TC Energy is proposing to develop an energy storage facility that would provide 1,000 megawatts of flexible, clean energy to Ontario’s electricity system using a process known as pumped storage.
Pumped hydro storage (pumped storage) involves pumping water from a low-lying reservoir during periods of low demand for electricity, typically at night, to a higher-elevation reservoir. When electricity demand is greater (and therefore electricity is more expensive), operators release water back to the lower reservoir through turbines that generate electricity (similar to hydropower from dams).
TC Energy is in the very early stages of introducing and developing this project. There are numerous levels of assessment and approvals required before this concept could become a reality. If developed, the proposed facility would be co-located on the existing Canadian Army’s 4th Canadian Division Training Centre, north of Meaford, Ontario. It will be designed to store emission-free energy and would provide that energy to Ontarians when they need it most.
TC Energy has been actively engaging with the local community since late 2019 to introduce the concept of a pumped storage project on the Meaford Tank Range and to receive your feedback, questions and concerns. We thank all of you who have engaged with us so far and welcome your continued input.
Today, we are providing an update on the status of the project and letting you know what comes next. While we are limited in our social interactions during COVID-19, we seek every opportunity to share information and to hear from you.
— TC Energy, Director Power Business Development, John Mikkelsen, P.Eng. M.A.Sc.
Read the Pumped Storage Project November 2020 Community Newsletter
Watch our video explaining pumped storage hydro power and how it can allow Ontario to get full value from its nuclear, wind and solar power.
Pumped storage hydro power represents nearly 95 per cent of global energy storage and there are 100 projects underway as more countries embrace this tried and true technology.
Above-ground rendering of the Proposed TC Energy Pumped Storage Project facility. Download high-resolution PDF.
Underground rendering of the Proposed TC Energy Pumped Storage Project facility. Download high-resolution PDF.
A new Regional Economic Study by ERM Consultants Canada Ltd., a third-party consultant with expertise in socio-economic assessment, shows the TC Energy Pumped Storage Project in southern Ontario would have meaningful economic benefits locally, regionally and provincially.
The Regional Study Area (RSA) area includes Bruce, Grey and Simcoe Counties in Southern Ontario.
View and download the ERM Regional Economic Study
TC Energy retained Navigant to perform an economic analysis of the proposed Pumped Storage Project with two focus areas:
The Navigant team completed a rigorous economic analysis and simulation of the Ontario electricity market, calculating the ratepayer and CO2 emissions impacts of the project by running simulations with and without the project.
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1,000 megawatts of clean energy
Reduce CO2 emissions by 500,000 tonnes/year
Investing in low-carbon, renewable energy
Communications and engagement with local communities and Indigenous group
Q2 2019to Q4 2020
TC Energy Feasibility Assessment
Department of National Defence (DND) Decision on Site Access
2021to Q4 2023
Environmental Assessment Process
Anticipated regulatory decisions and permitting process
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