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    From Collective Evolution:

    Can you imagine if we were still walking around at night using candles to light our way, or heating our homes only by fire? Sure, it’s romantic and nostalgic to do that once in a while, but at the end of the day, society would look extremely different without the use of electricity. Read More…

    Unknown Stories of WNY: Tesla’s Niagara Legacy

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo (includes video):

    As Dan Davis, Joan Johnson and Lewis Buttery sit in the cafe at the Niagara Arts Culture Center, they discuss Niagara Falls history, and how it could mean big things for the future of the Cataract City. As members of the group Tesla at Niagara, they envision the famous inventor’s creation energizing tourists of the future.

    The group is trying to establish a museum dedicated to the work of Nikola Tesla and the Niagara Falls Power Company.

    Honouring a pioneer

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    As a young boy, Nikola Tesla saw an image of the Horseshoe Falls in a travel book and told his uncle he wanted to put a wheel under the falls to harness the power of the moving water.

    A bronze statue of the brilliant inventor has stood guard at the same point where that photograph was taken since 2006.

    The monument shows Tesla in a long overcoat, carrying a top hat in his left hand. In his right hand, he’s carrying a cane, depicting the moment he conceived of alternating current by drawing diagrams on the ground.

    He’s standing atop an AC motor, one of the 300 inventions he patented.

    Tesla’s most outstanding feat was harnessing the power of Niagara Falls for long distance transmission of electricity.

    Niagara Falls tunnel opens

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    From Niagara This Week:

    A new hydro tunnel at Niagara Falls officially gushed water Thursday, cranking up electricity production at the Sir Adam Beck Generating Station.

    The 10.2-kilometre tunnel, which is 14.4 metres in diameter, was formally feted by energy minister Bob Chiarelli and Tom Mitchell, chief executive of Ontario Power Generation.

    Ceremony slated for N. Falls tunnel

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    From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

    The Ontario Energy Commissioner, Chris Bentley, is expected to be on hand for a ceremony next Thursday marking the completion of the new hydroelectric tunnel under the city of Niagara Falls.

    The massive project took six years to complete. Bentley will be there for the last pour of concrete on the project.

    Niagara Tunnel on target for December 2013 opening

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    At $1.6 billion, it’s one of the biggest construction projects ever in Niagara. And in just more than a year, it should be done.

    The Niagara Tunnel Project will help carry more water from the upper Niagara River to the Sir Adam Beck generating station, providing enough hydroelectricity to power 160,000 homes each year.

    It was originally supposed to be completed at the end of 2009, but that date along with the initial $1-billion cost figure ($600 million for the tunnel itself), went out the window when Big Becky, the world’s largest hard rock tunnel boring machine, ran into tougher-than expected rock conditions along the 10-kilometre route.

    The tunnel boring wrapped up in May 2011 and now the work being done is to line the 14.4-metre-diameter walls with concrete.

    World’s largest tunnel boring machine finishes drilling under Niagara Falls

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    From the Canadian Press:

    Amid much fanfare, rubble and dust, the world’s largest rock tunnel boring machine made a breakthrough deep below Niagara Falls, Ont., Friday and finally saw the light of day.

    The massive, 4,000-tonne machine, called Big Becky, had been boring a 10.2-kilometre long, 14.4-metre high tunnel under the city since 2006.

    Crowds of workers, politicians, executives and students cheered when, after 45 minutes of drilling, falling rocks gave way to the giant boring machine.

    “At the outset the challenge was, in a word, intimidating,” said Premier Dalton McGuinty, who was on hand for the event.

    “Lots of people from lots of places have gone over the Falls in barrels, only Ontarians have gone under them.”

    Big Becky to surface this spring

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    After four years of underground burrowing, Big Becky is about to surface near Niagara Falls.

    Big Becky is the nicknmame of the tunnel-boring machine digging a 10-km tunnel under the city of Niagara Falls that will bring more water to the Sir Adam Beck hydroelectric generators.

    “If all goes well, we’ll be breaking through the other side in April,” said Tom Mitchell, president of Ontario Power Generation, the provincially owned company responsible for producing electricity.

    The Niagara Power Project turns 50

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    From the Buffalo News:

    A small army of men and machines moved into Niagara Falls and Lewiston half a century ago to build the $720 million Niagara Power Project that forever changed the face of the lower Niagara River gorge and ignited unending debate over the project itself, the allocation of electricity and the project’s legacy.

    As remembered in today’s Buffalo News Niagara Weekend section, Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller flipped a symbolic red-handled switch at 11:35 a.m. on Feb. 10, 1961, that formally put into service the largest water-driven power complex in the free world.

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