Brighton Beach Generating Station upgrades

Atura Power is planning to make efficiency upgrades at our Brighton Beach Generating Station (BBGS – also known as Brighton Beach Power). BBGS is capable of outputting 541 megawatts (MW) to Ontario’s electricity grid and has safely and efficiently generated electricity for the City of Windsor and province since 2004 at 100 Broadway St., Windsor, Ont.

Project overview

BBGS Upgrades Map
BBGS Upgrades Map

Upgrading the equipment at BBGS will increase its generating capacity by 42.5 MW to an output capacity of 584 MW. The efficiency upgrades will be limited to replacing parts of the existing natural gas fired combustion turbines during an already scheduled maintenance period. All upgrade activities will take place within the existing facility and there will be no changes or expansion beyond the existing BBGS footprint.

Project materials released earlier in 2023 note the upgrades to BBGS will increase the facility generating contract capacity by an average of 42.5 MW (from 570 MW to 612.5 MW), based on a winter (Season 1) contract capacity. When accounting for seasonable variability, BBGS generating contract capacity will increase by an average of 42.5 MW but from an average electrical output contract capacity of 541.25 MW to a total average electrical output contract capacity of 583.75 MW.

What's being upgraded?

The efficiency upgrades will include replacing parts of the existing natural gas fired combustion turbines with more efficient parts that will allow 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 changes or expansion beyond the existing BBGS footprint.

Environmental screening process and project timeline

Since the project will result in a 42.5 MW increase in the electrical output of BBGS, it is subject to the Environmental Screening Process for Electricity Projects subject to Ontario Regulation 116/01, under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. A Notice of Commencement of a Screening and Invitation to a Public Meeting was issued on July 26, 2023, to communicate the start of the Environmental Screening Process.

This timeline was updated to reflect that Atura Power will be sharing a draft Screening Report for review prior to publishing a final Screening Report. The final Screening Report will be announced by a Notice of Completion in early 2024.

We want to hear from you

Atura Power is committed to engaging with Indigenous communities, the public, agencies and other interested parties on all our projects. A public meeting was held on Aug. 17, 2023, to learn about the proposed efficiency upgrades and share feedback, and materials from that meeting are posted below.

Access to information for everyone is important to us, so please let us know if you have accommodation needs related to the meeting materials through the Contact us form 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.