Ontario’s Atikokan Generating Station Now Operating On Biomass

Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Atikokan Generating Station (GS) is now operating on biomass. Biomass is an emerging fuel source that is recognized as beneficial to climate change mitigation. The station is the largest power plant in North America fueled by 100 percent biomass. “The conversion of Atikokan will ensure a clean, reliable, sustainable and local […]

Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Atikokan Generating Station (GS) is now operating on biomass. Biomass is an emerging fuel source that is recognized as beneficial to climate change mitigation. The station is the largest power plant in North America fueled by 100 percent biomass.

“The conversion of Atikokan will ensure a clean, reliable, sustainable and local supply of electricity for the region,” said Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy. “I am very happy to see this facility playing an active role in helping us deliver on the commitments in our Long-Term Energy Plan.”

“Ontario is a leader in green energy production and technology and the conversion of the Atikokan Generating Station is a great example of innovative new opportunities available in Northern Ontario,” said Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan. “This facility will create and maintain well-paying jobs right here in our community and will contribute to Ontario’s clean energy strategy.”

“Northwestern Ontario is on the leading edge of some very exciting new mining and forestry developments and I am very pleased that our government is taking action to meet the future energy needs of our region,” said Michael Gravelle, MPP, Thunder Bay-Superior North. “This project is not only providing more clean power to Ontarians, it is creating promising new economic opportunities and sustainable jobs for Northwestern Ontario in the green energy and forestry industries.”

“Close to 100 percent of the electricity OPG produces is from sources that are virtually free of emissions that cause smog or contribute to climate change. Atikokan GS is a unique addition to our clean energy portfolio as it provides dispatchable, renewable energy that can be used when the power system needs it,” said OPG’s President and CEO, Tom Mitchell.

From Forest Business Network: http://www.forestbusinessnetwork.com/40537/atikokan-generating-station-operating-on-biomass/

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