The regional planning cycle for the Parry Sound/Muskoka sub-region was completed in December 2016 and an Integrated Regional Resource Plan (IRRP) was released.
Regional Planning Status
Given the large geographical area, many communities in the Parry Sound/Muskoka sub-region are supplied by long transmission and distribution networks and rely on single supply sources. Regional planning will examine the reliability performances of the transmission and distribution infrastructure and where appropriate, examine options to mitigate the potential impact of power outages to communities and businesses in the area.
In addition, given the forecasted demand growth in this sub-region, there may be opportunities for communities to manage growth through the development of community-based solutions, including energy efficiency measures, distributed generation, demand response programs and other innovative technologies.
A Working Group consisting of the local distribution companies in the region, the local transmitter and the IESO will use the regional planning process to identify and meet local electricity needs. The Working Group consists of staff from Alectra Utilities, Lakeland Power, Midland PUC, Newmarket-Tay Power, Orillia Power, Veridian Connections, Hydro One Distribution, Hydro One Transmission and the IESO.
The Parry Sound/Muskoka sub-region roughly encompasses the Districts of Muskoka and Parry Sound, and the northern part of Simcoe County. A full listing of the municipalities in the regional planning area can be found in the Terms of Reference. This sub-region also includes eight First Nation communities: Beausoleil, Chippewas of Rama, Henvey Inlet, Magnetawan, Moose Deer Point, Shawanaga, Wahta Mohawks and Wasauksing.
Electricity demand is primarily driven by residential and commercial uses, especially electric heating during the winter season. This region also supports a mix of economic activities including tourism, retail, health care and manufacturing industries. Electricity demand in this area typically peaks during the winter months, with historical peak demand ranging from around 470- 530 MW.
A modest increase in electricity demand is forecasted over the next 20 years for the area. While slower growth is expected in the region's manufacturing sector, growing Indigenous communities, developments in the tourism and retail sector, and potential local economic development such as the Parry Sound Airport Development and Rama Road Corridor Economic Employment District, will contribute to the electricity demand.
The IESO engages with local and regional communities to seek input to help inform regional planning activities. An Integrated Regional Resource Plan (IRRP) from the latest Parry Sound-Muskoka planning cycle was finalized in 2016. See engagement materials on the previous planning cycle.