On July 19, 2012, it was announced that the Atikokan Power Generating Station will be converted to burn biomass instead of coal, creating one of the largest biomass-fueled electricity generating facilities in the world.

The conversion is part of the Ontario government’s plan to eliminate the use of coal for electricity generation by the end of 2014. OPG anticipates that the 200-megawatt plant will provide a stable source of clean and renewable energy in northern Ontario.

The $200 million conversion is slated for completion by the end of 2014.