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Ontario secures new power from battery storage facilities, natural gas and biogas plants

The new purchases were aligned with recommendations from IESO, who said that without a limited amount of new natural gas in the near term, would have to rely on emergency actions, such as “conservation appeals and rotating blackouts” to stabilize the grid.

Published May 9, 2024 at 7:19pm

Barbara Patrocinio
Barbara Patrocinio
Ontario secures new power from battery storage facilities, natural gas and biogas plants
Alberta's electricity market is headed for a major shake-up, and some industry players are fearful that a lengthy period of uncertainty could scare away badly needed investment in power generation. Hydro towers are seen in Montreal, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christinne Muschi

As Ontario's demand for energy rises, the province secured new power from 10 battery storage facilities and three natural gas and biogas facilities.

The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), the province’s independent energy operator, said this means the province will have enough electricity for the rest of this decade. It said Ontario’s total electricity demand will increase by 60 per cent over the next 25 years.

The announcement doesn’t mean that some pumped storage projects, which are currently waiting approval, have been definitively ruled out, according to the Ford government.

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