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IESO’s 2020 Annual Planning Outlook Illustrates Ontario’s Conundrum

Karen Taylor

In January 2021, the IESO released its 2020 Annual Planning Outlook. The Outlook provides the IESO’s long-term demand forecast for the 2022 to 2040 period and an assessment of whether resources will be ready and sufficient to meet that demand. The Outlook also reveals Ontario’s electricity conundrum – the interplay between excess energy production and need for additional capacity, the enduring effects of costly and inflexible solar and wind contracts, and the public expectation that electricity production come from sources that do not emit GHG.

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