Hydrogen project could make Niagara one of Canada’s largest green energy hubs

Atura Power has selected the Niagara region as its first Ontario site for large-scale hydrogen production.

The Niagara Hydrogen Centre, which will use a 20-megawatt (MW) electrolyzer to produce green hydrogen, was selected based on several Ontario location feasibility studies that evaluate the technical and economic viability of green hydrogen production.

The company is a subsidiary of Ontario Power Generation. With plants in Windsor, Halton Hills, Toronto, and Napanee. Its fleet of combined-cycle plants is flexible and dispatchable – an enabler of renewable energy sources like solar and wind power. The company plays a key role in the province’s electricity system.

The Atura announcement was part of the province’s release of its hydrogen strategy. Ontario Minister of Energy Todd Smith and Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks David Piccini announced the strategy at an event today in Niagara Falls, highlighting Atura Power’s green hydrogen project.

The Ontario government is supporting the project by providing an exemption from the Gross Revenue Charge from 2024 to 2033 for electricity generated at the Sir Adam Beck Generating Station used specifically for hydrogen production under prescribed conditions.

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