Ontario Power to preserve one shut coal plant, but not another

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) said July 15 that it will continue to preserve the shut-down Lambton Generating Station (GS) for possible future conversion to another fuel besides coal, but that the company will no longer preserve and staff the also shut Nanticoke GS.

Both facilities stopped using coal in 2013 as part of the provincial government’s decision to end coal generation in Ontario – North America’s largest initiative to combat climate change.

Nanticoke will be closed safely, securely and in an environmentally responsible manner, the utility said. About 30 staff currently working at the site will be treated fairly, following the terms of existing union agreements. Approximately 25 staff will continue to work at OPG’s Lambton site near Sarnia.

“We are grateful to the communities surrounding Nanticoke for their years of support and engagement in our operations,” said Mike Martelli, Senior VP Hydro Thermal Operations.

OPG said it will continue to own both power plant sites, which remain valuable assets to the company and the province. OPG has qualified to participate in the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator‘s Large Renewable Procurement and intends to bid on solar projects at Nanticoke and Lambton.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.