More Clean Energy Being Produced in Ontario
May 12, 2010 - energycentral.com
Two facilities that turn waste into emissions-free electricity became the
first larger-scale projects under Ontario's Feed-in Tariff program to supply
power to Ontario's electricity system today.
"These projects symbolize what can be accomplished when governments
and individuals work together on a shared vision for a better future," said
Minister of Energy and Infrastructure Brad Duguid. "We look forward to
seeing more of these projects, which will clean up our air, create jobs and
make Ontario a destination of choice for renewable energy development."
The two projects are located in eastern Ontario. One is a 6.4- megawatt (MW)
landfill gas facility in Ottawa. The other is a 500- kilowatt biogas facility
located on a dairy farm in Seeley's Bay, about 35 kilometres from Kingston.
"This is a significant milestone for the FIT program and another major
step in our strategy to create a clean, reliable electricity system," said
Colin Andersen Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Power Authority.
In March and April, the Ontario Power Authority announced contracts for 694
mid and large-size FIT projects, which could generate more than 2,500 megawatts
- enough electricity to power 600,000 homes. The operating dates for these
projects vary but most of them will be generating electricity within three
years. Approximately 200 projects are expected to be in service within a year.
The state-of-the-art landfill gas to energy facility is owned and operated
by Waste Management of Canada Corporation. The facility will collect landfill
gas and convert it into green, renewable energy. The facility will be able
to generate over six megawatts of electricity, enough energy to power 6,000
homes for a year.
"This landfill gas-to-energy facility is a win-win project for the community
and Waste Management's landfill," says Remi Godin, market area gas operations
manager for Eastern Canada. "The community benefits from the environmental
benefits, and Waste Management will be able to turn a once-wasted commodity
into a valuable energy resource."
Ledgecroft Farms is a family dairy farm that has been operating for over 30
years. The biogas facility will process the manure from the farm's 500 Holstein
cows and use it to generate clean electricity. The facility will generate 500
kilowatts of electricity, enough to power 400 homes.
Ontario's Feed-In Tariff program has allowed Ledgecroft Farms to complement
its dairy business with a clean, renewable energy project. "There are
no two systems more compatible than a dairy farm and biogas system," said
Jennifer Green, part owner of Ledgecroft Farms. "The inputs of one become
a fuel source for the other which in turn provides immeasurable environmental
benefits and improvements to our land, water and air. We are excited to be
on the leading edge of Ontario's green energy movement."
Since 2003, about 1,300 MW of renewable generation has come online in Ontario.
This generation will produce enough electricity to power more than 300,000
homes - or a city the size of Windsor. Ontario is Canada's leader in wind power
and solar photovoltaic capacity. The province is home to both Canada's largest
wind and solar farms.
The Ontario Power Authority is responsible for ensuring a reliable, sustainable
supply of electricity for Ontario. Its four key areas of focus are: planning
the power system for the long term, leading and co-ordinating conservation
initiatives across the province, ensuring development of needed generation
resources, and supporting the continued evolution of the electricity sector.
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