A Needs Assessment process was conducted for the East Lake Superior region in late 2014 by a working group led by Great Lakes Power Transmission LP (GLPT), and including representatives from the IESO, OPA (now merged with IESO), Hydro One Transmission, Algoma Power Inc., PUC Distribution and Chapleau Public Utility Corporation. Through this process, it was determined that there are no electricity needs in the next ten years requiring regional coordination. The report did identify three issues that do not require further regional coordination and localized "wires-only" solutions are to be developed by GLPT and the impacted distributor or customer.
Current status: With the issuing of the Needs Assessment Report on December 12, 2014, this completes the Regional Planning process. The next Regional Planning process will be undertaken in 2019, unless there is sufficient load growth or a trigger event that requires initiating the Regional Planning process before that date.
The East Lake Superior Region includes all of GLPT's 560 km of transmission lines as well as ties to the provincial grid at Hydro One's Wawa Transformer Station (TS) in the North West and Mississagi TS in the Northeast plus Hydro One's 115 kV line supplied from Wawa TS. Local distribution companies in this area include: Algoma Power Inc., PUC Distribution Inc., and Chapleau Public Utility Corporation.
East Lake Superior map