Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) Thunder Bay Generating Station (TBGS) has been converted to use biomass — a renewable fuel.
"Ontario is a leader in building a clean energy system, and the completion of the conversion to use advanced biomass at Thunder Bay is key to building a cleaner future for the people of our province," said Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy. "Congratulations to OPG for its commitment to this initiative and recognizing the long-term benefits cleaner electricity generation will bring to the people of Ontario."
"Converting to advanced biomass is a positive step forward for the Northern Ontario economy. It keeps jobs at the Thunder Bay Generating Station and shows that our community and the Province of Ontario are world leaders in generating sustainable energy," said Michael Gravelle, MPP, Thunder Bay-Superior North.
OPG is also supporting biomass research through its sponsorship of the OPG Bioenergy Learning Research Centre at Confederation College in Thunder Bay.
Like OPG's Atikokan Generating Station, TBGS has the flexibility to respond to changes in electricity demand and provide dispatchable power when it is most required.
Advanced biomass has handling and storage characteristics similar to those of coal. It contains about 75 per cent less nitrogen oxide than coal emissions and virtually no sulphur dioxide. The advanced biomass pellets used at TBGS are made from lumber mill sawdust.