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Encyclopedia > Ontario Power Generation
Ontario Power Generation
Type Public
Founded Toronto, Ontario (1999)
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Key people James Hankinson - President & CEO; Jake Epp - Chair
Industry Electricity generation
Products Electricity
Revenue N/A CAN
Employees 11,400 (2006)
Website Ontario Power Generation - Corporate Website

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is a public company whose shares are wholly owned by the Government of Ontario. It is responsible for approximately 70% of the electricity generation in the province of Ontario, Canada. Image File history File links Ontario_Power_Generation_Logo. ... A public company is a company owned by the public rather than by relatively few individuals. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Official languages None Flower White Trillium Tree Eastern White Pine Bird Common Loon Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seats  - Senate seats 106 24 Area Total... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Official languages None Flower White Trillium Tree Eastern White Pine Bird Common Loon Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seats  - Senate seats 106 24 Area Total... Electricity generation is the first process in the delivery of electricity to consumers. ... Lightning strikes during a night-time thunderstorm. ... Revenue is a U.S. business term for the amount of money that a company earns from its activities in a given period, mostly from sales of products and/or services to customers. ... Image File history File links Green_Arrow_Up. ... ISO 4217 Code CAD User(s) Canada Inflation 2. ... Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, typically common to a particular domain name or subdomain on the World Wide Web on the Internet. ... The Province of Ontario is governed by a unicameral legislature, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, which operates in the Westminster system of government. ... Electricity generation is the first process in the delivery of electricity to consumers. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Official languages None Flower White Trillium Tree Eastern White Pine Bird Common Loon Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seats  - Senate seats 106 24 Area Total...


OPG was established in April 1999 under the provincial government of premier Mike Harris as a precursor to deregulation of the province's electricity market. As part of government plans to privatize the assets of Ontario Hydro, the utility was split into 5 separate corporations. OPG was created as the operator of all of Ontario Hydro's electricity generating stations. Although Ontario has an open electricity market, the provincial government, as OPG's sole shareholder, regulates the price the company receives for its electricity to be less than the market average, in an attempt to stabilize prices. 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Michael Deane Harris (born January 23, 1945, in Toronto, Ontario) was the twenty-second Premier of Ontario from June 26, 1995 to April 15, 2002. ... Deregulation is the process by which governments remove restrictions on business in order to (in theory) encourage the efficient operation of markets. ... Privatization (sometimes privatisation, denationalization, or, especially in India, disinvestment) is the process of transferring property, from public ownership to private ownership and/or transferring the management of a service or activity from the government to the private sector. ... The Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario was established in 1906 by the provincial Power Commission Act to build transmission lines to supply municipal utilities with electricity generated by private companies already operating at Niagara Falls. ...


OPG's portfolio consists of more than 22,000 megawatts of electricity generating capacity. The company owns and operates 3 nuclear stations, 5 fossil generating stations, 64 hydroelectric and 3 wind generating stations.


OPG is Canada's largest owner of nuclear power plants with responsibility for operating the Pickering A, Pickering B and Darlington nuclear generating stations. OPG also owns the Bruce A and Bruce B nuclear stations. The Bruce A and Bruce B stations are currently on a long term lease to Bruce Power since May 2001. The lease is set to expire in 2018 but can be extended for an additional 25 years. Pickering Nuclear Generating Station is a Canadian nuclear power station located in Pickering, Ontario. ... Pickering Nuclear Generating Station is a Canadian nuclear power station located in Pickering, Ontario. ... Darlington Nuclear Generating Station is a Canadian electrical generating station located in Bowmanville, Ontario. ... Bruce Power Inc. ...


OPG has attracted considerable controversy for its continued operation of some of Canada's worst individual air pollution sources in its coal fired generating stations. Nanticoke GS is North America's largest coal fired generating station and the single worst air pollution source for southern Ontario and northern New York state, attracting considerable criticism from environmentalists and legislators in both jurisdictions. [1] OPG's Lambton Generating Station is the second worst air polluter in the province. However, these stations generate considerably less pollution than the collective smog produced by cars and trucks in the Golden Horseshoe. OPG argues that because Nanticoke houses a massive 3,900 MW of generation capacity in one site, it produces "the most pollution in one site" despite being a reasonably clean plant per MW of power. World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... NY redirects here. ...

OPG's head office in downtown Toronto
OPG's head office in downtown Toronto

OPG endured significant criticism concerning the slow return to operation of some of its nuclear generating stations which had been knocked offline by the August 14, 2003 blackout. The problem was that all but one of the reactors were tripped and allowed to poison out, preventing an early reconnection to the electricity grid. Once shut down, all nuclear reactors take a relatively long amount of time to return to service. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1632x1232, 49 KB) Summary Aardvark114, 2005 Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1632x1232, 49 KB) Summary Aardvark114, 2005 Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... The 2003 North America blackout was a massive power outage that occurred throughout parts of the northeastern United States and eastern Canada on Thursday, August 14, 2003. ... A database query syntax error has occurred. ...


Another source of criticism was the extended and expensive refit to Unit 4 of the four mothballed reactors at the Pickering A Nuclear Station. Management underestimated the amount of work and complexity of the Unit 4 refurbishment project. However, the experience of refurbishing Pickering A Unit 1 was significantly different with a much tighter adherence to schedule and budget. Unit 1 was returned to service in November 2005 providing 542 MW of generating capacity for Ontario's electricity system. It was decided that Pickering Units 2 and 3, which had considerably larger maintenance issues, would not be restarted as the business case could not be made.


OPG, currently, owns/operates or contracts some limited alternative electricity generation through 2 wind power sites as well as 2 solar power sites and 2 biomass energy sites. However, OPG's development of green power sources has been limited as the government does not want OPG to compete against private companies in the anticipated lucrative environmentally friendly power market.


In early 2006, a letter of intent was sent from OPG to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) giving notice for regulatory approval to construct and operate a geologic disposal facility on the Bruce Nuclear Generating Site within the municipality of Kincardine, Ontario. This proposed project would allow for the permanent storage of low- and intermediate-level radioactive wastes produced from the operation of the nuclear generating stations of Bruce, Pickering and Darlington, Ontario, in a deep geologic setting. This project will require a comprehensive environmental assessment to identify the possible environmental effects of the proposed project, and determine whether these effects can be mitigated. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is best described as the nuclear energy and materials watchdog in Canada. ... Bruce Nuclear Generating Station is a Canadian nuclear power station located in Tiverton, Ontario. ... The Municipality of Kincardine is located on the shores of Lake Huron in the County of Bruce in the province of Ontario, Canada. ... An illustration showing the various sources of nuclear waste Radioactive waste is waste type containing radioactive chemical elements that does not have a practical purpose. ... Bruce Nuclear Generating Station is a Canadian nuclear power station located in Tiverton, Ontario. ... Pickering Nuclear Generating Station is a Canadian nuclear power station located in Pickering, Ontario. ... Darlington Nuclear Generating Station is a Canadian electrical generating station located in Bowmanville, Ontario. ... An illustration showing the various sources of nuclear waste Radioactive waste is waste type containing radioactive chemical elements that does not have a practical purpose. ... An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is an assessment of the likely human environmental health impact, risk to ecological health, and changes to natures services that a project may have. ...


OPG has also begun the process for building up to 4 new nuclear units at the site of its Darlington Nuclear Station. There is a lengthy approvals process in place including a full Environmental Assessment which will take 3-4 years to complete. If everything goes well, the new units would go into service sometime around 2018. No decision has been made on what technology will be used but the government has indicated it's preference for the CANDU design.


On the local public relations side, OPG has won many awards for its performance as a "good corporate citizen." OPG regularly sponsors community events, houses wildlife trails in the exclusion zones around its reactors, and regularly reports on its safety and environmental record. In 2006 OPG was also recognized as one of the top employers in the Greater Toronto Area.

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Power plants

Former Ontario Hydro generating stations currently operated by OPG include:


Nuclear

  • Pickering A (4 CANDU reactors)
  • Pickering B (4 CANDU reactors)
  • Darlington (4 CANDU reactors)
  • Bruce A (4 CANDU reactors, operated by Bruce Power)
  • Bruce B (4 CANDU reactors, operated by Bruce Power)

Pickering Nuclear Generating Station is a Canadian nuclear power station located in Pickering, Ontario. ... Darlington Nuclear Generating Station is a Canadian electrical generating station located in Bowmanville, Ontario. ... Bruce Nuclear Generating Station is a Canadian nuclear power station located in Tiverton, Ontario. ...

Fossil Fuel

  • Atikokan (211 MW coal)
  • Lambton (2,000 MW coal)
  • Nanticoke (3,900 MW coal) The largest coal-fired power plant in North America.
  • Thunder Bay (303 MW coal)
  • Lakeview Shutdown April 30 2005, four sister smokestakes demolished June 12 2006
  • Lennox (2,140 MW oil/natural gas)

Partnerships Coal Coal (IPA: ) is a fossil fuel extracted from the ground by underground mining or open-pit mining (surface mining). ... Coal Coal (IPA: ) is a fossil fuel extracted from the ground by underground mining or open-pit mining (surface mining). ... Ontario Power Generations Nanticoke Coal-Fired Power Plant The Nanticoke Generating Station supplies power to the southern coast of Ontario from its base in Nanticoke, Ontario in the county of Haldimand. ... Coal Coal (IPA: ) is a fossil fuel extracted from the ground by underground mining or open-pit mining (surface mining). ... Coal Coal (IPA: ) is a fossil fuel extracted from the ground by underground mining or open-pit mining (surface mining). ... Lakeview Generating Station The Lakeview Generating Station is an Ontario Power Generation coal-burning station located just east of Port Credit, a community in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. ... Pumpjack pumping an oil well near Sarnia, Ontario Ignacy Łukasiewicz - inventor of the refining of kerosene from crude oil. ... Natural gas is a gaseous fossil fuel consisting primarily of methane. ...

  • Brighton Beach Generating Station (580 MW natural gas), Jointly owned by OPG and ATCO Power Ltd. Operated by Coral Energy Canada Inc.
  • Portlands Energy Centre (550 MW natural gas), Jointly owned by OPG and TransCanada Energy. Currently under construction.

Natural gas is a gaseous fossil fuel consisting primarily of methane. ... The Portlands Energy Centre is a proposed 550-megawatt natural gas electrical generating station that is planned for the Toronto waterfront at 440 Unwin Avenue – the site of the decommissioned Hearn Generating Station . ... Natural gas is a gaseous fossil fuel consisting primarily of methane. ...

Large Hydroelectric

  • DeCew Falls 1 (Welland Canal)
  • Decew Falls 2 (Welland Canal)
  • Ontario Power (retired) (Niagara River)
  • Sir Adam Beck 1 (Niagara River)
  • Sir Adam Beck 2 (Niagara River)
  • Sir Adam Beck Pump-Generating Station (Niagara River)
  • Abitibi Canyon (Abitibi River)
  • Harmon (Mattagami River)
  • Hound Chute (Montreal River)
  • Indian Chute (Montreal River)
  • Kipling (Mattagami River)
  • Little Long (Mattagami River)
  • Lower Notch (Montreal River)
  • Lower Sturgeon Falls (Mattagami River)
  • Matabitchuan (Montreal River)
  • Otter Rapids (Abitibi River)
  • Sandy Falls (Mattagami River)
  • Smoky Falls (Mattagami River)
  • Wawaitin Falls (Mattagami River)
  • Aguasabon (Aguasabon River)
  • Alexander Falls (Nipigon River)
  • Cameron Falls (Nipigon River)
  • Caribou Falls (English River)
  • Ear Falls (English River)
  • Kakabeka (Kaministiquia River)
  • Manitou Falls (English River)
  • Pine Portage (Nipigon River)
  • Silver Falls (Dog River)
  • Whitedog Falls (Winnipeg River)
  • Arnprior (Madawaska River)
  • Barrett Chute (Madawaska River)
  • Calabogie (Madawaska River)
  • Chats Falls (Ottawa River)
  • Chenaux (Ottawa River)
  • Des Joachims (Ottawa River)
  • Mountain Chute (Madawaska River)
  • Otto Holden (Ottawa River)
  • R.H. Saunders (St. Lawrence River)
  • Stewartville (St. Lawrence River)

Lock 3 of the Welland Canal, with the Garden City Skyway bridge in background. ... Satellite image of the Niagara River. ... Sir Adam Beck Hydroelectric Power Stations are two hydro station in Niagara Falls, Ontario. ... The Abitibi River is a river in northeastern Canada, which flows northwest from Lake Abitibi to join the Moose River which empties into James Bay. ... The Mattagami River is a river in northern Ontario, Canada, which flows 440 km north from its source southwest of the city of Timmins, Ontario to join the Missinaibi River; both rivers empty into James Bay via the Moose River. ... There are two rivers named Montreal River in Ontario, Canada: The Montreal River in eastern Ontario is a tributary of the Ottawa River, emptying into Lake Timiskaming. ... The Aguasabon River is a river in Thunder Bay District, Ontario which empties into Lake Superior. ... The Nipigon River is about 48 km (30 miles) long and 50 to 200 m (165 to 656 ft) wide in Ontario, Canada. ... The English River flows through Lac Seul to join the Winnipeg River. ... The Kaministiquia River is a Canadian river which empties into western Lake Superior at the city of Thunder Bay. ... The Winnipeg River is a Canadian river which flows from Lake of the Woods in the province of Ontario to Lake Winnipeg in the province of Manitoba and eventually empties into Hudson Bay via the Nelson River. ... The Madawaska River from Highway 17 near Arnprior. ... This is about the river in Canada. ... The Saint Lawrence River (French fleuve Saint-Laurent) is a large west-to-east flowing river in the middle latitudes of North America, connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. ...

Small Hydroelectric

There are two Severn Rivers in Ontario, Canada In central Ontario, the headwaters of the Severn River are located at the north end of Lake Couchiching. ... The Muskoka River is a river in the Muskoka District of Ontario, Canada. ... The Wanapitei River is a river in central Ontario which flows through Lake Wanapitei northeast of Sudbury and joins the French River at its mouth on Georgian Bay. ...

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Ontario: Definition and Much More from Answers.com (5737 words)
It's bordered on the north by Lake Ontario, on the east by the Niagara River, on the south by the Welland River, and on the west by Highways 20 and 56.
Ontario is bounded on the north by Hudson Bay and James Bay, on the east by Quebec, on the west by Manitoba, and on the south by the U.S. states of Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.
Since the privatization of Ontario Hydro which began in 1999, Ontario Power Generation runs 85% of electricity generated in the province, but not the transmission of power, which is under the control of Hydro One.
Ontario Power Generation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1014 words)
OPG was established in April 1999 under the provincial government of premier Mike Harris as a precursor to deregulation of the province's electrical transmission delivery.
OPG was not intended to be included in the 2001 failed Initial Public Offering of stock in its sister company Hydro One, another Ontario Hydro spin-off, and the planned privatization of all electrical generation and distribution in the province has been postponed indefinitely.
OPG endured significant criticism concerning the slow return to operation of some of its nuclear generating stations which had been knocked offline by the August 14, 2003 flout.
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