Conversion of Atikokan coal plant underway
Ontario is taking the next step in eliminating coal-fired power generation. On Tuesday, the Atikokan Generating Station burned its last piece of coal, helping ensure cleaner air and a healthier future for families.
Conversion of the Atikokan plant from coal to biomass is now underway.
The project will also create new economic opportunities for Ontario’s forestry sector, which will provide the biomass fuel to the plant.
The converted plant will be able to deliver more than 200 megawatts of clean, renewable power by the end of 2014.
Building a clean energy system that supports healthier families, a healthier environment and a healthier economy is part of the McGuinty government’s plan to create and support jobs for Ontario families while ensuring we have the electricity we need to power our homes, schools, hospitals and our economy.
The province has now shut down 11 of its 19 coal units and cut the use of coal by nearly 90 percent since 2003.