Portlands Energy Centre upgrades

Atura Power is planning to make efficiency upgrades at our Portlands Energy Centre (PEC). PEC has been generating reliable and affordable electricity for the City of Toronto and province of Ontario at 470 Unwin Ave., Toronto, since 2009. It’s capable of outputting 550 megawatts (MW) to Ontario’s electricity grid.

Project overview

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Portlands Energy Centre upgrade map

Upgrading the equipment at PEC will increase its generating capacity by 50 MW to an output of 600 MW. The efficiency upgrades will be limited to replacing parts of the existing natural gas fired combustion turbines. All upgrade activities will take place within the existing facility and there will be no changes or expansion beyond the existing PEC footprint.

What's being upgraded?

The efficiency upgrades will include replacing parts of the existing natural gas fired combustion turbines with 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 PEC footprint.

Environmental screening process and project timeline

Since the project will result in a 50 MW increase in the electrical output of PEC, 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 September 6, 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 Oct. 5, 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.