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(Reuters) - Ontario Power Generation's Thunder Bay generating station is set to convert its about 300-megawatt coal plant into a natural gas-fired power station before the end of 2014, the McGuinty government said in a report.
This would make Northern Ontario the first region of the province with existing coal plants to become coal-free.
There are four coal-fired power plants in Ontario all owned by OPG - Nanticoke and Lambton in the southern part of the province and Thunder Bay and Atikokan in the north.
This conversion is part of Ontario's plan to phase out coal units in the region in an effort to reduce climate change in Canada.
Reporting by Naveen Arul in Bangalore; Editing by Lisa Shumaker