Regional electricity planning in the Renfrew region is underway to identify the future need of electricity for the area, and options to ensure an adequate and reliable supply continues for its residents and businesses.
The IESO engages with local and regional communities to seek input to help inform planning activities. Learn more about engagement on the current planning cycle.
Regional Planning Process
The local distribution companies (LDCs) providing service to customers in the area include
Ottawa River Power Corporation
Renfrew Hydro Inc.
Hydro One Networks Inc.
For regional planning purposes, the Renfrew region is made up of 18 municipalities including the towns of Arnprior, Deep River, Laurentian Hills, Petawawa and Renfrew. As well as the townships of Admaston/Bromley, Bonnechere Valley, Brudenell, Lyndoch and Raglan, Greater Madawaska, Head, Clara and Maria, Horton, Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards, Laurentian Valley, Madawaska Valley, McNab/Braeside, North Algona Wilberforce and Whitewater Region; as well as the City of Pembroke.
Regional Planning Activities in Renfrew Region
A new regional electricity planning cycle has begun for the Renfrew region that will examine local growth and future electricity needs.
The IESO has developed a Scoping Assessment Outcome Report and Terms of Reference that identifies the need for a more comprehensive Integrated Regional Resource Plan (IRRP) and includes the terms of reference that outlines the timing and details of the work to develop this 20-year electricity plan for the region to determine the most appropriate planning approach going forward to meet the needs. This follows the completion of a Needs Assessment published by Hydro One in May 2021.
A Needs Assessment was conducted for the Renfrew region in March 2016. The process was led by Hydro One Networks Inc., and included representatives from the IESO, Ottawa River Power Corporation and Renfrew Hydro Inc.
At that time, it was determined that no regional coordination would be required at that time as no near- or mid-term needs were identified.