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TORONTO, Oct 6 (Reuters)
An Ontario power plant dropped out of service on Monday, and the provincial
power generator was forced to import electricity despite cool temperatures.
The Web site of the Independent Electricity Market Operator showed Ontario
is importing about 16,000 megawatts of energy to make up for the loss of the
Market rules prevent the IMO from naming the plant until a day after it is
The IMO, which regulates the power supply and demand in Canada's richest and
most populous province, said the plant, which is capable of generating more
than 250 megawatts, shut down on Monday morning.
Electricity demand in Ontario is expected to peak at 19,332 megawatts on
Monday. While the province had capacity to generate about 31,564 megawatts
of electricity, about 40 percent of the capacity was out of service.
Ontario Power Generation, the provincially owned power producer, which
generates about three-quarters of Ontario's electricity, idled two nuclear
units at its Pickering complex last week for equipment repairs.
A nuclear reactor at OPG's Darlington complex was also idled late last week.