The Government of Ontario announced support for Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) approximately $1 billion investment to refurbish eight hydroelectric generating stations in Eastern Ontario. This infrastructure program would secure 1,617 megawatts (MW) of clean electricity generation, equivalent to powering 1.6 million homes, helping to meet increasing demand from electrification and fueling the province’s growth.

“Hydroelectric generating stations in Eastern Ontario have been providing the province with clean electricity for a century, and with today’s investment, we’re extending the life of these eight stations for decades more to help Ontario meet its growing electricity needs,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Energy and Electrification. “This investment and expansion – part of our Powering Ontario’s Growth plan – will create 500 new good-paying jobs and ensure families in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario have access to affordable power now and into the future. Our government will continue to support affordable energy expansion, while continuing to oppose the regressive federal carbon tax.”

Through this investment OPG will refurbish 45 units at eight generating stations: the Arnprior, Barrett Chute, Mountain Chute, Stewartville, Chats Falls, Chenaux, Des Joachims, and Otto Holden stations. The work includes major rehabilitation of generating equipment to increase production. Once completed, the stations are expected to produce up to 100 gigawatt hours of additional clean electricity each year, equivalent to powering over 11,000 homes.

The work will create more than 500 highly skilled and well-paid jobs across Eastern Ontario. Along with OPG’s recent investment of more than $600 million to refurbish the R.H. Saunders Generating Station, Ontario is investing close to $1.6 billion in Eastern Ontario hydroelectricity refurbishments to secure up to 2,673 MW of clean electricity.

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“The beauty of renewable hydro power is its durability and flexibility. It also plays a valuable role ensuring grid reliability,” said Heather Ferguson, SVP of Business Development and Corporate Affairs at Ontario Power Generation. “This significant investment will enhance efficiencies, create hundreds of skilled jobs in Eastern Ontario, and ensure our stations meet energy demands for decades to come.”

“This critical investment in our people and communities will bring good-paying jobs to the Ottawa region while ensuring the hydro stations’ legacy of supplying clean power for another 30 years,” said Goldie Ghamari, MPP Carleton. “These refurbishments will help secure clean, green power we need to fuel our growing economy and support the hardworking families of this region.”

Featured image: Chats Falls Generating Station. (OPG)

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