Generating History: Chaudière Falls Expansion

Generating History: Chaudière Falls Expansion

(Theme 2 – Energy, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: Portage Power

Timeline for Completion: Completed in 2017


Our vision of the Chaudière Falls expansion project was three-fold: produce clean, renewable energy in an environmentally responsible way; be an open public space to be enjoyed by all; and serve as a place of recognition and celebration of Canada’s First Nations and Ottawa’s industrialist past.

Built entirely below ground, the project was designed to have minimal-to-zero impacts on the visual, natural and aquatic environments. To ensure safe fish passage through our facility, we’ve incorporated leading technological solutions to protect migrating American eel, endangered under the Ontario Endangered Species Act (ESA), and facilitate their upstream migration past the numerous hydro-electric facilities at Chaudière. In addition, there are new spawning beds being built downstream to promote the recovery efforts associated with sturgeon (also endangered under the ESA).

Our new below-grade 29-megawatt hydroelectric facility feeds into the provincial grid and power 20,000 homes with clean, renewable energy; reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 115,000 metric tons of CO2 every year.


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Tel.: 613-225-0418

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Project entered on: June 9, 2019 at 12:30 pm

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