Energy-strapped Ontario has struck an agreement with Manitoba to study developing an electrical power transmission grid between the provinces.
The two provinces announced in April that they would sign a memorandum of understanding committing both jurisdictions to study clean energy transfers. The proposal involves the construction of a hydro-electrical generating station at Conawapa on the Nelson River near the Fox Lake First Nation.
Under the agreement, Manitoba Hydro and Hydro One are to evaluate the technical and financial aspects associated with the transmission of clean energy. By July 11, Jim Peters, head of public affairs at Manitoba Hydro, said that to date no consulting engineers have been hired to help conduct the studies.
John Baird, the Ontario Minister of Energy, said in April: “There’s no question we must look for new sources of clean, affordable electricity and accessing hydroelectric power from Manitoba would have benefits for the public, private industry and the environment. The detailed examination to be undertaken as part of this study will help us to move forward.”