New Northern Ontario Hydroelectric Project Creating Jobs
Province Building Long-Term Equity Partnership with First Nations
Ontario is creating up to 100 new construction jobs in Northern Ontario while renewing its commitment to clean, renewable electricity with the New Post Creek hydroelectric project.
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and its partner, Coral Rapids Power, a wholly owned company of the Taykwa Tagamou Nation (TTN), are moving forward to develop approximately 25 megawatts (MW) of renewable hydroelectric power through the construction of a generating station on New Post Creek near its outlet to the Abitibi River.
The New Post Creek project builds on the expertise and capacity developed in recent Northern Ontario hydroelectric projects, such as the Lower Mattagami project. The new project will include construction of a generating station, a dam and powerhouse. Associated activities will include improvements to existing access roads, establishment of a construction site and installation of a transmission line.
This project supports Ontario's goal to facilitate the participation of First Nation and Métis communities in renewable energy and transmission projects while building strong communities, powered by clean, reliable energy.
- Construction of the New Post Creek generating station will begin in 2014 and is expected to be in service by 2017.
- Construction of the Lower Mattagami project started in 2010 and will add about 440 MW of clean electricity generating capacity to Ontario’s energy grid, while providing $2.6 billion of investment in the North.
- OPG operates 13 generating stations in Northeastern Ontario with a capacity of over 1,000 MW of clean, renewable hydroelectric power. Altogether, Ontario has nearly 8,200 MW of installed waterpower.
- Over the past 10 years, Ontario has brought more than 3,300 MW of renewable energy online — enough to power 900,000 homes each year.
- Ontario is committed to working with Aboriginal partners to ensure they are able to benefit from and participate in resource development opportunities across the province.
“Hydroelectric power has long been a central pillar in the government's renewable electricity portfolio and will continue to play a crucial role in our energy mix. This partnership also offers a natural transition for the First Nations workforce in the region as they continue to develop expertise in hydro development in the province.”
“OPG is proud of the commercial partnership we have built with TTN and other Ontario First Nations. We are one step closer to seeing our partnership create substantial benefits for TTN’s community and this region, including education and training, jobs, economic investment and an additional 25 MW of clean, renewable hydropower”
“This important partnership between Coral Rapids Power & Ontario Power Generation will provide Taykwa Tagamou Nation with a long-term investment opportunity for a sustainable economic base for the community. We look forward to working with the Ministry of Energy & OPG on the New Post Creek Project, which will also provide benefits to the surrounding municipalities with economic development opportunities and creating employment.”
Chief Linda Job