Regional electricity planning is underway in the North of Dryden area. An Integrated Regional Resource Plan (IRRP) has been developed for this region. While a Working Group consisting of the Local Distribution Companies, the local transmitter and the IESO will use the IRRP process to identify options, this is an opportunity for municipalities, community groups, stakeholders and the general public to provide input into the development of their region's electricity plan. Below is information about the planning process underway.
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.