Some sites were developed as early as 1906 by local industrial companies
To provide mechanical and electrical power to their operations and the surrounding towns.
The facilities changed ownership several times over the years. In 2007, Abitibi Consolidated Hydro Limited Partnership (ACH LP) was formed. The new company was created as a distinct entity with the goal of providing renewable reliable energy to its customers and the Province of Ontario.
The generating stations continued to be operated locally until 2008, when ACH LP began an $18M project to upgrade and automate the stations control systems to allow remote operation. The automation project was successfully completed in 2010 and full control of all generators, and the associated transmission assets, was transferred to the Oshawa Control Center. In 2011 ACH LP was sold to a new group of Canadian private investors, and the company began operating as H2O Power.
H2O embarked on a 10 year program in 2011 to improve it’s facilities and has completed upgrades at 7 of the 8 stations. The 8th station was previously upgraded in 2003 – 2004. The upgrade program consisted of turbine refurbishments, runner replacements, generator rewinds and transformer replacements and was completed in 2021 at a total cost of $110M.
H2O Power continues to invest in local communities and has regional offices in Fort Frances, Ontario and Iroquois Falls, Ontario. Where feasible we are working with local Contractors and Service Providers in support of our East HV Reconfiguration project forecast to be complete in 2024. In addition, other short term Projects year to year are aimed at ensuring sustainable operations while adhering to the highest Safety and Environmental standards.
Our Leadership Team
Strong leadership has been the key to our steady growth and to the safe, reliable management of one of our planet’s most valuable resources.