Ontario to connect to power grid 1.5 GW of renewables in 18 months
Sep 13, 2012 - Canada’s province of Ontario will hook to the grid 1,500 MW of renewable power generators in the coming 18 months, along with 1,500 MW of nuclear power, the province's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) calculates.
According to the operator’s latest 18-month outlook, Ontario will have 4,800 MW of grid-connected wind and solar power installations by February 2014.
IESO said that Ontario’s power supply margins would remain positive for at least a year and a half. It expects that the province will be able to proceed with its plan to shut down all coal-fired power plants by 2014.
Furthermore, IESO noted that power demand was to remain flat this year and ease slightly in 2013. It said that the expected decline would be driven by the global economic situation, a rise in embedded generation capacity, conservation initiatives and other factors.