New Transmission Line Planned To Meet Growing Electricity Needs In Essex County

Thursday June 13th, 2019

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The Independent Electricity System Operator has requested Hydro One to develop and construct a transmission line to meet the increasing electricity needs in our region.

“The IESO is committed to ensuring Ontario businesses and communities have the electricity they need to grow and prosper,” says Peter Gregg, President and CEO of the IESO. “We have seen firsthand the growth in the Windsor-Essex region, and determined a new transmission line is needed to ensure enough electricity is available to meet future needs.”

They say that they are expecting electricity demand in the Windsor-Essex region to increase significantly due to strong agricultural growth, primarily from expansion in the greenhouse sector and, to a lesser extent, in the cannabis industry.

The new transmission line from Chatham to north of Leamington is expected to be complete by the end of 2025.

To meet the electricity needs in the area in the shorter term, the IESO has also requested Hydro One to develop and construct upgrades to existing transmission infrastructure and is exploring consumer energy management options with local utilities, municipalities, Indigenous communities, businesses and other stakeholders.

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