Canadian Hydropower Association

Canadian Hydropower Association

May 14, 2009 17:18 ET

The Canadian Hydropower Association Applauds the Launch of the Romaine Hydroelectric Project

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 14, 2009) -

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The Canadian Hydropower Association applauds the launch of Hydro-Quebec's project, the Romaine hydroelectric complex. The Romaine, the largest clean renewable project now underway in Canada, with $6.5 billion dollars in investments, will be complete by 2020. Once the complex is commissioned, its four generating stations will have an installed capacity of 1,550 MW and provide additional energy of 8 TWh per year.

"Hydropower is the made-in-Canada solution to air pollution and climate change," said Colin Clark, Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Hydropower Association. "We are blessed with huge hydropower potential that can be developed with respect for the environment and in collaboration with local communities. The approval of the Romaine project is excellent news, especially since it will be built in that spirit of sustainable development, preserving the environment and providing for the power requirements of future generations."

Canada has about 163,000 MW of technical hydropower potential, over twice the amount currently in operation. Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador hold significant resources, but there is potential available across the country, in all provinces and territories.

"Not only does hydropower provide great ecological and social advantages, it is also the best long term investment," adds Colin Clark. "Hydropower plants last between 50-100 years or more with refurbishment. This makes them the clean and environmental choice for today and tomorrow."

About the Canadian Hydropower Association

Founded in 1998, the Canadian Hydropower Association (CHA) is the national association dedicated to representing the interests of the hydropower industry. Its principal mandate is to promote hydropower nationally and internationally as a source of renewable energy, to make the economic and environmental advantages of hydropower better known, and to publicize the benefits of hydropower in the search for sustainable energy solutions. CHA members represent more than 95% of the hydropower capacity in Canada.

Contact Information

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    Canadian Hydropower Association
    Colin Clark
    (819) 561-8662
    Canadian Hydropower Association
    Gabrielle Collu
    (514) 844-7338 or Cell.: (514) 943-6557