Transmission and Distribution
Over 200,000 kilometres of high voltage transmission and low voltage distribution lines deliver electricity from Ontario’s generating stations to our homes and businesses.
Maintaining the reliability of this ageing system of lines and related equipment like transformer and distribution stations should be the first priority investment.
While investments in emerging “smart grid” technologies can stimulate innovation, job creation and economic growth, implementation should be done strategically and be based on cost/benefit analyses that sustain the ageing power grid and the province’s transmission and distribution assets.
Ontario is spending billions of dollars on “smart grid” technologies to manage a supply mix now complicated by ever-changing production from wind and solar generation. Ratepayers are not being told what the final costs will be.
‘Smart’-grid technologies could help reduce demand, save money, and improve reliability and efficiency by incorporating new networking tools like sensors and controls. Several challenges remain unresolved;