Ontario to welcome 1,000 MW of new renewable installations through May 2012
(ADPnews) - Dec 6, 2010 - Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) projects that from this December to May 2012 the province will flick the switch on 1,700 MW of new power capacity, of which nearly 1,000 MW will come from renewable energy sources.
As a result, the total green energy capacity in Ontario will reach 2,200 MW. IESO, which manages Ontario's bulk electricity power system and the wholesale market, also expects around 1,400 MW of additional renewables to connect to the grid for the 18 months through May 2012, bringing the capacity of distribution-connected renewable facilities to 2,100 MW. In 2012, green energy systems are seen to commence operations at a rate of 200 MW every month.
In its 18-month outlook, the operator projects that solar and wind power will keep boosting their share in the province's power mix, with a huge number of facilities to come online after May 2012.
This autumn, Ontario shut down four coal-fired plants and two additional units of the Nanticoke plant are scheduled for elimination in 2011. Power consumption for 2011 is to remain nearly flat on the year, while in 2012 it will grow by 0.6% year-on-year. Peak demands are to be scaled down through planned conservation measures, time-of-use power rates and embedded generation.
Back in November, Ontario presented its Long-Term Energy Plan under which the province will invest CAD 87 billion (USD 86.7m/EUR 65.7m) in nuclear, wind, solar, hydro and biomass power over the next 20 years. The plan also calls for serious power conservation measures, aiming to reduce electricity consumption by 20% by 2020. One of its major goals is the elimination of all coal-fired power plants by 2014, while renewable energy capacity in the province is planned to reach 10,700 MW by 2018.