Clean Energy Project In Lower Mattagami Creating 550 Local Jobs
McGuinty Government Supporting Northern Ontario's Largest Clean Energy Project
Northern Ontario's first major hydroelectric project in 40 years is making good progress and is now 20 per cent complete.
Just a year after construction started, there are more than 550 workers on site at the Lower Mattagami Hydroelectric Project, including 183 from First Nations. At its peak, the project will create up to 800 on-site jobs.
The project will nearly double the output of four existing hydro stations on the Mattagami River flowing into James Bay, bringing the total generation to 924 MW. This is enough clean electricity to power more than 300,000 homes, nearly double the size of Greater Sudbury.
Ontario is replacing dirty, coal-fired plants with cleaner sources of renewable energy like water, wind, solar and bio-energy. It's part of the McGuinty government's plan to keep costs down for families today, while building a clean, modern and reliable electricity system for tomorrow.
Ontario's Green Energy Act will create 50,000 clean energy jobs by the end of 2012. 13,000 jobs have already been created as a result of our plan.
- The Lower Mattagami project will see upgrades to four hydroelectric plants approximately 70 kilometres north of Kapuskasing. Generating units will be added at three stations (Little Long, Harmon and Kipling) and the station at Smoky Falls will be replaced.
- There are currently more than 150 waterpower facilities province-wide, with a total installed capacity of more than 8,100 megawatts, able to produce enough electricity each year to power more than three million Ontario homes.
- Moose Cree First Nation, as a partner of Ontario Power Generation, has the right to purchase up to a 25 per cent equity interest in the project.
- The Northern Ontario Energy Credit can help over half of all northern families manage the higher costs of heating their homes. The deadline to apply for 2010 is June 30, 2011.
- The Northern Industrial Electricity Rate Program can help companies directly reduce energy costs by two cents a kilowatt-hour.
“This project is providing good jobs for Northern Ontario families, including Aboriginal communities, while creating clean, reliable power for generations to come. With investments like the Lower Mattagami River Hydroelectric Project, Ontario is improving our electricity system while keeping costs down for families.”
“The Lower Mattagami project builds on Ontario Power Generation's strong history in the North. We're very pleased with the progress and we're especially proud that this project is creating hundreds of job opportunities and training for local First Nations communities.”
“The Amisk-oo-skow Agreement represents the new way in Ontario. It respects the role of Aboriginal people as stewards of our land and as partners in the wealth generated in its use. The Province of Ontario and Ontario Power Generation have shown respect and considerable foresight in making this relationship and project happen. We are very proud of our accomplishments and it is a model being followed throughout Canada. However, the agreement is not done the day it is signed. In fact, it is just the beginning. We must each stay vigilant and continue to work hard each and every day to make the relationship work, from the first person hired to the last person hired, to ensure that everyone's expectations are met through the Amisk-oo-skow Agreement. Only by our continued determination can we make it the success that it must be.”
Chief Norman Hardisty