A new regional planning cycle is underway for the Windsor-Essex region. The first cycle of regional planning for the region began in 2010 and was completed in April 2015 with the release of an Integrated Regional Resource Plan (IRRP). The next IRRP for the region is anticipated to be posted in Q1 2019.
The IESO hosted two open houses in Windsor and Essex in the summer and spring of 2015 to review the outcomes of the Windsor-Essex IRRP. Given that there were no long-term electricity needs identified in the 2015 plan that require regional coordination, it was decided at a local level that there is no need to establish a Local Advisory Committee (LAC) at this time.
2015 Regional planning process outcome
In the near and medium term, demand in the Kingsville-Leamington area has exceeded supply capacity. A large portion of the study area does not currently comply with the prescribed Ontario Resource and Transmission Assessment Criteria (ORTAC) restoration criteria. A recommended plan to build a short transmission line and a new transformer station near Leamington in combination with refurbishment work at the Kingsville and Keith stations will address the needs identified for the area.
No long-term needs were identified at this time. The next regional planning process is scheduled to begin in 2018.