Under the advisement of the
Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), Hydro One is undertaking a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) to construct a new Transformer Station (TS), which will also include new 230 kV switching equipment, in the Town of Lakeshore.
The new Lakeshore TS is needed to meet the immediate electricity needs of Essex County, and this project will help in meeting the growing demand. The switching facilities and transformers will increase the capability of the existing 230kV transmission system.
Class Environmental Assessment (EA)
The Lakeshore Transmission Stations Project was subject to the
Class Environmental Assessment for Minor Transmission Facilities (Hydro One, 2016), in accordance with the
Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. In 2019, Hydro One held two Community Information Centres (CICs) to provide the public with information on the project, including the Class EA process, study area, and the various alternatives for the new transformer stations. Based on research and consultation conducted to date, the preferred alternative for the project has been selected, which consists of a high-voltage switching station (SS) and a separate transformer station (TS). The maps below show the preferred alternative and conceptual site layout plan for the project.
Consultation with elected officials, municipal representatives, government agencies, Indigenous communities, interest groups and the public is an important part of the Class EA process. As a part of the consultation process, the draft ESR was available for a 30-day review and comment period. Details of the review process were communicated through various channels, including local
newspaper ads, this project website, and via
notifications to project stakeholders. The Final Environmental Study Report for the project is now available below.
Download the Final ESR
Download the Final ESR
Public Consultation Events
Hydro One hosted Community Information Centre meetings in June and October 2019 where members of the public were invited to learn more about the Lakeshore Transmission Stations Project. Members of our project team were available at the meetings to provide information, answer any questions and take feedback. View informational panels and maps presented at the meetings below.