Ontario expected to add 2,600 MW of capacity to grid by 2013

Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), the province’s grid operator, said it expected energy companies to add more than 2,600 MW of capacity to the grid over the next 18 months.

According to Reuters, TransCanada Corp. expects the 750 MW Bruce 2 nuclear reactor is expected to enter service in the first quarter of 2012, while Unit 1 is expected to be operating in the third quarter. The IESO also said the new 500 kV transmission line from Bruce to Milton would enter service to help accommodate the full output from all eight reactors at Bruce and enable new renewable sources to reach the grid.

In addition, IESO reportedly expects about 400 MW of gas-fired generation and more than 700 MW of renewable generation to enter service over the next 18 months. By August 2013, IESO said total wind and solar generation connected to the grid would reach about 4,000 MW, the article said.

But, the IESO said in the article that ongoing weakness of the global economy would negatively affect peak demand and energy consumption over the next 18 months.

Ontario expects to shut the remaining 3,400 MW of coal-fired capacity in the province by 2014. Ontario Power Generation owns the plants.

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