A Needs Assessment was carried out by Hydro One Networks Inc. for the South Georgian Bay/Muskoka region. The report identified several needs in the region that may require regional coordination, and concluded that these needs should be reviewed further under the IESO-led Scoping Assessment process.
The Regional Participants consisting of the IESO, Hydro One and the local distribution companies servicing the region further reviewed the identified needs to determine the best planning approach for the region, and have identified two sub-regions – Barrie/Innisfil and Parry Sound/Muskoka. Working Groups have been established to undertake Integrated Regional Resource Plans (IRRP) for each sub-region to address the needs in these areas. Additional local electricity requirements identified in the Needs Assessment will be addressed by Hydro One and the impacted local distribution companies. Identified needs related to the bulk transmission system supplying this region will be addressed in parallel with the IRRP process by the IESO, with results communicated to the Regional Participants.
Current status: Integrated Regional Resource Plans (IRRPs) have been released for the Barrie/Innisfil and Parry Sound/Muskoka sub-regions.
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The local distribution companies providing service to customers in the South Georgian Bay/ Muskoka region include Hydro One Distribution, InnPower, Lakeland Power, Midland PUC, Newmarket-Tay Power, Orangeville Hydro, Orillia Power, PowerStream, PowerStream COLLUS, Veridian Connections and Wasaga Distribution.
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The final Scoping Assessment Outcome Report and IRRP Terms of Reference were released in June 2015. Subscribe to receive updates on the South Georgian Bay/Muskoka planning area and to learn about opportunities for municipalities, community groups, stakeholders and the general public to provide input.
The South Georgian Bay/Muskoka region is located in central Ontario and includes more than 30 municipalities and ten First Nation communities. See Scoping Assessment for a complete list.
The region is supplied from 115 kV and 230 kV transmission lines and stations that connect at Essa Transformer Station.
The southern portion of this region is summer-peaking (electricity demand is highest in the summer months), and is characterized by strong forecast growth, particularly in the Barrie and Innisfil areas. The northern part of the region is winter peaking (electricity demand is highest in the winter months), and growth is forecast to be more gradual.
South Georgian Bay/Muskoka
Current status: An Integrated Regional Resource Plan (IRRP) has been released for the Barrie/Innisfil sub-region. A Local Advisory Committee will be formed in early 2017.
The Working Group for the Barrie/Innisfil IRRP consists of staff from the IESO, Hydro One Networks Inc. (transmitter and distributor), InnPower, and PowerStream.
Parry Sound/Muskoka sub-region
Current status: An Integrated Regional Resource Plan (IRRP) has been released for the Parry Sound/Muskoka sub-region.
The Working Group for the Parry Sound Muskoka IRRP consists of staff from the IESO, Hydro One Networks Inc. (transmitter and distributor), Lakeland Power, Midland PUC, Newmarket-Tay Power, Orillia Power, PowerStream, and Veridian Connections.