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Commercial operation begins at 17.5-MW Northwest Stave River

Commercial operation has begun at Innergex Energy Inc.'s 17.5-MW Northwest Stave River hydropower plant, the Canadian power producer said.

Construction of the hydroelectric project, located on Crown land north of Mission, British Columbia, began in 2011 and was completed in December 2013.

Energy generated by Northwest Stave River will be supplied to BC Hydro under a 40-year fixed-price power purchase agreement that was obtained under British Columbia's 2008 Clean Power Call Request for Proposals.

Innergex closed a US$69.75 million non-recourse construction and term project financing deal for the plant last May.

Small hydropower coming to Ontario's Twelve Mile Creek

City and province officials have approved the construction of a new small hydropower project along Twelve Mile Creek in St. Catharines, Ontario.

The Shickluna plant, announced at a ceremony by Ontario Minister of the Environment Jim Bradley and St. Catharines mayor Brian McMullan, will have a cumulative capacity of up to 4.2 MW when completed.

Shickluna was approved under Ontario's Hydroelectric Standard Offer Program, which assists cities in constructing hydropower projects between 400 kW and 5 MW in capacity.

"We are pleased that with the support of Minister Bradley, we can now move forward with our renewable energy project," McMullan said. "Shickluna will create local jobs and generate millions of dollars in revenue."

The run-of-river project is expected to generate US18,000 to $900,000 per year for St. Catharines, which received approval for the plant from the Ontario Power Authority in February.

Hydroelectric power key in Manitoba Hydro

A recently signed memorandum of understanding will investigate the sale of up to 600 MW of electricity from Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro to Minnesota-based power cooperative Great River Energy. The deal, which could begin in 2020, would see Great River Energy meet some of its long-term electricity needs via proposed Manitoba Hydro projects.

"We are pleased to work with a trusted partner like Great River Energy to help increase the supply of virtually carbon-free, renewable hydroelectric energy in their supply mix," Manitoba Hydro President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Thomson said. "This MOU demonstrates the continued strong interest in hydro power in U.S. markets. Expansion of trade with Great River Energy will support expansion of hydropower generating capacity in Manitoba and contribute to the ongoing supply of renewable, reliable and cost-effective electricity to Manitobans."

Key amongst the plan is the 695-MW Keeyask hydropower plant, which is being developed on the Nelson River in partnership with Tatskweyak, Fox Lake, War Lake and York Factory first nations groups. The utility said Keeyask builds on an earlier partnership with the Nisichawayashk Cree Nation that allowed for the construction of the 200-MW Wuskwatim project on the Burntwood River.

Great River Energy and Manitoba Hydro are already committed to a number of power sale and diversity agreements, including a 200 MW deal that extends through 2030.

"The discussion with Manitoba Hydro opens the doors to additional hydropower for Great River Energy and our members," Great River Energy Vice President of Membership and Energy Markets Jon Brekke said. "We have reduced our carbon intensity by 20% since 2005. Additional hydropower may be the next logical step in the evolution of our power generation portfolio."

The cooperative supplies wholesale electric service to 28 distributors in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Utility plans to install air coolers for 67.5-MW Strathcona project

Canadian utility BC Hydro plans to hire a company to supply 16 air coolers for the 67.5-MW Strathcona project on the Campbell River in British Columbia.

The utility is in the process of upgrading the Strathcona project in the Campbell River region of British Columbia's Vancouver Island.

Work will include design, fabrication and supply of 16 air coolers, also called radiators or heat exchangers, for the Strathcona plant. The company chosen also will be responsible for a site survey of the generating station to confirm data measurements and complete design; design, including preparation of shop drawings and equipment performance summary; fabrication and shop testing; and delivery of equipment by Aug. 15.

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