Hydro One to invest more than $600 million in Ontario's electricity transmission system; the largest expansion to Ontario's transmission system in 20 years

    TORONTO, March 26 /CNW/ - Today Hydro One announced it will seek the
necessary approvals to construct a new double-circuit 500 kilovolt (kV) line
on a widened existing transmission corridor between the Bruce Power facility
and Hydro One's Milton switching station located in the Town of Milton; the
largest expansion to Ontario's transmission system in 20 years.
    The news followed an announcement earlier today in which the Ontario
Power Authority (OPA) confirmed its preferred option and route for the new
line to increase the province's transmission capacity and to allow for greater
access to renewable energy and nuclear power from the Bruce region.
    In a report released last fall, the OPA in its role to ensure an
adequate, long-term supply of electricity for Ontario, identified the need and
rationale for the new line to provide transmission capability to reliably
transmit power from approximately 1,700 MW of new renewable generation
identified in the region, as well as power from refurbished units at the Bruce
Power facility.
    The proposed 180-kilometre, 500 kV transmission line, Ontario's newest
clean energy corridor, is planned to be in-service by December 2011. The Bruce
to Milton project is the second clean, renewable transmission investment
announced in recent months and represents an approximate investment of over
$600 million in Ontario's transmission system.
    The project is subject to both the Environmental Assessment (EA) Act and
Ontario Energy Board (OEB) approvals. The company will initiate the EA process
and will file a Section 92 (leave to construct) application with the OEB
simultaneously to meet the service date for the line. Hydro One is committed
to open consultation throughout the required approvals process.
    Provincial land use policy requires that existing transmission corridors
be utilized to the extent possible for new transmission lines. As such, Hydro
One proposes widening the existing 500 kV corridor and constructing the new
line along the north and east side of the widened existing corridor, to avoid
the need to establish a new right-of-way. Rights to an additional 53-61 metres
(175-200 feet) of land adjacent to the existing corridor will be required.
Widening the transmission corridor makes it necessary for Hydro One to obtain
additional easement rights and, in a limited number of cases, purchase
    "Ontarians expect reliable and cost-effective power and a transmission
system that provides it to their homes, schools, farms and businesses. Our
investment announced today meets this need," said Laura Formusa, President and
CEO, Hydro One (Acting). "This project is important to secure Ontario's clean
and renewable energy future. We are sensitive to concerns of property owners,
Aboriginal communities, local municipalities and stakeholders impacted by the
project and will work to ensure that we manage their concerns in a manner that
is fair and responsible."

    Hydro One delivers electricity safely, reliably and responsibly to homes
and businesses across the province of Ontario and owns and operates Ontario's
29,000 kilometre high-voltage transmission network that delivers electricity
to large industrial customers and municipal utilities, and a 122,000 kilometre
low-voltage distribution system that serves about 1.3 million end-use
customers and smaller municipal utilities in the province. Hydro One is wholly
owned by the Province of Ontario.

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in Ontario only) or (416) 345-6868. Our web site is www.HydroOne.com.

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