North Bay Power Plant optimizes performance and reduces emissions

    Incentives from Union Gas help EPCOR Power L.P. plant to improve energy
    efficiency and lower operating costs

    NORTH BAY, ON, Aug. 18 /CNW/ - The EPCOR Power L.P. (EPLP) Power Plant in
North Bay is receiving $65,000 in incentives under the Union Gas EnerSmart
program for actions the company has taken to reduce energy consumption and
lighten the plant's environmental footprint.
    The North Bay Power Plant has conducted major overhauls to its gas and
power turbines used to generate electricity over the past year, improving
energy efficiency by 3.5 per cent -- a savings of approximately 2.1 million
cubic metres of natural gas. At todays market prices that amounts to $275,000
in savings annually. Improvements were also made to the plant's steam traps,
which will save about 21.6 million pounds of steam each year.
    "These projects have resulted in significant performance improvements at
the North Bay Power Plant, increasing power generation while using less fuel,"
said plant manager, Sean Gillespie. "The incentive funding provided through
the Union Gas EnerSmart program has helped us to achieve substantial
environmental and economic benefits."
    "Environmental stewardship is a core business value for Union Gas and we
are committed to helping our business customers make smart investments in
energy-efficient equipment and technologies," said Mel Ydreos, vice-president
marketing and customer care, Union Gas. "These investments can not only boost
the bottom line, they also help the environment."
    The Union Gas EnerSmart program offers incentives to its commercial and
industrial customers to implement projects that will use natural gas more
efficiently and lower operating costs. Incentives are also available to large
industrial customers for gas/power turbine overhauls and energy audits.

    About EPCOR Power L.P.

    Established in 1997, EPCOR Power L.P. is a limited partnership organized
under the laws of the Province of Ontario. The Partnership's portfolio
consists of 19 wholly-owned power generation assets located in Canada and the
United States, a 50.15 per cent interest in a power generation asset in
Washington State, and an overall 15.4 per cent equity interest in Primary
Energy Recycling Holdings LLC (PERH). The Partnership's assets have a total
net generating capacity of 1,400 megawatts and more than four million pounds
per hour of thermal energy. PERH wholly owns four recycled energy assets in
the United States with an aggregate generation capacity of 283 megawatts and
nearly two million pounds per hour of thermal energy, and has a 50 per cent
interest in a pulverized coal facility. EPCOR USA Ventures LLC, formerly
Primary Energy Ventures LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Partnership,
manages and operates these facilities for PERH. For more information on the
Partnership, please visit:

    About Union Gas Limited

    Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission
and distribution company based in Ontario with nearly 100 years of experience
and service to customers. The distribution business serves 1.3 million
residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities
across northern, southwestern and eastern Ontario. Union Gas's growing storage
and transmission business offers premium storage and transportation services
to customers at the Dawn Hub, the largest underground storage facility in
Canada and one of the largest in North America. It offers customers an
important link in the movement of natural gas from Western Canadian and U.S.
supply basins to markets in central Canada and the northeast U.S. A Spectra
Energy company, Union Gas has assets of $4 billion and approximately 2,200
employees. Visit for more information.

For further information:

For further information: Lori Wilson, Manager, Public Consultation,
Capital Power Corporation, Ph: (519) 440-1404, Fax: (416) 773-7470, E-mail:; Andrea Stass, Manager, Public Affairs and Media
Relations Union Gas Limited, Ph: (519) 436-5490 or 1-800-571-8446 ext. 5490,
Cell: (519) 365-1010, Fax: (519) 436-4621, E-mail:

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