TransCanada begins work on high-efficiency Napanee Generating Station.
Ontario’s plan to eliminate all coal-fired electricity by the end of this year is generating opportunities for Greater Napanee, where TransCanada is planning to build a new 900-megawatt power facility on the shores of Lake Ontario.
Dozens of residents attended the first public open house on the Napanee Generating Station on February 11, in order to learn more about the proposed facility, ask questions and provide input to TransCanada staff as the initial stages of planning and environmental assessment get underway.
“Listening to local residents is critical to our planning process because we want to make sure the studies we are conducting will address the issues that are important to the community,” says John Mikkelsen, TransCanada’s director of Eastern Canada power generation. “We put a lot of effort into gathering input from our stakeholders because we believe it results in better decision making and a more successful project for everyone.”
TransCanada has contracts with the Ontario Power Authority to build, own and operate the power plant to help meet future electricity demand in the province as Ontario moves to cut greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollution. The facility will be located next to Ontario Power Generation’s existing Lennox Generating Station and will produce enough power to supply more than 900,000 homes. Napanee Generating Station will be a combined-cycle plant that employs leading technology to ensure emissions, noise and other potential impacts are minimized. It is expected to operate on weekdays to meet Ontario’s higher daily demand during the work week. The facility will play an important role following the retirement of Ontario’s 6,000-megawatt coal-fired fleet and during planned retirements and refurbishment of nuclear facilities later this decade. It will also provide a reliable backstop to intermittent renewable energy systems such as wind and solar.
Construction of the $1.2-billion facility is expected to begin in late-2014, after TransCanada receives the necessary municipal and provincial permits. Construction will take about two years and provide an estimated 600 jobs for skilled tradespeople and economic spin-off for local suppliers and businesses. During the 30-year life of the facility, it is expected to provide approximately 25 careers for local operations staff, $1-million in annual municipal tax revenues and TransCanada’s ongoing support and involvement in the community.
“The site that has been selected for the Napanee Generating Station is ideal because it is on property that is already zoned for power generation, has excellent connection to Ontario’s transmission system, natural gas and water supplies, and good access by road and rail,” Mikkelsen said. “We have voluntarily chosen to complete a more comprehensive environmental assessment process than is required by the Ministry of Environment and will provide our draft Environmental Review Report for public review and comments later this year.”
The Napanee Generating Station will be an important addition to TransCanada’s energy portfolio, which includes natural gas-fired power plants, wind farms, solar and hydro generation and significant ownership of the Bruce Power nuclear facility. TransCanada owns or has interests in approximately 11,800 MW of power generation, enough to supply more than 11 million homes.
For more information and to provide input on the Napanee Generating Station, visit the project’s website at NapaneeGS.com.