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The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has released a 20-year Integrated Regional Resource Plan (IRRP) for the Central Ottawa Area, and is looking for input from the community. Developed by Hydro Ottawa, Hydro One Networks and the IESO, the plan identifies the electricity needs of the Ottawa area, and is designed to support community growth and ensure that electricity is available when needed.

Community engagement is an important aspect of the regional planning process and a Local Advisory Committee (LAC) is being formed for the Greater Ottawa Area so that local municipalities, Aboriginal communities, businesses, stakeholders and members of the general public can be involved in the discussion. The role of the LAC is to provide advice and recommendations on the plan’s longer-term options, as well as to advise on how best to engage the broader community in this discussion, including seeking input on options to meet electricity demand growth in the South Nepean area. If you would like to nominate yourself for the LAC, or if you would like more information, please visit www.ieso.ca/LAC. The nomination deadline is June 4, 2015.

An informational webinar was held earlier this month to review the Ottawa Area IRRP and discuss the next steps in the development of longer-term options, including the formation of the Local Advisory Committee.

To view an archive of the webinar, please visit www.meetview.com/ieso20150514.

More information on the Greater Ottawa Region’s IRRP is available at www.ieso.ca/GreaterOttawa.

More information on Local Advisory Committees and the Ottawa LAC nomination form is available at www.ieso.ca/LAC.

For more information on the regional planning process, please visit www.ieso.ca/regional-planning.

Please note, the Ontario Power Authority merged with the Independent Electricity System Operator on January 1, 2015 to create a new organization that carries the name Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). For more information, visit www.ieso.ca.