ENMAX bolsters southern Alberta electricity supplies with new Shepard Energy Centre



    CALGARY, March 20 /CNW/ - ENMAX Energy is pleased to announce the choice
of a site for its natural gas-fired 1,000 MW power generation facility that
will provide enough electricity for about two thirds of Calgary's
requirements. It is scheduled to be generating electricity in late 2011.
    The Shepard Energy Centre will be located on the east side of Calgary in
an industrially-designated area just south of Glenmore Trail and approximately
1.8 km east of 84th Street SE. The site is about 2 km northeast of Shepard,
directly adjacent to an industrial park and existing 240 kV transmission
lines.
    The facility will be using the best available gas technology and will
emit up to 50% less CO(2) per MW than current coal plants in Alberta.
    ENMAX is committed to timely and meaningful consultation with
stakeholders and to being an excellent corporate neighbour in the community.
ENMAX will work in a collaborative and responsive manner to share information
about the proposed Shepard Energy Centre and listen to, understand and
consider any stakeholder issues.
    In a statement released today, Gary Holden, CEO of ENMAX Energy said:

    "As Calgary's electricity demand continues to grow, we need to build
    cleaner generation facilities that are closer to the city, that have less
    impact on the environment than current coal-fired plants, are not
    vulnerable to long distance transmission lines that are increasingly
    difficult to build and are vulnerable to weather disruption at the times
    when power is most needed.

    We also need to assure that we have secured cost efficient sources of new
    electricity for our EasyMax customers when they come to renew their
    contracts. We have a responsibility to continue to seek the best overall
    resources for our customer base.

    Our vision is that our customers across the province will have access to
    state-of-the-art, incrementally cleaner than coal generation that will
    optimize existing infrastructure. This plant will become the template for
    future plants in Alberta because it is cleaner than coal and can be
    located closer to customers.

    This project offers solutions to several existing Alberta system issues:

    
    1. It stabilizes the southern Alberta power transmission grid. Power
       generation facilities that can quickly ramp up to meet customer demand
       will aid in the development of additional wind farms that are
       challenged by intermittent production.

    2. It opens the door for greater export capacity and more wind generation
       overall.

    3. By locating the facility closer to the demand for electricity, the
       need to transport electricity over long distances is reduced, and
       results in a dramatic impact in reducing electricity transmission line
       losses, bringing benefits to all Albertans.

    4. It goes a long way to reducing the province's CO(2) emissions
       intensity from the electricity sector.
    

    Our long term plan is to have 100% of our customers' needs matched by
renewable energy, cogeneration or the best available clean coal or gas
technology by the time current power purchase agreements are terminated. This
project is an important step in that direction."

    Please visit the Shepard Energy Centre website at www.enmax.com/shepard
for more information.

    ENMAX Energy Corporation, a subsidiary of ENMAX Corporation, is Alberta's
leading competitive electricity retailer. ENMAX Energy also provides natural
gas and value-added services to residential, commercial and industrial
customers throughout Alberta. ENMAX Energy is one of Alberta's largest
investors in renewable energy with partial ownership of the McBride Lake Wind
Farm and complete ownership of the Taber Wind Farm. ENMAX Energy's Greenmax
was one of the first green power marketing programs in Canada, and celebrates
its 10th anniversary in 2008. Visit our website at enmaxenergy.com.
    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: or interviews contact the ENMAX Media Line at
(403) 689-6150

Organization Profile

ENMAX Corporation

More on this organization


Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890