Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources named four companies Nov. 9 to explore development of hydropower sites on government-owned land totaling 10.8 MW.
Minister David Ramsay announced the sites and applicants of record:
o Grassy River near Timmins, Woods Power Generation;
o Larder River South, near Englehart, Wendigo Power Partnership;
o Wasdell Falls, Black Severn River, near Washago, WESA Group Inc.; and
o McGraw Falls, near the town of Kakabeka Falls, McGraw Falls Water Power.
Wasdell Falls and McGraw Falls involve redevelopment of existing dams owned by the Ministry of Natural Resources.
The government did not release capacities for individual sites, saying only that the sites could generate 10.8 MW, enough to meet the needs of 9,700 homes for electricity. However, the ministry previously said Wasdell Falls could support a hydropower project of about 3 MW. (HNN 8/11/06)
With the announcement, the companies now are free to pursue various approvals to develop hydropower facilities at the sites. The proposed sites also will be subjected to environmental assessments and public review before construction can begin.