July 14, 2009 / 12:51 PM / 8 years ago

OPG Ontario Lambton 4 coal unit back

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ontario Power Generation’s 494-megawatt Unit 4 at the Lambton coal-fired power station in Ontario returned to service by early Tuesday, the Independent Electricity System Operator said in a report.

The unit shut by July 4.

The 1,976-MW Lambton station, which entered service in 1969, is located on the St. Clair River in St. Clair, about 75 miles northeast of Detroit. There are four 494 MW units at Lambton, which can consume 640 tons of coal per hour when all are operating at full power.

All other units were available for service.

One MW powers about 1,000 homes in Ontario.

The Ontario government wants to shut all the coal-fired generation in the province by the end of 2014 for health and environmental reasons.

In preparation for the coal plant shutdowns, OPG is boosting the price it offers the energy from the coal-fired plants in the power market, making it easier for non-coal generation to compete with the usually lower cost coal power.

OPG owns about 6,400 MW of coal-fired generation at four stations: Thunder Bay, Atikokan, Nanticoke and Lambton. The company is considering converting some of the coal plants to biomass plants starting with Atikokan in the northern part of the province and then Nanticoke near Lake Erie.

OPG owns and operates about 22,000 MW of generating capacity and markets power to utilities in Ontario and neighboring U.S. and Canadian electricity markets.

Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by John Picinich

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