Work is well underway on sprucing up the old Generating Station building. The roof has been repaired and concrete repairs and painting of the exterior of the building are ongoing. We hope to complete all work by the end of September.

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In June, the hydro family in Almonte lost two great men.

  

On June 19th, Bill Gomme (on the right in the photo above) passed away on Monday at 77 years of age. Bill was Mayor of Almonte from 1976-78. He also served on the Almonte Public Utilities Commission for 29 years (off and on from 1965-2000), and remained a great friend of Mississippi River Power.

On June 9, Randy Wark passed away at the age of 46. Randy worked for Almonte Hydro as a summer student in the early 90's and then went on to work with Canadian Hydro Components (CHC) for the past 25 years. During his time with CHC, he also assisted Missisippi River Power with many maintenance issues. He was an extremely hard worker and a great problem solver.

Both men were important parts of the hydro family in Almonte and will be dearly missed.

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  News & Notes June 22, 2017

After having higher than average flows for several months and running at our station at full capacity, flows have dropped drastically over the past week. Flows are now slightly above average and our output is down to roughly 80%.

We hope to install the dock in Metcalfe GeoHeritage Park soon, once flows have dropped a little bit more.


 News & Notes March 20, 2017

 Flows peaked on March 11th at just under 110 cms. As of this morning, the flow (as measured at the Appleton Stream Gauge) is 82 cms. We expect another peak in the first two weeks of April as temperatures continue to rise.

We have not yet submitted our amendment application to the MOECC. We are still in the information gathering stage and are awaiting some agency replies.

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 News & Notes February 15, 2017

Flows have been at or near the average for this time of year, for the past month. As a result, the generating station is operating at very close to full capacity. We expect flows to rise again this weekend, with warmer weather causing some snow melt.

We are still awaiting replies from various agencies relating to our proposed Permit To Take Water amendment. The proposal is to temporarily elminate the 2.2 cubic metres per second compensation flow requirement during drought conditions where the flow is below 6.5 cms during the period of November 15th to March 15. With the present flows, we will not require this amendment this year. We are moving forward with the amendment request to protect the station in future years where low flows may exist in winter conditions.

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 News & Notes January 9, 2017

Flows have increased significantly over the past few weeks. The flow was down around 7 cubic metres per second two weeks ago and is now close to 25 cms, Despite the huge increase, the flow is still only at about 60% of the historical average for this time of year.

 

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Mississippi River Power Corp. is the generation side of the former Almonte Hydro. The Corporation of the Town of Mississippi Mills owns 100% of the shares in MRPC.

Mississippi River Power Corp. owns and operates a 4.6 Megawatt Generating Station in Almonte, Ontario. This station was built in 2008-09 and came online on April 9, 2010.

 

"Mississippi River Power Corp. is committed to generating clean, reliable power, while continually improving efficiency, providing a reasonable return to the shareholder and remaining a good corporate citizen."

 

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