South Georgian Bay/Muskoka
In 2014, a Needs Screening was carried out by Hydro One Networks Inc. for the South Georgian Bay/Muskoka region. The report identified several needs that may require regional coordination and concluded that these needs should be reviewed further under the IESO-led Scoping Assessment process.
The participants in the Scoping Assessment process consisted of the IESO, Hydro One and the local distribution companies servicing the region. They further reviewed the identified needs to determine the best planning approach, and identified two sub-regions – Barrie/Innisfil and Parry Sound/Muskoka.
In June 2015, the South Georgian Bay/Muskoka Scoping Assessment Outcome Report was released.
Technical Working Groups were established to undertake Integrated Regional Resource Plans (IRRP) for each sub-region. Additional local electricity requirements identified in the Needs Assessment have been by Hydro One and the impacted local distribution companies. Identified needs related to the bulk transmission system supplying this region were addressed in parallel with the IRRP process by the IESO, with results communicated to the regional planning participants.