Campbell Company of Canada gets power boost from Toronto Hydro

Utility helps iconic soup maker develop an on-site Combined Heat and Power plant

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TORONTO, March 31, 2016 /CNW/ - Toronto Hydro and Campbell Company of Canada have unveiled a hot new power project at the Campbell Canada Toronto location.

Capable of producing enough energy to power the facility, the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) project came together as a result of Campbell Canada's push towards energy efficiency and sustainability, and was made a reality when Toronto Hydro helped arrange incentive funding through the saveONenergyOM program.

CHP is a technology that uses a natural gas fueled engine to generate electricity and produce heat. The heat produced from the engine generates steam, which is used by Campbell Canada to cook soup. The CHP plant now supplies up to 93% of the company's annual steam requirements. The power is used entirely within the Campbell Canada facility, displacing electricity which was previously supplied from the electricity grid.

In 2010, Campbell Canada set an aggressive goal to cut its environmental footprint in half by 2020 and the company is well on track thanks to projects like the CHP plant. This project allows Campbell Canada to save on electricity costs, has environmental benefits and provides reliable emergency back-up power, ensuring soup production is never impacted.  

Toronto Hydro supports CHP as it helps reduce demand on the electricity system at a time when the city is growing at an unprecedented rate.

Campbell has also embarked on other significant energy-efficiency projects, including a $100,000 compressed air upgrade, a major LED lighting retrofit, the introduction of sensors, and more.


  • The CHP plant consists of a 4.6MW Combustion Gas Turbine Generator and a Heat Recovery Steam Generator that produces 90,000 lb/hr of steam
  • The project took two years to complete
  • Campbell Canada's 60 Birmingham Street location is the company's only North American site to have this technology
  • The CHP project provides 95% of Campbell Canada's electricity needs, with the remaining coming from the Toronto Hydro grid
  • The project is the first to be completed in Toronto using the saveONenergyOM incentive program
  • Toronto Hydro was able to arrange $5 million in incentive funding, which amounted to approximately 40% of the project


"Toronto Hydro is committed to helping businesses manage energy costs and keeping businesses in Toronto. CHP is not for everyone, but under the right circumstances, it can be a great option for both cost savings and electricity conservation."

-       Anthony Haines, President and CEO, Toronto Hydro

"For more than 25 years, Campbell Canada has implemented energy conservation programs at our Toronto plant. CHP technology is the next step in becoming an even more energy-efficient and sustainable company."

-       Ana Dominguez, President, Campbell Company of Canada

"I'd like to applaud Campbell Canada for recognizing the smart, long-term benefits their CHP facility will bring to their business. This CHP facility will help Campbell's Toronto plant save on their electricity costs, gain a reliable onsite source of back-up generation and reduce demand on the local grid.  From a business perspective, it just makes sense – saving energy means saving money and keeping good jobs in Ontario."

-       Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy


Campbell Company of Canada has installed a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) project at its production facility in Etobicoke.

What is CHP?

CHP projects are sometimes referred to as "co-generation" projects as they provide an on-site source of energy independent of the electricity grid.

The CHP project at Campbell Canada's site uses a natural gas turbine to drive a generator, which produces electricity. The hot combustion gas is then delivered to a secondary system which is integral to the CHP plant. Hot exhaust air produced by the turbine is then delivered to a heat recovery steam generator, which uses the heat energy to produce steam at a pressure which is suitable for Campbell Canada's needs. The power output of the generator is 4.6MW, and the steam – which is used for cooking the manufactured soup product – is generated at a rate of up to 90,000 lb/hour, at 165 psi.

The Campbell Canada facility remains connected to Toronto's electricity grid and Toronto Hydro will continue to supply a small amount of electricity on a daily basis, as well as full power when necessary.  Staying connected to the grid is essential, as it allows Campbell Canada to draw electricity when the CHP turbine is not running; this makes for easy repairs and does not disrupt soup production.

Total Costs

The cost of the CHP project was $12 million.  Making the project attractive was $5 million in incentives made possible by Toronto Hydro through the saveONenergyOM program.  Factoring in the incentives, the project had a net cost of $7 million.

CHP requirements

Those customers who might find CHP to be an attractive capital investment opportunity all share the following characteristics:

  • They draw power from the electricity grid of at least 500 kW each month
  • They have a year-round need for hot water or steam
  • They operate their facility for at least 6,000 hours a year

CHP is applicable to the manufacturing, commercial, and institutional business sectors.


Toronto Hydro owns and operates an electricity distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately 756,000 customers located in the city of Toronto. It is the largest municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes approximately 19% of the electricity consumed in the province of Ontario. A leader in conservation, Toronto Hydro supports the province's Conservation First energy strategy, actively promoting conservation by offering its customers expert advice, programs and incentives.

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Campbell Company of Canada is driven and inspired by its Purpose, "Real food that matters for life's moments".  The Company makes a range of products from high-quality soups and simple meals to snacks and healthy beverages. For over 85 years in Canada, people have trusted Campbell to provide authentic, flavorful and readily available foods and beverages that connect them to each other, to warm memories, and to what's important today. Led by its iconic Campbell's brand, the company's portfolio includes Pepperidge Farm, Goldfish, V8, Prego, Pace and Plum Organics. For the foodservice industry, Campbell's markets frozen soups and healthcare products such as Campbell's Verve and Eating Smart Soups. Based in Etobicoke, Ontario, the Canadian operation is a strong supporter of local non-profit and charitable organizations and is one of the largest contributors to Food Banks across Canada. For more information on how Campbell Canada helps communities and the environment visit

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Image with caption: "This Combined Heat and Power plant at Campbell Canada’s Toronto location took two years to complete. (CNW Group/Toronto Hydro Corporation)". Image available at:

Image with caption: "Campbell Company of Canada President Ana Dominguez, Toronto Hydro President and CEO Anthony Haines, Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli and MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore Peter Milczyn cut a ribbon at the unveiling of a Combined Heat and Power plant at the Campbell Canada Etobicoke facility. (CNW Group/Toronto Hydro Corporation)". Image available at:

For further information: TORONTO HYDRO: Tori Gass, Communications and Public Relations, 416-903-4037,; 24-hours media line: 416-903-6845,; CAMPBELL COMPANY OF CANADA: Alexandra Sockett, Communications Manager, 416-251-1131 x8417, 647-519-3687,


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