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Ontario biomass conversion plans progress

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Ontario biomass conversion plans progress
The proposed conversion of an Ontario coal-fired power plant to biomass has achieved a critical next step in project implementation — the province has directed the Ontario Power Authority to begin negotiations to purchase power generated at the plant.


September 15, 2010
By Biomass Magazine

Sept. 14, 2010, Atikokan, Ont. – The proposed conversion of an Ontario coal-fired power plant to biomass
has achieved a critical next step in project implementation — the province
has directed the Ontario Power Authority to begin negotiations to
purchase power generated at the plant.

The 211-megawatt (MW) Atikokan Generation Station, which is about 200
kilometers (125 miles) northwest of Thunder Bay, Ontario, will be the
first power station that Ontario Power Generation will convert to
biomass. The company owns three other coal-fired power plants in Canada,
and has previously announced plans to evaluate repowering all of them
with biomass by the end of 2014.

OPG Spokesman Ted Gruetzner said that although the order from the
province to the OPA to buy the biomass power is one important pillar to
the project, capital costs and availability of fuel are still being
evaluated.
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