New Infrastructure on the Power System Supports Reliable Operations in Ontario

    TORONTO, Aug. 25 /CNW/ - The latest 18-Month Outlook issued by the
Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) highlights continued
improvements to the reliability of the province's power system. Nearly 2,700
megawatts (MW) of new and refurbished supply are scheduled to come into
service over the next 18 months as Ontario's coal plants continue to reduce
their output and emissions.
    Ontario's electricity supply is growing with the anticipated return to
service of two units at the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station and the addition
of two new wind farms. This new supply complements an increase in Ontario's
import and export capabilities resulting from completion of the first stage of
a new interconnection between Ontario and Quebec in July 2009. Additional
transmission reinforcements in Quebec, scheduled to be in service by May 2010,
will allow transfers up to 1,250 MW.
    "New supply has improved the reliability of Ontario's power system
significantly over the past few years," said Bruce Campbell, Vice President,
Resource Integration, at the IESO. "As an industry, we are also making
significant strides in our collective efforts to reduce the environmental
impact of our operations by integrating higher levels of renewable generation
into the supply mix."
    While electricity consumption and peak demand are down significantly this
year, energy consumption is forecast to increase in 2010 as the economy
improves and the manufacturing sector starts to recover. A number of factors
have contributed to the decline in 2009, including the recession, moderate
weather, conservation and growth in embedded generation. Energy consumption is
expected to decline by 5.5% in 2009 before showing a slight increase of 0.2%
in 2010. Peak demand, on the other hand, is expected to decline throughout the
forecast period.

    The IESO regularly assesses the adequacy and reliability of Ontario's
power system. The complete 18-Month Outlook is available at

    The IESO is responsible for managing Ontario's bulk electricity power
system and operating the wholesale market. For more information, please visit

For further information:

For further information: Alexandra Campbell, (416) 506-2806

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