Toronto – In the first designation of its kind, Ontario Energy Board announced today its choice of 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 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 transferred 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.
• 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 highest.