Transcript: TVO Explains: The Lake Erie Connector project | Jul 27, 2017

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The title of the show reads "The Lake Erie Connector Project."

A clip shows the location of Lake Erie on a map.

A slate appears with the caption "The underwater electricity transmission line will run from Nanticoke, Ontario, to Erie County, Pennsylvania."

The caption changes to "Sarah Reid. Digital Media Producer."

Sarah is in her thirties, with mid-length curly blond hiar in a half ponytail. She wears a white button down top.

She says THE LAKE ERIE CONNECTOR PROJECT
WILL BE AN UNDERWATER
ELECTRICITY TRANSMISSION LINE
THAT WILL TRAVEL FROM
NANTICOKE, ONTARIO,
TO ERIE COUNTY,
PENNSYLVANIA.
IT'S MEANT TO BE
117 KILOMETERS LONG.
IT WILL BE ABLE TO TRANSMIT
1000 MEGAWATTS OF POWER.

A clip shows a cross cut of the connector with the caption "Courtesy: Z22, Wikimedia Commons."

Sarah says AND IT'S BEING DEVELOPED
BY A COMPANY CALLED
ITC GRID DEVELOPMENT
AND IS EXPECTED TO COST ABOUT
A BILLION DOLLARS TO BUILD.
IT'LL BE BETWEEN
ONTARIO AND PJM.
PJM IS THE REGIONAL
TRANSMISSION ORGANISATION
IN THE UNITED STATES
THAT TRANSMITS ELECTRICITY
TO 14 STATES IN THE NORTHEAST,
INCLUDING PENNSYLVANIA,
OHIO, AND MICHIGAN.

Pictures show images of power lines and hydroelectric power dams.

Sarah says AT THE BEGINNING, IT'S EXPECTED
THAT MOST OF THE ELECTRICITY
WILL BE FLOWING SOUTH
FROM ONTARIO TO THE U.S.
AS WE TRY TO OFFLOAD SOME OF
OUR EXCESS CAPACITY UP HERE.

A slate appears with the caption "Ontario’s Excess Capacity Problem."

The caption changes to "Ontario Wasted 7.6 terawatt hours of clean electricity in 2016. Ontario Society of Professional Engineers."

Sarah says A REPORT FROM
THE ONTARIO SOCIETY
OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS
RECENTLY FOUND
THAT WE'RE WASTING
7.6 TERAWATT HOURS
OF CLEAN ENERGY
IN THE PROVINCE.

The caption changes to "That could power 760,000 homes."

Sarah says THAT'S EQUAL TO THE ENERGY
NEEDED TO POWER 760,000 HOMES.
SOMETIMES THAT POWER
IS NOT JUST WASTED, EITHER.
SOMETIMES WE ACTUALLY PAY
GENERATORS TO NOT PRODUCE.
IT'S NOT VERY EFFICIENT.

The caption changes to "Sometimes we sell excess energy – but at guaranteed rates."

Sarah says WE ARE ABLE TO
SELL THAT ENERGY TOO.
SOMETIMES WE SELL IT TO OTHER
PROVINCES OR U.S. STATES.
BUT IT COMES AT A COST.
ONTARIO HAS NEGOTIATED
GUARANTEED RATES
WITH ITS POWER GENERATORS
THAT IF THEY EXPORT IT
ELSEWHERE
THEY'RE PAID MARKET PRICE
FOR THE POWER
AND ONTARIO TAXPAYERS
MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE.

A slate appears with the caption "Ontario’s Future Power Problems."

Sarah says AND WE MIGHT NOT
ALWAYS BE IN
AN EXCESS-POWER POSITION
IN ONTARIO.

The caption changes to "As nuclear power plants go offline, we might need to buy power from the U.S."

Sarah says THE TRANSMISSION LINE
IS MEANT TO LAST DECADES
AND IN THE NEXT LITTLE WHILE
WE'RE GOING TO BE
REFURBISHING OR REPLACING
NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS IN ONTARIO
WHICH MEANS WE'RE GONNA HAVE
SOME POWER COME OFFLINE.
WE MIGHT ACTUALLY NEED TO
BUY POWER FROM THE U.S.
AND THIS LINE
WILL HELP US DO THAT.
THERE ISN'T NECESSARILY JUST
ONE WAY TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM.
SOME RESEARCHERS ARGUE THAT
WE SHOULDN'T BE FORMING
LINKS WITH THE U.S.
BEFORE WE'VE EXHAUSTED
ALL OF OUR OPTIONS HERE AT HOME.
A 2015 STUDY SHOWED THAT
WHEN ONTARIO NEEDS TO
REPLACE ITS NUCLEAR POWER,
IF WE DO THAT
WITH U.S. POWER
IT'S MORE LIKELY
TO BE NATURAL GAS.

The caption changes to "Using U.S. natural gas instead could raise emissions by up to 60 percent."

Sarah says THAT COULD RAISE EMISSIONS IN
THE PROVINCE UP TO 60 PERCENT.
IF ON THE OTHER HAND WE DID IT
WITH POWER FROM QUÉBEC,
WHICH IS MORE LIKELY
TO BE HYDRO POWER,
IT COULD BE A CLEANER, GREENER
FORM OF ENERGY FOR THE PROVINCE.

The caption changes to "Building to start in 2018."

Sarah says ITC NEEDS ONE MORE PERMIT,
BUT IT DOES LOOK LIKE
THE LAKE ERIE CONNECTOR PROJECT
IS GOING AHEAD.
THEY PLANT TO START BUILDING
IN 2018
WITH HOPES TO HAVE
THE TRANSMISSION LINE
UP AND RUNNING
BY LATE 2020.

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