both up 7.1%).

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With each release, data for the previous year may have been revised. The indexes are not seasonally adjusted and are available at the Canada level only.

Following this release of data for reference year 2014, the Electric Utility Construction Price Index will be suspended. The program will be reviewed to ensure the models used in the future take into account current practices in construction. For more information or to participate in user consultations, contact us (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 514-283-8300;

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