TransAlta Expands Canadian Wind Power Project

TransAlta amended its power purchase agreement (PPA) with New Brunswick Power from 75 megawatts (MW) to 96 MW, and will buy Canadian Hydro’s Vector Wind Energy for its Fairfield Hill wind power site.

“We are pleased to add to our planned Kent Hills project facility,” said Steve Snyder, President and CEO of TransAlta, which just increased its total capital costs for the Kent Hills wind power project from $40 million to $170 million. “Wind power is an integral part of our growth plan as well as a key component of our renewable energy commitment.”

TransAlta will install seven more wind turbines at its Kent Hills site, resulting in 32 wind turbines, producing 96 MW. The project is subject to regulatory and environmental approvals. Construction of the expanded Kent Hills site is expected to begin by early 2008 with commercial operations beginning by the end of the same year.

Once complete, the Kent Hills wind farm will provide 280,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) per year — using 32, 3.0 MW wind turbines purchased from Vestas-Canada Wind Technology Inc. for wind power turbines. With this expanded facility, TransAlta will operate approximately 280 MW of wind-generated power in Canada.

“New Brunswick is an excellent market for future opportunities,” Snyder added.

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