TORONTO, Aug. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Energy Board has chosen Upper
Canada Transmission Inc. as the transmitter to complete development
work for the East-West Tie Line. The East-West Tie Line is a major new
electricity transmission line in Northwestern Ontario. Upper Canada
Transmission Inc. is a partnership of NextEra Energy Canada (a wholly
owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC), Enbridge Inc. and
Borealis Infrastructure Management.
The Board held a public hearing to select the designated transmitter
from six competing proposals.
The East-West Tie Line is intended to improve the reliability of
electricity supply in Northwestern Ontario by increasing the amount of
electricity that can be transfered between the transmission system in
the Northwest and the rest of Ontario. The line will be approximately
400 km long and run between Thunder Bay and Wawa. The Ministry of
Energy identified the East-West Tie Line as a priority project in its
Long Term Energy Plan.
The Board conducted the designation process to encourage competition in
transmission service in Ontario, and to drive economic efficiency for
the benefit of ratepayers.
Designation does not mean the East-West Tie Line will be built. Upper
Canada Transmission Inc. must complete the development work and bring
an application to the Board for approval to construct the line.
Another public hearing will be held at that time.
Upper Canada Transmission Inc. has authority to spend up to $22.2
million on the development work. To recover these costs, Upper Canada
Transmission Inc. will be required to meet certain milestones and to
report its progress on a regular basis.
Six transmitters applied for designation. The Board assessed the
proposals using criteria that were identified in advance. The Board
also considered input from a variety of groups, including consumers,
municipalities, First Nations and Métis while assessing the
applications. Upper Canada Transmission Inc.'s proposal ranked the
The Ontario Energy Board is an independent and impartial public agency.
We make decisions that serve the public interest. Our goal is to
promote a financially viable and efficient energy sector that provides
consumers with reliable energy services at a reasonable cost.
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SOURCE: Ontario Energy Board
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