Ontario expects to be free of coal-fired generation by end of 2013

Ontario government coal-fired generation Thunder Bay Atikokan Nanticoke 2013

The last of Ontario’s coal-fired power plants are scheduled to close by the end of 2013, a year earlier than the government originally planned.

According to the Toronto Star, the remaining operating units are four units at Ontario Power Generation (OPG)’s 2,760 MW Nanticoke Generating Station and two units at the Lambton plant. A coal-burning generator at the 211 MW Atikokan is being converted to burn biomass, and a project to convert a 300 MW coal plant at Thunder Bay was suspended in November 2012. OPG said it will continue exploring repowering options for Thunder Bay.

The Ontario government announced in 2010 that all coal-fired generation in the province would be shut down by Dec. 31, 2014.

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