New $50M clean power plant to be built in Atikokan
TORONTO, ONT-A new $50-million, 10-megawatt (MW) clean energy plant to be built in Atikokan will provide both environmental and economic benefits for northwestern Ontario. The combined heat and power (CHP) facility will use wood waste from Fibratech, a local board manufacturing plant, to produce biogas which will be used for cogeneration (production of both electricity and heat). In addition to potentially saving Fibratech over $1 million per year in energy costs, the plant will be CO2 neutral, producing almost no emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and particulates, with reduced nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions as well. It will provide clean power to Atikokan Hydro and will have the ability to supply energy, steam and synthetic natural gas at a fixed rate to local industry. The Atikokan plant will be supported by Ontario's Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program. The plant's developer, Delta Energy, has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Ontario Power Authority under the program, which to date has resulted in almost 100 new clean energy contracts for over 500 MW of energy.