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Work underway on OPG’s Calabogie clean power project

Constructed in 1917, the five-megawatt Calabogie Generating Station was extensively damaged by a tornado in 2018

June 22, 2020  by CM Staff

OPG’s Calabogie Generating Station on the Madawaska River. PHOTO: Ontario Power Generation Inc.

RENFREW, Ont. — Work is underway on Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) new Calabogie Generating Station in eastern Ontario (near Ottawa).

The new facility, located along the Madawaska River, is expected to be completed by 2022 and will power about 10,000 homes with hydroelectricity.

“We’re excited to rebuild one of our oldest generating stations, especially during these unprecedented times,” said Mike Martelli, OPG’s president of renewable generation, in a prepared statement. “Many options were considered over the years, including retrofitting the existing century-old powerhouse, but a complete redevelopment was determined to be the best option and we’re proud to bring more clean energy to Ontario’s grid.”

Constructed in 1917, the five-megawatt Calabogie Generating Station was extensively damaged by a tornado in 2018. The new facility will replace the original, century-old powerhouse with a new, higher capacity powerhouse that will double its capacity for hydro generation from five to approximately 10 MW.

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OPG is investing over $100 million to redevelop the site.

Throughout the planning and execution phases, OPG has consulted with Indigenous communities, including the Algonquins of Ontario, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, and four Williams Treaties First Nations – Alderville First Nation, Curve Lake First Nation, Hiawatha First Nation and Scugog Island First Nation.