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June 01, 2012 11:34 ET

Hydro Ottawa's Historic Generating Station No. 2 Open to the Public

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 1, 2012) - Hydro Ottawa is providing a rare glimpse inside Canada's oldest operating run-of-the-river hydroelectric generating station this weekend, June 2 and 3.

Chaudière Falls Generating Station No. 2 will be open to the public as part of Doors Open Ottawa. Brought to the community by the City of Ottawa, it is Ottawa's largest heritage and architectural event. Doors Open Ottawa gives visitors a rare opportunity to visit inside some of the city's most prestigious buildings and facilities.

"It's a unique opportunity to share the history of this site with the community. Together our three generating stations at Chaudière Falls produce enough power to supply approximately 13,000 homes," said Bryce Conrad, President and Chief Executive Officer at Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. "Visitors will have the opportunity to tour this historic building and learn how hydroelectricity is produced."

Hydro Ottawa's Generating Station No. 2 was built in 1891 by industrialist E.H. Bronson. In 2001, the station was completely rebuilt. All of the generators were rewound, the turbines were replaced, the channels and dam structures were rehabilitated and the station was completely automated. All heritage elements of the station were preserved, with the equipment looking as it did 100 years ago.

Media and public are invited to tour this historic facility in the heart of the National Capital:

  • When: Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Location: Mill Street, Amelia Island
  • Directions: Take Booth Street north, turn right at the NCC Victoria Island sign just north of the War Museum and follow Hydro Ottawa signs.

About Hydro Ottawa

Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. (Hydro Ottawa) owns and operates two subsidiary companies, Hydro Ottawa Limited and Energy Ottawa Inc. Hydro Ottawa Limited is the third largest municipally owned electrical utility in Ontario serving more than 305,000 customers in the City of Ottawa and the Village of Casselman. Energy Ottawa Inc., Ottawa's largest producer of green power, generates renewable energy and provides commercial energy management services.

Contact Information

  • Susan Barrett
    Manager, Community Relations and Special Projects
    Hydro Ottawa
    613-221-0063