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article imageOntario funds new study on waterpower potential Special

By Tim Sandle     Sep 8, 2013 in Environment
The Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) has announce that it will undertake an analysis and evaluation of waterpower potential in Northern Ontario. This is part of the Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP) and Aboriginal community-led economic development.
Hydroelectric power is to set to continue to play a crucial role within Ontario's energy supply, as part of its Hydroelectric Contract Initiatives (HCI). As Digital Journal reported earlier this year, Bracebridge Generation and the Ontario Waterpower Association recently completed a green energy transformation of Muskoka, providing water-powered electricity to the area. This included upgrades to the Wilson’s Falls Generating Station and the Bracebridge Falls Generating Station. These types of initiatives are set continue, the Digital Journal was informed, with a new tranche of funding announced.
The new study will involve the development of an inventory of waterpower potential across all drainage basins of Northern Ontario. For the study, the company Hatch has been commissioned to undertake the survey and to be involved with the project work. Hatch has previously worked on similar hydro projects in Manitoba and Quebec.
Some of the aims include the expansion in the northeast to support long-term provincial energy requirements, linking diesel-dependent Far North communities and opportunities in reasonable proximity to the Ring of Fire area, which contains significant mineral resources.
Commenting on the new initiative, OWA president Paul Norris said: "Ontario has significant untapped waterpower potential in the north and several First Nation communities have expressed an interest in moving projects forward. I look forward to the results and supporting the sustainable development of potential new initiatives."
The OWA went onto say that as part of the province's commitment to increase Ontario's supply of clean, renewable generation; upgrades and re-developments of existing hydroelectric generation facilities in Ontario are a key priority.
The Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) was founded in 2001. According to its mission statement, this is "to represent the common and collective interests of the province's original green energy sector."
The new initiative has been made possible through funding and support provided by the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ontario Power Authority.
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