CALGARY, Oct. 26 /CNW/ - ENMAX Energy is pleased to announce its
intention to build and operate up to 120 megawatts (MW) of clean, natural
gas-fired power generation near Crossfield, located about 10 kms north of
Airdrie. The Crossfield Energy Centre is scheduled to be generating
electricity mid 2009.
In a statement released today, Gary Holden, CEO of ENMAX Energy said:
"The proposed Crossfield Energy Centre will bring several benefits:
- It will help the Alberta Electric System Operator in its task of
ensuring adequate power for Southern Alberta.
- It will help to keep electricity costs as low as possible for ENMAX
Energy's customers by reducing their exposure to volatile energy
- As a rapid-response, natural gas-fired facility, it will help
stabilize the province's southern transmission grid and thereby
support the introduction of further wind farms.
- It also will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing
transmission line losses from coal-fired stations in central
As a "peaking" facility, the Crossfield Energy Centre will be designed to
meet periods of high electrical demand, which generally occur in the daytime
during periods of high summer heat or low winter temperatures. Depending on
weather and customer demand, the Centre is expected to operate about 15 to 45
per cent of the time.
ENMAX is committed to timely and meaningful consultation with
stakeholders and being an excellent corporate neighbour in the community.
ENMAX will work in a collaborative and responsive manner to share information
about the proposed Crossfield Energy Centre and listen to, understand and
address any stakeholder issues.
ENMAX Energy is continuing to make good progress on the planned 1,200 MW
plant near Calgary, announced in April. In the period since then, the vendor
selection process has started and a site location announcement is planned for
within three months.
Please visit the Crossfield Energy Centre website at
www.enmax.com/crossfield for more information.
ENMAX Energy Corporation, a subsidiary of ENMAX Corporation, is Alberta's
leading competitive electricity retailer. In addition to electricity, ENMAX
Energy provides natural gas, renewable energy and value-added services to
residential, commercial and industrial customers throughout Alberta. ENMAX
Energy contracts low-cost reliable electricity from the Keephills and Battle
River coal-fired plants and meets peak demand through a long term agreement
with the natural gas fired Calgary Energy Centre. Through a subsidiary, it is
one of Alberta's largest investors in renewable energy with 50 per cent
ownership of the McBride Lake Wind Farm and 100 per cent ownership of the
Taber Wind Farm. ENMAX Energy has the largest green power marketing program of
its kind in Canada and in 2006, received the Consumer Champion Award for its
ground-breaking EasyMax(R) program. For more information, visit our website at
You can choose any retailer listed at www.ucahelps.gov.ab.ca or at
310-4822. Electricity delivery to your home or business isn't affected by your
choice of retailer.
For further information:
For further information: Peter Hunt VP, Public Affairs, ENMAX Energy,
Ph: (403) 689-6150