Canadian Biomass Magazine

Atikokan’s biomass-fueled OPG station kept busy during August heat wave

September 23, 2021
By Canadian Biomass

North America’s largest biomass-fueled power plant came to the rescue during the summer, providing much-needed energy to communities whose power normally comes from the English River and Winnipeg River hydroelectric stations.

Ontario Power Generation’s Atikokan station, which is a wood pellet-fired plant, was in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week over a three-week period in late August to mid-September, picking up the slack from low water conditions and reduced power production at the English River and Winnipeg River facilities.

The Atikokan plant is used only when needed during electricity spikes along the Ontario grid. It can produce 205 megawatts to the grid, with power to homes, businesses and industry as needed.

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