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Queenston-Chippawa Hydro-Electric Development

Queenston-Chippawa Hydro-Electric Development

Photo and transcription by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted January 2018

Queenston-Chippawa Hydro-Electric Development

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted January 2018

Queenston-Chippawa Hydro-Electric Development

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted January 2018

Queenston-Chippawa Hydro-Electric Development

Photo Source - Wikimedia Commons

Plaque Location

The Region of Niagara
The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake
In Queenston next to the Floral Clock on the Niagara Parkway


Coordinates: N 43 08.971 W 79 02.827

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Plaque Text

This generating station, built between 1917 and 1922, was considered the world's first true hydroelectric megaproject. Its massive scale required the use of construction equipment, power conversion units, and a power canal of an unprecedented magnitude. The Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario was responsible for this feat of engineering. Under the chairmanship of Sir Adam Beck, it expanded the plant's capacity to supply inexpensive power to towns and cities, fuelling the growth of industry, while supporting rural electrification. The Queenston-Chippawa Development was renamed the Sir Adam Beck Generating Station in 1950.

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