TransCanada flicks the switch on Ontario town’s Big Bright Light Show for the holidays.
TransCanada is part of history in the making in Napanee, Ontario as title sponsor of the town’s first-ever Big Bright Light Show this holiday season. The event kicked off on Nov. 22 with more than 1,000 community members gathering downtown to see the powering up of 170,000 energy-efficient LED holiday lights strung from the rooftops of local businesses. The seasonal display will be up until the end of January 2013.
“We are proud to be part of the community, creating new holiday traditions and I would like to thank Greater Napanee for this wonderful opportunity to support the Big Bright Lights Show in its inaugural year,” says Terry Bennett, TransCanada’s Vice-President, Power Development.
Many people don’t know TransCanada very well in the region, but we’re there every day, generating the electricity and providing the energy that is essential to heat homes, fuel businesses and keep the lights on in Ontario and across Canada. We’re also about to have a larger presence in the Napanee area, after reaching an agreement with the Ontario Power Authority to develop the new 900 megawatt (MW) Napanee Generating Station. The natural gas-fired facility will have the capacity to generate power for more than 900,000 homes and is part of the provincial government’s initiative to phase out coal fired power plants.
For TransCanada employees in the region, being a responsible leader in energy generation also means being a responsible leader in our business practices and in the community. This is one reason the partnership with the Big Bright Light Show is so important.
“Our values demonstrate who we are – everyday. By participating in uniting everyone with the warmth and lights of the holiday season with this great new initiative, we show our commitment to community values of collaboration, innovation, integrity and responsibility with our Napanee community partners,” Bennett adds. “This commitment is not only for this year but for many years to come.”
TransCanada’s employees aim to build healthy, safe and vibrant communities where they live and work, and our team is looking forward to expanding our contribution of clean, safe and reliable power to Ontario. We are Ontario’s largest private-sector power generator.
We currently operate the 683 MW Halton Hills Generating Station in Ontario, have a 50 per cent ownership in the 550 MW Portlands Energy Centre on the Toronto waterfront and are acquiring nine Ontario solar plants that would produce 86 MW of renewable energy.
We also own a large portion of the Bruce Power nuclear facility, 49 per cent of Bruce A and 32 per cent of Bruce B, which are capable of producing 6,200 MW of emissions-free electricity.