Major Transmission Projects Planned For Northern Ontario
September 21, 2009
McGuinty Government’s Green Energy Plan Creating Jobs
Ontario is asking Hydro One to immediately proceed with planning and implementing major transmission projects across the province, including Northern Ontario, which will create jobs and build the green economy.A series of 10 transmission projects and investments in the Northern distribution network are expected to create over 6,000 jobs in the region and will unlock significant opportunities for greener, cleaner electricity. Nearly half of the $2.3 billion investment to be spent by Hydro One on transmission and distribution projects over the next three years will occur in Northern Ontario.
An upgraded northern transmission and distribution grid will be able to support over 3,000 megawatts of renewable resources, such as wind, hydroelectric and solar power, by 2020. The investments are also expected to grow industry and open up the potential for future connection of First Nation communities.
The transmission investments will support thousands of jobs in construction, engineering and other skilled trades. And with the addition and development of new renewable energy resources, that has the potential to bring training and business development through Sudbury-based facilities like Cambrian College’s new Xstrata Nickel Sustainable Energy Centre.
Six core transmission network upgrades are moving forward, including an East-West line from Nipigon to Wawa, and a North-South line from Sudbury to Barrie. These projects will strengthen the backbone of Ontario’s electricity grid and help ensure there is enough transmission capability for renewable generation resulting from the province’s Green Energy Act.
In addition to bringing more renewable power online, these significant upgrades will strengthen the reliability of Ontario’s transmission system, increase energy trade across the province and beyond our borders and could one day lead to a national East-West grid.
“The McGuinty government is demonstrating its commitment to the economy and the environment by creating jobs in Sudbury and the surrounding area, while ensuring our future infrastructure is clean, green and highly innovative.”
– Rick Bartlucci
“Enhancing our transmission grid is critical to taking advantage of green energy. Resources like wind and hydro aren’t often where the people are, and this plan will ensure we can bring renewable green power to the people of Ontario.”
– George Smitherman
Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure
• Northern Ontario is home to approximately 4,700 megawatts (MW) or 13 per cent of Ontario’s current electricity-generating capacity.
• The North contains about 40 per cent of Ontario’s current stock of developed hydro capacity.
• Northwestern Ontario has approximately 1,400 MW of generation capacity.
• Northeastern Ontario has approximately 3,300 MW of generation capacity.
• Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure
• Hydro One
• Map: Transmission Expansion
• Expanding Transmission to Better Harvest Renewable Energy
• Ontario’s Ten Steps To Green Energy
• Amy Tang
• Eric Pelletier