New facility will provide clean, renewable energy
TORONTO, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and the Lac Seul
First Nation (LSFN) announced today that the 12.5 MW Lac Seul/Obishikokaang
Waasiganikewigamig station located near Ear Falls, Ontario is in commercial
operations. The project will operate as a partnership between LSFN and OPG.
"This is a proud day for my people, and myself. The partnership marks the
end of an era when our rights and our history were ignored and launches an era
where we're treated as equals," Chief Clifford Bull said. LSFN purchased a 25
per cent share of the project.
"Ontario has signalled its commitment to green Ontario's electricity
supply and create opportunities for people eager to participate in a green
economy," said George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and
"The experience behind the Lac Seul Generating Station is analogous to
our ambitions of eliminating coal and developing future partnerships between
First Nations and energy generators that are good for local communities, the
province, and the earth," he added.
John Murphy, OPG's Executive Vice-President Hydroelectric noted that,
"this project is the result of a lot of hard work by many people, both within
OPG and our contractors. It also starts a new era where these types of
projects and their proceeds are built with the interests of all parties in
Murphy also thanked the community for their support, noting "Ear Falls
Council and the community made an exceptional contribution in preliminary
discussions with the Lac Seul First Nation, and this continued during the
construction phase of the project."
The new station, adjacent to the Ear Falls Generating Station, has dual
names, one Ojibway, the other English. The Ojibway name is Obishikokaang
Waasiganikewigamig. The first part means White Pine Narrows - the original
Ojibway name of the area - and the second part means electricity generating
building. The English name is Lac Seul Generating Station.
Construction on the project began in January 2006. The plant is built
adjacent to Ear Falls Generating Station, an existing OPG facility. This new
plant will use water that has historically been spilled past the existing
station. This water will now be used to generate, clean, renewable energy. The
station will generate enough electricity to meet the annual needs of 5,000
homes. All future profits and risks will be shared by OPG and the First
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