OPG spending $25M to retrofit century-old Ranney Falls hydro plant
The project will add new capacity to the Campbellford, Ont. power station that has been generating electricity since before the Great Depression
CAMPBELLFORD, Ont.—Ontario Power Generation is spending $25 million to upgrade a small hydroelectric plant on the Trent River just outside Campbellford, Ont.
The crown corporation plans to replace the smallest generator at Ranney Falls Generation Station with a modern 10 megawatt unit as well as construct a new spillway at the site, east of Peterborough, Ont.
The project is part of an OPG initiative to maximize electricity production at is “heritage” hydro plants. Ranney Falls was built in 1922 by the company’s predecessor, the Hydroelectric Power Commission of Ontario.
The investment is expected to more than double the station’s capacity and will create 70 jobs during construction.
The Ontario crown corporation expects to have the new generation unit up and running by 2020.