There are 25 remote First Nations communities, comprised of approximately 15,000 people, in Northwestern Ontario with electricity generation and distribution systems that are not connected to the provincial transmission grid. Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) estimated that Ontario could save up to $37M a year if these communities were connected to the province’s power transmission grid. Furthermore, this connection would bring significant health, environmental, social development and economic impacts to these communities.
Pikangikum First Nation was the first community to be connected to the provincial grid. Wataynikaneyap Power tasked CIMA+ with the detail engineering for a 100 km-115 kV transmission line and a 17 km-25 kV distribution line.