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Small hydro generator, Ontario Power Authority sign 20 year waterpower contract

St. Catharines Hydro Generation Inc. recently signed a 20-year contract with the Ontario Power Authority to provide the province's ratepayers with a secured source of renewable hydropower, the OPA reported.

SCHGI, based in St. Catharines, Ontario, produces 5.75 MW of electricity from hydropower utilizing two DBS Escher Wyss turbines within the 12 Mile Creek. SCHGI will now receive a base rate of 6.9 cents per kilowatt-hour, wire reports indicate.

The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure in 2009 called for the Power Authority to negotiate new contracts with existing hydro-electric generation facilities. In all, about 125 facilities ranging in size from 40 KW to 239 MW for a total potential of 1,200 to 1,300 MW can participate as their contracts come due.

The contract with SCHGI is one of 11 small generating facilities that have been brought under the new compensation terms thus far (contract terms were reached through separate negotiations with two major producers late last year).

The Ontario Power Authority is responsible for ensuring a reliable, sustainable supply of electricity for Ontario.

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