In April of 2014, Ontario Power Generation burned its last piece of coal to generate electricity in Ontario. This move off coal was North America’s single largest climate change initiative and the equivalent of taking seven million cars off the road. This made Ontario the first jurisdiction in North America to fully eliminate coal as a source of electricity generation.
OPG owns five thermal electricity-generating stations:
- Atikokan GS has been converted from coal to use biomass. Biomass is a sustainable fuel recognized across the world as beneficial to climate change mitigation. The two-year conversion project was completed on time, and on budget in the summer of 2014, and is now the largest capacity 100 per cent biomass fuelled plant in North America.
- Thunder Bay GS, which was the last station to run on coal, was converted to use advanced biomass as fuel. Advanced biomass has similar handling and storage characteristics to coal. It contains about 75 per cent less nitrogen oxide than coal emissions, and has virtually no sulphur dioxide. It can also be stored outdoors. The conversion project was completed under budget and ahead of schedule.
- Lennox Generating Station is dual-fuelled by oil and natural gas.
- Lambton GS and Nanticoke GS stopped using coal as fuel in 2013. These stations served Ontario for more than 40 years, providing reliable electricity when it was needed most.