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Power island from Resolute Forest

May 14, 2013, Montreal, Que. ­– Resolute Forest opened a power island that is producing green energy at its pulp and paper operation in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The $65 million project took just over 21 months to complete and has an upgraded wood waste boiler and a 65-megawatt condensing turbine.

"The power island is a strategic addition to Resolute's Thunder Bay facility," stated Richard Garneau, president and CEO. "It will reduce the mill's energy costs as well as maximize our local woodlands, sawmill, pulp and paper, and energy operations by fully utilizing forest-based biomass to produce green electricity."

The green power produced will be sold to the Ontario grid under a power purchase agreement between Resolute and the Ontario Power Authority.

The project received support from the Ontario Government's Forest Sector Prosperity Fund, as well as from the Federal Government's Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program.