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2014-01-14 at 16:15

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Last week's cold temperatures prompted plenty of Thunder Bay residents to turn up their thermostats, which placed more demand on the Thunder Bay Generating Station.

After a scheduled shutdown in December, the plant has been running steadily since it reopened at the beginning of January, operating at max capacity during peak times of the day.

"If it was warm we wouldn't have been on at all," OPG Northwest Thermal plant manager Chris Fraylick said.

Come this time next year, however, the generating station is scheduled to be fully converted from coal to advanced biomass, and operating at a reduced yearly capacity.

So will the plant be able to handle another cold snap in 2015?

Fralick says yes. At least for a while.

"We'll be there to meet the needs of the system as they arise," he said.

The generating station will undergo a second round of biomass testing next week, in preparation for the conversion which is scheduled to be complete next January.

 

(Thunder Bay Television)

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livewire says:
There is a lot of generation to handle the North.
DON'T PANIC.
1/14/2014 5:09:43 PM
RBosch says:
@Livewire, if all the projected load comes on board in the timeframes planned, there will be a shortage of power, so you are basically wrong in your assumptons. Thunder Bay GS G3 Unit is planned to convert to Advanced Biomass with a small supply of the product, so that is a finite supply. OPA and OPG will be mothballing the other unit, thus further reducing our supply options. There is real need for more power by 2018, so the generator should be converted to run on Natural Gas, with no limitations on the amount of supply needed. The OPA/OPG plan is to run the one unit at a capacity of about 2% of its full output, fed by this Advanced Biomass, which is a pretty expensive source.
1/14/2014 7:07:01 PM
averagejoe says:
From what I can see, #2 ran at variable output of about 40-140MW from Jan 6 to Jan 11, then idled, and #3 started up today, Jan 14. When was the generating station ever running at "max capacity"?

Also, the cold snap was just about over when the station started up, and there was never any shortage of power.

Unfortunately there is definitely no shortage of political spin.
1/14/2014 7:51:33 PM
Dudebro says:
Something's not right if they're going from possibly not running at all if it was warmer to wide open when bitter cold. That's not much ability to be able to be a variable supply.
1/14/2014 7:56:47 PM
beached says:
Don't all the mills, still running, have co-gen and are being paid to generate electricity.
1/14/2014 8:21:48 PM
pylon says:
If you want to see hour by hour or historical energy usage this is a good resource:
http://www.sygration.com/gendata/today.html

It will show you up to the hour the energy demand in Ontario, divided by producer and fuel type.
1/14/2014 10:45:45 PM
livewire says:
@RBosch most of the load in the North has disappeared with the closing of mills. A lot of the Northern Generation is transferred down south as we do have a surplus.With consumers switching to lessen their load the OPA allows raising the rate to compensate loss of usage. It's all about politics and $dollars$ . Studies also have shown you can burn coke/coal at a cheaper rate and just as clean as Nat.Gas.
1/15/2014 5:57:41 AM
DougMyers says:
Please check your facts before you post. Simply restating incorrect information does not support your view.

There is currently no way to transfer surplus power south.
1/15/2014 2:24:53 PM
fairlane says:
It's a good thing we elected to have wind farms carry the load when it's...wait a minute...never mind.
1/15/2014 8:11:02 AM
conker2012 says:
FYI OPG is planning a new hydro generation station at little jackfish. This project could be ready for 2018. www.littlejackfish.com. This new dam will add up to 78MW of power to the local grid.
1/15/2014 8:42:01 AM
useyourbrain says:
It is funny how the coal plant starts running again (which is not needed). And at the same time the Hydro dams start spilling water and generating less electricity. Sounds like a political agenda to burn off all the coal before 2015 then the actual need for power from the station. There must be an election in the future.....
1/15/2014 2:26:42 PM
mcnews says:
During the coldest month on record, the Thunder Bay Plant and Atikokan plant were both not running. How badly do we need this facility to stay open?
1/15/2014 6:35:42 PM
Who-cares says:
Just wait for the first ice storm in southern Ontario, and that new line goes down. There will be next to no power up here, and people will freeze to death in their own homes. Everyone had better run out and either buy a wood stove, or generator to run their furnaces. Also to Doug Meyers, there is a tie line now that can transfer power south but cannot send power north, because of the size of the line. Please do some research
1/16/2014 3:23:55 AM
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