One of Ontario's most promising areas for wind power
development is the Bruce Peninsula. However, renewable energy
development on the peninsula has been severely constrained by
Ontario's contractual commitment to devote most of the existing
transmission capacity to the Bruce nuclear plant. The resulting
"Orange Zone" will only be released when the new Bruce to Milton transmission line is completed, adjacent
to the existing line. The new line is expected to transmit
approximately 3000 MW of additional electricity from wind and
I was a lawyer in the Ministry of Energy in the 1970s, the last
time the province tried to build this transmission line. Public
opposition, including adept use of the then new Environmental
Assessment Act, killed the project. This time, Hydro One is moving steadily, if slowly, through the
regulatory obstacles. The Ontario Energy Board approved the line in
2008. The Environmental Assessment was approved in 2009.
Expropriation approvals for almost all the required property were
issued in March 2011. Last month, following a lengthy and
contentious hearing, the Minister of Natural Resources directed the
Niagara Escarpment Commission to issue a Development Permit which
authorizes Hydro One to widen the existing transmission corridor
across the escarpment. Hydro One's website still predicts that
they will have all necessary approvals by January 2009, for a fall
2011 in service date. Presumably, the line will now be in service
sometime in 2013 or 2014.
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