What is the history of Ranney Falls Generating
The Ranney Falls Generating Station (GS) site was
formerly leased by the Federal Government to the Seymour Power Company. With
its purchase of the Seymour Power Company in 1916, the rights to the site were
acquired by the Province. Ranney Falls GS G1 and G2 units were commissioned in
August 22, 1922 and September 2, 1922, respectively. Unit G3, which started
operation in 1926, was acquired by the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of
Ontario from the Quinte and Trent Valley Power Company in 1937. Ranney Falls GS
was transferred to Ontario Power Generation Inc. on April 1, 1999, and is
managed by the Central Hydro Plant Group with remote operation from the North
Bay Control Centre and maintained by the Campbellford Service Centre.
Why is OPG considering this Project?
Ranney Falls GS consists of two powerhouses. The main
powerhouse contains the G1 and G2 turbine units, each operating at
approximately 5 megawatts (MW) during maximum flows. A secondary powerhouse,
commonly referred to as the "Pup", contains the 0.8 MW G3 unit that has reached
its end-of-life. Based on a Feasibility Study for the proposed Ranney Falls G3
Project, it was determined that a new G3 unit of up to 10 MW could be installed
at the Ranney Falls GS site. This would increase total station capacity to up
to approximately 20 MW. The "Pup" powerhouse would be decommissioned.
The proposed Project will improve the efficient use of
the available hydroelectric potential at the site, reduce greenhouse gas
emissions and increase the amount of clean renewable energy from OPG's Central
Hydro Plant Group.
Is there government policy support for this
The Panel on the Future of the Trent-Severn Waterway
(TSW) concluded that the development of renewable energy resources is a sound
public policy goal and supported a vigorous effort to pursue green energy
generating potential along the TSW. Moreover, the proposed Project is
consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement, which recommends that the use
of existing infrastructure and public service facilities should be optimized,
whenever feasible, before consideration is given to developing new
infrastructure and public service facilities.
What is the schedule for the Project?
The project can move to construction once the project
has been fully defined through the environmental assessment process, detailed
engineering review and all approvals have been received.