Ontario issues second call to develop Wasdell Falls

Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources reissued a solicitation for plans to add about 3 MW of hydropower generation to the ministry’s Wasdell Falls Dam. Proposals are due Aug. 11 in a competitive site release process to spur development of hydro plants.

Wasdell Falls Dam previously was released for development, but no proposal was chosen. The dam was built in 1914 by the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario in the Black-Severn River watershed north of Washago. Originally built to generate hydropower, Wasdell Falls’ 750-kW power plant was decommissioned in 1955. Today the dam is used to control water levels for recreation.

Applicants must register online at http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/mnr/renewable/extranet.html. Registrants will receive a username and password to use the extranet site, where documents and other information are available. An information meeting about the release (CRP-01-06) is planned for June 15 at the dam. Parties planning to attend must e-mail renewable@mnr.gov.on.ca by June 5.

For information, contact Tosh Gierek, Waterpower Site Release Coordinator, Lands and Waters Branch, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, 300 Water St., Peterborough, Ontario K9J 3C7 Canada; (1) 705-755-1521; E-mail: stan.gierek@mnr.gov.on.ca.

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