St. Clair Energy Centre
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Globally, Invenergy invests $348 million annually in the home communities where its projects are located via the creation of high-quality jobs, lease payments and local taxes.
The company has successfully developed more than 190 projects worldwide, totaling over 30,000 megawatts, including wind, solar, transmission infrastructure, natural gas power generation and advanced energy storage projects.
The St. Clair Energy Centre is a 584-megawatt combined-cycle natural gas turbine generation facility. The Energy Centre is located in St. Clair Township, in the province of Ontario, Canada and began operations in 2009. Power generated from the facility is transported to the provincial electrical transmission network through an onsite transformer station, where it is eventually delivered and utilized by consumers.
St. Clair Energy Centre is proposing modernization upgrades and an expansion of the facility. The upgrades and expansion would an additional 180 megawatts of electricity generation capacity and assist the province of Ontario’s emerging electricity system needs.
According to the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), which is responsible for overseeing Ontario’s power system, the province is entering a period of increasing demand for electricity, driven by more consumer usage, and the retirement of existing power plants.
To accommodate growing demand for electricity, the IESO is undertaking a procurement process to acquire additional electrical generation capacity from both new power plants and the expansion of eligible existing ones. Two procurement streams are being undertaken including:
The E-LT1 RFP is intended to competitively procure up to 1,500 MW of electrical capacity, of which 900 megawatts (MW) are targeted to be procured from electricity storage facilities and 600 MW from resources other than electricity storage facilities. For the LT1 RFP, the IESO is expected to procure approximately 2,500 MW of electricity reliability services from new build and eligible expansion electricity resources.