Atlantic Canada: 3 Projects, Energy Diversity
Insight Three energy projects contributing to Atlantic Canada’s energy security.
Ramea Wind-Hydrogen-Diesel Project
About: The Wind-Hydrogen-Diesel Energy Project in Ramea, Newfoundland and Labrador is a research and development project that uses renewable energy to supplement the diesel requirements of an electrically isolated island community.
Years active: The project was conceived in 2006, construction began in 2009 and it transitioned into operation in 2010.
Energy Output: Since 2010, successful operation has produced approximately 605,000 kilowatt hours of renewable energy.
Jobs Created: The Ramea Wind-Hydrogen-Diesel Project is an expansion of an existing project.
About: With 11 turbines with a rated capacity of 5,428 megawatts, the Churchill Falls Generating Station is the second largest underground hydroelectric plant in North America. On average, the facility annually generates over 34 terawatt hours of energy — roughly one percent of the world’s hydroelectric power.
Years active: 1967: Construction began on the Churchill Falls Underground Hydro Electric Project.
1971: The first Generating Unit was commissioned and first power was delivered.
Energy Output: 5,428 megawatts.
Jobs Created: 270/annually.
Lower Churchill Project
About: The hydroelectric potential of Muskrat Falls (pictured above) and
Gull Island make the lower Churchill River in Labrador the best undeveloped hydroelectric source in North America. Together, they have a combined capacity of more than 3,000 megawatts, will be able to provide 16.7 terawatt hours of electricity a year.
Years active: Under construction (since 2013).
Energy Output: 824 MW, 4.9 TWh/year.
Jobs Created: 1,500/year across more than 70 trades; 3,300 at peak construction in 2015.