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Ontario Home to North America's Largest Biomass Power Plant

Written by; Chad Simco / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Sun Sep 14 2014

  


Located 8 kilometers north of Atikokan, and 190 kilometers west of Thunder Bay, the new Atikokan Generating Stationis now open and generating electricity to the Northwest region of Ontario, making it the largest biomass power plant in all of North America.

The Atikokan Generating Station, which was once a coal fired station owned and operated by Ontario Power Generation, is now employing over 70 full time workers,

Conversion of the generating station began in the summer of 2012 which included the construction of 2 silos and modifications to its boiler systems to facilitate the biomass. The construction project had employed over two hundred finely skilled tradesmen and technicians.

The newly converted plant, with a "coal free" energy mix, will lead to much cleaner air, a measurable reduction in harmful emissions, and an overall healthier environment.

The biomass materials used to fuel the Atikokan Generating Station is being gathered and processed in the province of Ontario. The Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has contractual agreements in place with 2 locally owned firms, Rentech and Resolute Forest Products Canada. Both companies will supply 45,000 metric tonnes of wood pellets yearly.

Biomass wood pellets are recognized as a sustainable fuel and very beneficial to climate change mitigation, as declared by the Pembina Institute in their Biomass Sustainability Analysis Report.

  

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