Ontario Energy Board selects transmitter for East-West Tie Line development
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
wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Canada (a wholly owned subsidiary of
NextEra Energy Resources LLC), Enbridge Inc. and Borealis Infrastructure
The Board held a public hearing to select the designated transmitter from six
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
-- 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 highest.
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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