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IMO says Ontario Residents Deserve Special Thanks

August 22, 2003

Toronto, August 22, 2003 (6:00 p.m.) -- Ontario's power emergency will end at 8:00 p.m., marking the return to service of the majority of the province's generating capability. Consumers are urged to continue with their conservation efforts until 8:00 p.m. 

Additional generating units at Pickering, Bruce Power, and Lakeview are scheduled to come online over the next few days. There is, however, enough current capability and available imports to meet normal demand patterns over the weekend and provide required reserves. 

By 6:00 p.m. energy demand had peaked at 19,358 MW. Normal demand today would have been about 23,600 MW. Today the available Ontario internal supply was 21,864 MW, with an additional 2,600 MW available in imports during the peak hours, to use if required. 

Conservation efforts by industries, businesses and residential consumers since the start of the power emergency on Thursday, August 14 have had a considerable impact. At times, Ontarians were able to reduce their energy consumption by as much as 4,500MW, or 20 per cent of normal demand. 

"The people of Ontario deserve special recognition for their efforts this week," said Dave Goulding, President and CEO. "Thanks to the conservation efforts of industries, businesses and residents we've been able to help deliver an uninterrupted supply of power to the province since Saturday morning," 

"I would also like to thank all the employees at the Independent Electricity Market Operator who worked around the clock with others in the industry to restore the system back to normal. It's been a real team effort," said Goulding. 

As Ontario moves out of the power emergency, consumers are still encouraged to consider conserving energy whenever possible. Reducing overall energy use and shifting consumption to off-peak hours has a positive impact on the management of the province's power system, can help lower electricity bills, and reduce pollution. 

With the return to normal operations, the IMO will reopen the wholesale electricity market at 1:00 a.m (EDT) on August 23, 2003. The wholesale market was suspended following the power outage on Thursday, August 14, 2003. 

A Power Restoration Update available on the IMO homepage