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UPDATE: Guelph chapter opposes hydro ‘peaker’ plant

Guelph-area residents are concerned that Hydro One may build an electrical generation ‘peaker’ plant in their community.

The Guelph Tribune has reported, “Hydro One sees the four-city region (Guelph, Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo) as a ‘constraint area’, in which there isn’t enough transmission capacity and isn’t enough regional generation of electricity to meet peak demand.” The peaker plant would be fuelled by natural gas and “fired up when needed to meet peak demand for electricity”.

The debate appears to be between promotion of local generation of electricity from renewable energy sources versus centralized power plants and the long-distance transmission of electricity.

The Council of Canadians Guelph chapter has been working in opposition to the peaker plant.

More to come.