80 MW Wind Power for Calgary

Enmax has received regulatory and government approval to build and operate an 80 MW wind power-generating facility in the Municipal District of Taber in southern Alberta. Construction is expected to begin in April 2006, at a cost of approximately $140 million. Completion is due by the first quarter of 2007.

“We’re making this investment in response to increasing customer demand for cleaner energy,” said Gary Holden, Enmax President and CEO. “We already have the largest green power marketing program in Canada, and this news reinforces our commitment to meet people’s needs for cleaner energy.” The Taber Wind Power generation facility will employ a technologically advanced wind turbine design supplied by Enercon, a German manufacturer. The 37 Enercon turbines will have a total power output of more than 80 MW, enough to power more than 32,000 homes. The McBride Lake Wind Farm, of which Enmax owns 50/50 with VisionQuest, consists of 114 turbines for a total power output of 75 MW. A key element of the Enmax wind power facility will be a 20-year supply agreement with The City of Calgary. The City has agreed to purchase 100 percent of its electricity with a long-term goal of having more than 75 percent of municipal government operations of The City of Calgary provided by renewable resources. “We are happy to work with Enmax on this project and enhance our role as a leader in environmental stewardship in Canada,” said Dave Bronconnier, Mayor, City of Calgary. “By securing the output of the Taber wind power facility, the City of Calgary will have three-quarters of its electricity supplied from green power — more than any other city in the country.” Enmax provides electricity, natural gas, renewable energy and value-added services to more than 435,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Alberta. In addition to owning 50 percent of the McBride Lake Wind Farm — one of Canada’s largest wind farms.
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