IESO: Ontario to see more renewable energy integrated into power system

The Independent Electricity System Operator expects to see more than 3,200 MW of renewable capacity to be connected to Ontario’s transmission system in the next 18 months, according to IESO’s latest 18-Month Outlook.

The report said that total wind and solar generation in the province’s transmission and distribution system is expected to reach 6,800 MW and produce around 14.9 TWh of energy annually by August 2014. Last September, IESO forecast a total of 4,800 MW of power from wind and solar power to be connected to the grid by February 2014.

The report also stated that coal-burning power in the province would be removed by the end of 2014. The remaining generating units at Lambton and Nanticoke are scheduled to stop burning coal by the end of 2013, and the Atikokan generating station is undergoing a conversion to burning biomass and expected to be in service by the third quarter of 2014.

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