Wataynikaneyap Power is majority-owned by a partnership of 24 First Nations, in partnership with Fortis Inc. and other private investors, and regulated by the Ontario Energy Board. Wataynikaneyap Power will develop and operate the transmission facilities to connect 17 remote communities to the power grid and transition them away from diesel generation. The plan calls for a 1,800-kilometre transmission line broken into two phases: a 300-kilometre line to Pickle Lake ($200 million), and transmission lines to connect the communities north of Pickle Lake and Red Lake ($1.15 billion). On July 10, 2020 the project reached a key milestone, with the first structure erected in the Sioux Lookout area near Highway 516. Potential remote electrification is anticipated in 2022, with build-out to 2023.