FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION, ONT. — The energization of Kingfisher Lake First Nation, a remote northern Ontario community, has been connected to the provincial power grid, Wataynikaneyap Power announced recently.
Upon grid connection and onto a reliable power source, the community turned off its diesel generators which had previously provided primary power to the remote community, states a release, adding the Wataynikaneyap Power transmission system connects the Kingfisher Lake community distribution system to the Ontario grid through a total of 250 kilometres of line and two substations, originating from its Pickle Lake Substation.
Kingfisher Lake will continue to be served by Hydro One Remotes Communities Inc. for the local distribution of electricity.
By connecting to the grid the future power needs of the community will be met, including a new subdivision and a new school opening in fall 2023.
Kingfisher Lake became the third First Nation connected to the provincial power grid through the Wataynikaneyap Power transmission line infrastructure project. The Ontario government is supporting the construction of the project through a loan of up to $1.34 billion for construction costs.
The 1,800-kilometre line will ultimately connect 17 remote First Nations to the Ontario power grid. Wataynikaneyap Power, in partnership with Fortis Inc. and other private investors, are making the “line that brings light,” a $1.9 billion dollar infrastructure project, a reality for remote, northern Ontario First Nations, states the release.