Paul Morden – May 19, 2023
The president of the company set to build a second natural gas-fired electricity generation plant at the Greenfield South Power site in St. Clair Township says it will be designed to switch to hydrogen once the fuel source is commercially available.
Gregory Vogt, president of Toronto-based Easter
n Power, said he hopes construction at the site on Oil Springs Line can begin “in very short order.
“We’ve been speaking with St. Clair Township and other authorities so we can get under construction as quickly as possible.”
Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator announced this week that expansions at Eastern Power’s site St. Clair Township site, and a Capital Power Corporation site in Windsor, were selected as part of its latest procurement of additional electricity capacity for the province.
Greenfield South Power’s existing 289-MW natural gas-fired electricity plant began operating in 2017. It’s one of three natural gas-fired plants currently operating in the township.
“We’re excited to assist Ontario, providing support as we go to a low-carbon future, and as a hydrogen-ready project we’re excited to be part of that,” Vogt said.
“When it’s commercially available we will have the equipment to utilize it.”
Ontario’s Energy Ministry asked the IESO last year to investigate options for integrating low-carbon hydrogen technologies into the electricity grid and the Sarnia area has positioned itself as a hydrogen hub.