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$800M for cogeneration


October 23, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The Ontario Power Authority has signed contracts with seven high-efficiency cogeneration projects across Ontario.

The Ontario Power Authority has signed contracts with seven high-efficiency cogeneration projects across Ontario.

The contracts are the culmination of the first phase of a competitive 1,000MW procurement process the first of its kind in Canada, designed to take advantage of situations where larger industries or groups of users require both electricity and thermal energy for industrial use, heating or cooling.

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The projects additionally represent a total capital investment of roughly $800 million and range in size from a 2MW district energy project in Oshawa to a 236MW industrial application in Thorold.

“Developing more distributed energy such as these cogeneration projects is key to having a balanced, reliable and secure electricity system for Ontario,” Energy Minister Dwight Duncan said of the investment.

“The projects are diverse in type and location, providing electricity and efficient thermal energy to Ontario industry and communities,” said Paul Bradley, OPA vice president of electricity resources. “They represent the high efficiency we should be striving for in Ontario’s future power projects.”


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