Route of new Hydro One transmission line chosen

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Following extensive engagement with First Nations, municipal leaders, and businesses, Hydro One has announced the route for its new transmission line between Chatham to Lakeshore.

It chose route 2A north of Queen’s Line in Chatham-Kent, which enters Essex County south of County Road 42.

The route of the new Chatham to Lakeshore Transmission Line. (courtesy of Hydro One)

The route of the new Chatham to Lakeshore Transmission Line. (courtesy of Hydro One)

The consultations were part of the Environmental Assessment process, but the utility plans to engage with property owners next about the next steps in the process.

“We are one step closer to supporting the incredible industry and community growth in the region,” said Vice President of Stakeholder Relations, Daniel Levitan.

Residents can learn more about the project and how Hydro One chose the route at an upcoming online open house on March 11. The hour-long presentation will start at 7 p.m.

Hydro One has built two new transmission stations in Leamington and is currently constructing two more in the region.

Electricity demand has grown substantially in Chatham-Kent and Essex County with population growth and expansion of industries like the greenhouse business.

The new transmission line will support that growth and directly meet the need for electricity over the long-term. The Chatham-to-Lakeshore Transmission Line will supply the equivalent of electricity needed to power a city the size of Windsor.