DRAINAGE BASIN: Lake Superior
NEAREST POPULATION CENTRE: Nipigon (16.9 km south)
IN SERVICE DATE:
UNIT 1 - March 13, 1921
UNIT 2 - Dec. 20, 1920
UNIT 3 - July 1924
UNIT 4 - September 1924
UNIT 5 - 1925
UNIT 6 - April 8, 1926
UNIT 7 - Sept. 9, 1958
BUILT BY: Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario
ASSET TRANSFERRED TO ONTARIO POWER GENERATION: April 1, 1999
NUMBER OF UNITS: 7
CAPACITY: 92 MW
The Cameron Falls Generating Station (GS) is located on the Nipigon River about 17 kilometers from Nipigon, Ontario. The station’s seven units have a combined capacity of 92 megawatts, which is enough clean energy to power the about 90,000 homes.
Operated from our Control Centre in Thunder Bay, and maintained by crews working out of our Cameron Falls Work Centre, Cameron Falls GS has served Ontario safely and reliably for more than 95 years.
In the early 20th century, the City of Port Arthur (now known as Thunder Bay) received electrical power from the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario under an agreement with the Kaministiquia Power Company. With this agreement set to expire in 1920, and electrical demand growing with the development of nearby pulp and paper industries, the Commission began to investigate hydroelectric development on the Nipigon River.
On Jan. 1, 1917, Port Arthur and Fort William submitted by-laws authorizing a new agreement with the Commission to deliver power from the Nipigon River development project. Later that year, the respective city councils passed orders to provide the necessary funds to proceed with construction of Cameron Falls GS, the first of three hydroelectric developments on the Nipigon River, including Alexander GS (1930) and Pine Portage GS (1950).
As with the operations at all of our generating stations, OPG is considerate of the environment and other users of the waterways. Our technicians manage water levels and flows according to approved water management plans. The amount of water available for generation depends on environmental needs, minimum and maximum water level requirements, and precipitation.
Cameron Falls GS generates clean, renewable electricity 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is part of OPG’s clean energy portfolio, which is more than 99 per cent free of smog and carbon emissions.