As an electricity transmitter, FNEI is responsible for the transportation or delivery of electricity from Moosonee to the substations in the Communities of Attawapiskat, Fort Albany, and Kashechewan. Transmitters in Ontario do not buy or sell energy, but they do construct, operate, and maintain, the transmission systems that connect electricity generators and distributors throughout the province.
In FNEI’s case, the distributors are the Attawapiskat Power Corporation; Fort Albany Power Corporation; and Kashechewan Power Corporation.
The transmission system was designed to meet the needs of the three (3) Communities of Attawapiskat, Fort Albany, and Kashechewan, for a period of thirty (30) years. Once the transmission system upgrades were completed in 2009, it now has a capacity of 80mW.
As one of Ontario’s licensed transmitters, FNEI receives payments from the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), based on a rates application approved by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB). The rates application sets out FNEI’s revenue requirements based upon the estimated costs of operating the system. FNEI has no control over the revenues it receives. This revenue varies according to the amount of electricity transmitted in Ontario.