A presentation made by the Chair at ORA’s 16 October 2021 Annual General Meeting:
Update: Water Power Group was denied a Feed-in-Tariff Contract because the entire north is now constrained, with no more availability on the power grid.
Water Power Group plans to develop the Cedar Rapids site as a waterpower project. They are proposing a true run-of-river type project, on a section of the Vermilion River, just south of the Town of Capreol, and promises to be low-impact and to maintain the natural beauty of the area and rapids. Water Power Group will apply for a 40-year, fixed-rate contract with the province under the Large Energy Procurement Policy. More information here.
ORA has no position on this Proposal until more details are available; however, Water Power Group has a track record of low impact true run-of-river operations which tend to be less destructive to the riverine ecosystem. They have attended our ORA General Meeting and made presentation regarding their ethics and standards.
A company named WaterPower Group held a public meeting, in October of 2012, for members of the Capreol Business Association, Capreol Community Action Network, and members of the Town at the Millenium Centre. This proponent proposes to build a hydroelectric dam on the Vermilion River at Cedar Rapids.
To read an article, go to page 15 of The Capreol Press – October 1, 2012 – No. 87.
The photos below are of the area that is proposed to be dammed – Cedar Rapids on the Vermilion River.
The Snapping Turtle is a special concern species under Ontario’s Endangered Species Act. A management plan will be prepared. The Snapping Turtle has also been assessed nationally as a special concern species by the federal Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). Status: special concern provincially and designated special concern federally.
This past week a company named WaterPower Group held a presentation for members of the Capreol Business Association, Capreol Community Action Network, and members of the Town at the Millenium Centre. This group proposes to build a low head turbine dam on the Vermilion River near the rapids. Continue reading