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Niagara Generating Stations

The Niagara River although only 56 kilometers long, is one of the world's greatest sources of hydro-electric power. The beauty of its wild descent from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario attracts millions of visitors each year. During its short course, the river drops 99 meters with much of this spectacular plunge concentrated in a 13 km stretch of falls and rapids.

Water was first diverted from the Canadian side of the Niagara River for the generation of electricity in 1893. A small 2,200 kilowatt plant was built just above the horseshoe Falls to power an electric railway between the historic communities of Queenston and Chippawa.

Today the churning river provides the driving force for almost 2 million kW of electricity from a number of power plants of the Canadian side. The three largest are Sir Adam Beck Niagara Generating Station Nos. 1 and 2 and the nearby pumping-generating station.

On the American side of the border, down river from the Falls, the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant and the Lewiston Pump Generating plant, together generate more than 2.4 million kilowatts of electricity, enough to light 24 million 100 watt bulbs.

Although there are no tours offered of Power Plants on the Canadian side of the border there is a reception centre at the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant on the American side of the border. For more information about tours phone (716) 285-3211

For more information about Ontario Hydro, phone 1-800-263-9000

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