New facility to create clean, renewable electricity to power 20,000
homes a year
OTTAWA, March 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Hydro Ottawa has been awarded a 40-year
contract to expand Chaudière Falls that will reduce greenhouse gas
emissions and provide clean electricity to Ontario for years to come.
The Power Purchase Agreement, administered by the Ontario Power
Authority (OPA), will result in the construction of a new 29-megawatt
(MW) facility - enough clean energy to power 20,000 homes for a year.
This will increase Hydro Ottawa's hydroelectric capacity to 58 MW.
Hydro Ottawa (under its subsidiary, Energy Ottawa) applied for the
contract under the OPA's Hydro Electric Standard Offer Program (HESOP)
Municipal Stream in November 2013. It plans to start construction in
The renewable power produced at the facility will feed into the
provincial grid and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 115,000
metric tons of CO2 per year.
Development of the new facility will create upwards of 150 high-quality
jobs in the construction industry.
Hydro Ottawa's renewable energy facilities include six hydroelectric
stations at Chaudière Falls and landfill gas-to-energy plants at the
Trail Road and Laflèche Landfills. Together, these facilities help to
reduce greenhouse gases by almost 300,000 metric tons of CO2 per year.
Hydro Ottawa is Ontario's largest municipally owned producer of green
"Waterpower is a vital component of Ontario's clean energy supply mix.
The Chaudière Falls facility will contribute to Ontario's clean, modern
and reliable electricity system while creating local jobs and
increasing revenue for Hydro Ottawa."
Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Energy
"Investing in clean, sustainable and innovative growth opportunities
with our customer top-of-mind is paramount for Hydro Ottawa. This
exciting expansion project will provide reliable, clean electricity for
the province for years to come while contributing to sustainable energy
production and job growth in Ottawa."
Bryce Conrad, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hydro Ottawa
"The growth of Chaudière Falls is an important development as it will
provide more clean power for today and for tomorrow. We are proud that
Ottawa is home to this historic and innovative facility."
Jim Watson, Mayor of 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.
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