Hydro Ottawa opens doors to its historic generating station

Public invited to visit heritage-designated facility on the Ottawa River

OTTAWA, June 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Energy Ottawa, a Hydro Ottawa subsidiary, is giving the public the unique opportunity to step inside Canada's oldest operating hydroelectric generating station as part of Doors Open Ottawa this weekend, June 7-8.

Hydro Ottawa is welcoming visitors to its Chaudière Falls Generating Station No. 2 for guided tours of the 123-year-old facility to discover how hydroelectricity was, and still is, produced. It will also be offering bucket rides in hydro trucks, as well as a barbecue lunch, to support its United Way Ottawa workplace campaign.

Quick Facts

  • Commissioned in 1891 and refurbished and fully automated in 2001, the No. 2 Generating Station it is Canada's oldest surviving hydroelectric station still in operation.
  • Doors Open Ottawa is a City of Ottawa initiative in which visitors are given the opportunity to explore some of the city's most prestigious buildings and facilities.
  • Hydro Ottawa has participated in Doors Open Ottawa since 2011.

Quotes

"This station has been integral to providing clean, reliable power to Ottawa and surrounding areas for generations. We're proud that more than 1,400 people visited last year to explore how hydroelectricity is produced, and we look forward to showcasing it to even more visitors this year."
  • Bryce Conrad, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hydro Ottawa

About Hydro Ottawa

Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. (Hydro Ottawa) owns and operates two subsidiary companies, Hydro Ottawa Limited and Energy Ottawa Inc. Hydro Ottawa Limited is the third-largest municipally owned electrical utility in Ontario serving more than 310,000 customers in the City of Ottawa and the Village of Casselman. Energy Ottawa Inc., Ottawa's largest producer of green power, generates renewable energy and provides commercial energy management services.

SOURCE Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc.

For further information:

Laura Lauzon
Supervisor, Media and Public Affairs
Hydro Ottawa
Tel: 613-738-5499 ext. 145
lauralauzon@hydroottawa.com