Halton Hills Generating Station Upgrade
Atura Power is planning to make efficiency upgrades at our Halton Hills Generating Station (HHGS). HHGS has been operating since 2010 in the Town of Halton Hills, between Highway 401 and Steeles Ave., West of 6th Line. It’s capable of outputting 683 megawatts (MW) to Ontario’s electricity grid.
Upgrading the equipment at HHGS will increase its generating capacity by 27 MW to an output of 710 MW (at 15°C reference level ambient air conditions). The upgrades will be limited to replacing parts of the existing natural gas fired combustion turbines. All upgrade activities will take place within the existing building and there will be no changes or expansion beyond the existing HHGS footprint.
What’s being upgraded?
The upgrades will include replacing parts of the existing natural gas fired combustion turbines with parts that will allow for an increased electrical output. The work is similar to regular facility maintenance activities and will be confined to the existing facility footprint. There will be no change or expansion of the existing HHGS footprint.
Environmental screening process and project timeline
Since the upgrading will result in a 27 MW increase in the electrical output of HHGS, it is subject to the Environmental Screening Process for Electricity Projects per Ontario Regulation 116/01, under the Environmental Assessment Act. A Notice of Commencement of a Screening and Invitation to a Virtual Public Meeting was issued on May 19, 2023, to communicate the start of the Environmental Screening Process.
Request for exemption
Given that that proposed upgrades to the HHGS are minor – similar to routine maintenance activities – and contained entirely withing the footprint of the existing facility, Atura Power is requesting that the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks grant an exemption to the Environmental Assessment Act for this project.
We want to hear from you
Atura Power is committed to engaging with Indigenous communities, the public, and other stakeholders on all our projects.
We held a virtual public meeting on June 15, 2023, for the public to learn about the proposed efficiency upgrades and share feedback. Meeting materials are posted below.
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Comments and information regarding this project are being collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purpose of meeting environmental assessment requirements. With the exception of personal information, all comments received will become part of the project record.