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The Price of Progress in Ontario

Although Canada at large and Ontario have taken steps to improve the EV industry through incentives, mandates, and manufacturing and supply chain improvements, recent events have brought to light underlying issues with the province's electrical capacity.

Large facilities, like the EV battery plant planned in Ontario have massive energy demands that the province needs to prepare for.
Large facilities, like the EV battery plant planned in Ontario have massive energy demands that the province needs to prepare for.

Major Investments and Uncertain Opportunities

In March an agreement for a $5 billion EV battery manufacturing facility was announced for Windsor, this is set to be one of the largest investments in the country's auto industry and a crucial step in international EV supply. However not all is well with the Windsor region, as it has potentially been disqualified from hosting an additional $2.5 billion plant due to a lack of electrical capacity according to Invest WindsorEssex in an article from CBC News. Although some officials are still hopeful about the additional plant, it is undeniable that changes need to be made to keep up with the region's increasing appetite for energy.

Challenges in the Near Future: Growing Demands

In their Annual Acquisitions Report the The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) defines capacity as:

"...a resource’s maximum ability to provide energy or reduce load when required. To plan a reliable electricity system, the IESO must ensure that adequate capacity is available to supply the peak demand, taking into account scheduled and reasonably expected unscheduled outages of system components, with sufficient margins in reserve."

In that same report they discuss a need for 1,975 MW of resources in the West of London in the near future, which is comparable to the load of all of Hamilton.

Although work is already underway to develop 5 new transmission lines through the region, businesses looking to expand, especially greenhouses, have repeatedly run into this capacity limitation in the past. In order to reduce reliance on government and external resources experts suggest looking into distributed energy resources (DER) and on site generation.

How We Can Help

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