Project to connect remote First Nation communities takes another significant step forward
Media Release text from the Ontario Energy Board:
Friday, October 1, 2021
Yesterday, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) issued its Decision and Order on Wataynikaneyap Power LP’s (WPLP) first electricity transmission rates application related to the construction of roughly 1,736 km of transmission lines and 22 associated stations in northwestern Ontario.
WPLP is a partnership involving 24 First Nations and Fortis Inc.
This transmission project, a priority for the government, will enable 16 remote First Nation communities to be connected to the provincial electricity grid and be served by Hydro One Remote Communities Inc. (HORCI). These communities are currently provided electricity through diesel generation supplied by either HORCI or independent power authorities.
In its Decision and Order, the OEB approved a Settlement Proposal that was put forward by participants in the hearing. The OEB was satisfied that the terms of the Settlement Proposal should result in reasonable outcomes for WPLP, Ontario electricity transmission service customers and HORCI customers.
The OEB has therefore approved a revenue requirement of $41.5 million , to be recovered as follows:
Recovery of the 2022 revenue requirement of $41.5 million will result in a small bill increase for Ontario consumers. The final bill impacts will not be known until later this year.
Based on current information, the estimated total bill increase is:
The transmission rates will remain in effect for one year, and WPLP will need to file further applications for subsequent years.
The OEB is the independent regulator of Ontario’s electricity and natural gas sectors. It protects the interests of individuals and supports the collective advancement of the people of Ontario. Its goal is to deliver public value through prudent regulation and independent adjudicative decision-making which contributes to Ontario’s economic, social and environmental development.