Coal-fired power plant in Ontario being converted to biomass

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is now in the process of converting the 211 MW coal-fired Atikokan Generating Station in northwestern Ontario to biomass. On Sept. 11 the plant burned its last piece of coal, according to the Ontario Ministry of Energy.

The project includes plant modifications to provide peak capacity, along with the construction of a fuel storage and handling system that can handle up to 90,000 tons of biomass annually.

The new biomass plant is expected to generate more than 200 MW when completed in 2014.

Since 2003, Ontario has shut down 11 of its 19 coal-fired units.

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