An Integrated Regional Resource Plan (IRRP) has been developed for this region. The IESO used the IRRP process to identify options. Municipal engagement and Aboriginal consultation were conducted in the development of the plan. Proponents of the two proposed initiatives are responsible for further engagement on these projects.
The IRRP proposes two initiatives to meet the near-term electricity needs north of Dryden:
building a new 230 kV transmission line from the Dryden / Ignace area to Pickle Lake
upgrading the existing transmission lines from Dryden to Ear Falls and from Ear Falls to Red Lake.
The estimated cost of these projects during the planning period is about $124 million. Together these projects increase the Pickle Lake subsystem's ability to meet demand from 24 MW to up to 160 MW, and more than double the Red Lake subsystem's ability to meet demand, taking it from 61 MW to 130 MW.