OPG celebrates first century of service at Healey Falls
CAMPBELLFORD, ON, Aug. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario's Minister of Energy joined community leaders and officials from Ontario Power Generation (OPG) at OPG's Healey Falls Generating Station to celebrate the station's first century of providing electricity to the people of Ontario.
"Hydroelectric power has long been a central pillar in Ontario's renewable electricity portfolio and will continue to play a crucial role in our energy mix. The 100-year milestone for the Healey Falls Generating Station is a testament to the contributions that clean, hydroelectric power has made and continues to make to our province," Chiarelli said.
Mike Martelli, OPG's Senior Vice President of Hydro Thermal Operations, noted that stations such as Healey Falls were "part of OPG's clean energy legacy. Through the hard work of our staff, and with strong community support, plants like Healey Falls have been providing emissions-free energy for 100 years. Recent improvements at the station ensure it will continue to do so for decades to come."
The generating station, located on the Trent River, began providing electricity to Ontario in 1913. In 2010 a fourth 6.4 MW unit was added to the station, increasing the station's capacity to just over 18 MW, or enough electricity to power about 18,000 homes. OPG owns and operates 65 hydroelectric stations across Ontario. More than half of these stations have provided clean renewable energy to Ontario for more than 80 years.
For more information on the Healey Falls Generation Station, please visit www.opg.com/power/hydro/evergreen_energy/healey_falls.asp.
SOURCE Ontario Power Generation Inc.
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