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Ontario Power System Can Handle The Heat

LOCAL2 Staff for local2 sault ste. marie
August 14th, 2012 at 10:25am

power gridWhen it comes to Ontarians dealing with extreme heat this Summer, Ontario's power grid seems to be handling the demand to keep us cool.

"We are moving forward with our plan to build a modern, clean, reliable electricity system that Ontarians can count on. We are increasing our supply of renewable energy, building a smarter grid and ensuring cleaner air for future generations." Chris Bentley,Minister of Energy announced Tuesday.

During a summer of record-setting temperatures, Ontario's electricity system continues to meet demand and keep the lights on in homes and businesses across the province.

In July, Ontario's electricity system experienced the highest monthly summer demand since August 2007. The province's system also saw peak daily demand reach 24,600 megawatts. Careful infrastructure planning and the successful integration of many clean energy generation and transmission projects onto the provincial electricity grid have helped the province stay on top of electricity demand while phasing out coal-fired generation by 2014.

Since 2003, Ontario has brought more than 10,000 megawatts of new and refurbished clean energy online from sources like wind, solar and bio-energy. That's enough power to meet the needs of more than 2 million homes during the hot summer months.

Strengthening Ontario's electricity infrastructure is an important part of the McGuinty government's plan to build a modern, clean, reliable electricity system. This will ensure the province has the electricity it needs to power our homes, schools, hospitals and our economy today and for future generations.


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