The Madawaska Dam and Hydroelectric Generating Station are designated a Local Historic Place for having been in uninterrupted operation for nearly a century and for their role in the economy of Edmundston.
Considered historic monuments of the city of Edmundston, the Dam is the second oldest dam and hydroelectric generating station in the region, after the ones in Grand Falls. They have produced a continuous supply of energy for almost a century. Featuring a run-of-the-river plant, they were built in 1917 by Fraser Ltd. to supply its pulp mill with energy. They form part of the energy production facilities of the City of Edmundston, the only city in New Brunswick that produces a portion of its own electricity.
The Station are also recognized for their role in the economy of the Edmundston region, having enabled the Fraser Mill to perform efficiently during its first years of operation, thus guaranteeing jobs for its many employees from Edmundston. They also enabled the municipality to operate smoothly thanks to agreements with Fraser Ltd., which supplied Edmundston with the energy it lacked.
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