Canadian Hydro secures power contract for 3.2-MW Misema

The Ontario Power Authority has agreed to purchase electricity generated at Canadian Hydro Developers’ 3.2-MW Misema hydroelectric project under terms of a standard offer contract.

The 20-year contract calls for Canadian Hydro to receive C$145 (US$136) per megawatt-hour during on-peak hours, when customers use more electricity, and C$110 (US$104) per MWh during off-peak hours, when customers use less.

The Misema plant is 10 kilometers north of Englehart, on the south side of the Misema River at Eighty-foot Falls. The plant began operating in 2003; Canadian Hydro bought the project from Canadian Renewable Energy Corp. in 2005.

Misema is one of a handful of hydro projects so far to win agreements in the Ontario government’s Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program, launched in November 2006. (HNN 6/20/07)

The province awarded contracts in February to Bracebridge Generation Ltd.’s 1.5-MW High Falls and Quinte Conservation’s 950-kW McLeod Dam. (HNN 2/28/07) It also awarded a standard offer contract to Pic Mobert Hydro Power Joint Venture’s 8.28-MW Gitchi Animki Bezhig and 9.9-MW Gitchi Animki Niizh.

The program allows generators of electricity from renewables under 10 MW to supply electricity to the grid. It provides standard terms and conditions intended to make it simpler and less costly for operators of small facilities to participate in the electricity supply system.

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