Ontario’s New 8 MW Hydro Station Powers 4,000 Homes

The Glen Miller Hydro Electric Station near Trenton, Ontario, is an eight megawatt (MW), $21 million hydro project on the Trent River that will generate enough electricity to power up to 4,000 homes. It marks the first new hydro power station, and the fifth new renewable energy project, to open in the last year as a result of the Canadian government’s renewable energy RFP process.

The Glen Miller Hydro Electric Station is one of the 19 new, renewable energy projects contracted to date within the province. Combined, these projects will help Ontario reach its goal of generating five percent of its electricity capacity through renewable generation by 2007, and ten percent by 2010. “I want to congratulate the government for its continuing efforts to support the hydro power sector,” said Paul Norris, President, Ontario Water Power Association. “Hydropower has been and continues to be a key component of Ontario’s generation mix.” Project developer Michel Letellier, executive vice president, Innergex, said, “We support the Ontario Government’s initiative to execute long-term contracts with independent power producers. It enables us to invest in sustainable development in the province.” “We are proud that since 2003 we have significantly increased the amount of renewable energy generation and brought an estimated $3 billion in new investment to Ontario,” said Energy Minister Donna Cansfield. “This is another example of a clean power project that will help make renewable energy a key part of Ontario’s future energy supply mix. All Ontarians will benefit as we increase our renewable generation supply.” The McGuinty government is delivering on its plan to ensure safe, clean, reliable, and affordable power for the future. In review, Erie Shores Wind Project (99 megawatts) opened on April 13, 2006, Kingsbridge I Wind Project (40 megawatt) opened on April 6, 2006, Melancthon Grey Wind Project (67.5 megawatts) became commercially operational on March 4, 2006 and Eastview Land Fill Gas Project (2.5 megawatts) began operations on August 18, 2005.
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