South Georgian Bay/Muskoka

Regional electricity planning in the South Georgian Bay/Muskoka region is divided into two sub-regions – Barrie/Innisfil and Parry Sound/Muskoka.

Regional planning activities in South Georgian Bay/Muskoka 

Barrie/Innisfil sub-region

An Integrated Regional Resource Plan (IRRP) was released for the Barrie/Innisfil sub-region in December 2016.


Parry Sound/Muskoka sub-region

An Integrated Regional Resource Plan (IRRP) was released for the Parry Sound/Muskoka sub-region in December 2016.


Regional planning in South Georgian Bay/Muskoka

In 2014 a Needs Screening was carried out by Hydro One Networks Inc. for the South Georgian Bay/Muskoka region. The report identified several needs that may require regional coordination, and concluded that these needs should be reviewed further under the IESO-led Scoping Assessment process.

The participants in the Scoping Assessment process consisted of the IESO, Hydro One and the local distribution companies servicing the region. They further reviewed the identified needs to determine the best planning approach, and identified two sub-regions – Barrie/Innisfil and Parry Sound/Muskoka.

In June, 2015 the South Georgian Bay/Muskoka Scoping Assessment Outcome Report was released.

Working Groups were established to undertake Integrated Regional Resource Plans (IRRP) for each sub-region. 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 planning participants.
 

Area overview

The South Georgian Bay/Muskoka region is located in central Ontario and includes more than 30 municipalities and 10 First Nation communities. See Scoping Assessment for a complete list.

In the southern portion of this region electricity demand is highest in the summer months, and it is characterized by strong forecast growth, particularly in the Barrie and Innisfil areas. In the northern part, electricity demand is highest in the winter, and growth is forecast to be more gradual.

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

Wasaga Distribution