A group of volunteers from Save Georgian Bay are in opposition to a proposed hydroelectric pumped storage plant to be built near Meaford, Ontario. The group is comprised of community volunteers that believe the TC Energy Pumped Storage Project could have harmful implications for local communities, the environment and Georgian Bay’s aquatic ecosystem.
The proposed Pumped Storage Plant would use an Open Loop System to generate electricity.
A break wall will be built in the bay north of Kiowana Beach. Water from Georgian Bay — about 23 million cubic meters — will be pumped 150m up the escarpment through 3 turbines to a 375 acre reservoir. The water will be stored in the reservoir temporarily, then it will be released back to Georgian Bay creating electricity to be transferred to the power grid in Essa Township near Barrie, Ontario
How the electricity will be transferred is yet to be determined. It’s possible that a high voltage transmission line corridor will be required from Meaford to the power grid further south.
The reservoir for water storage will be built on land owned by the National Department of Defence for military training purposes — the 4th Canadian Division Training Base. This land was expropriated from farming and fishing families in 1942.
Save Georgian Bay is comprised of many groups including local residents, cottagers, engineers, consultants and business owners. Their goal is to examine the TCE Pumped Storage Project proposal with a focus on economic, social and environmental impact.
To learn more about the project and the community concerns, visit the Save Georgian Bay website.