New turbine powers up Alberta



    EDMONTON, March 10 /CNW/ - A new 43.4-megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired
turbine is now in operation at EPCOR's Clover Bar Energy Centre, helping to
meet Alberta's growing demand for electricity.
    "EPCOR is committed to providing competitively priced, safe, reliable
power to Albertans," said Jim Oosterbaan, Senior Vice-President, EPCOR
Alberta. "The Clover Bar Energy Centre is delivering a new source of
electricity to Alberta's power grid at a time of much-needed supply."
    In January 2008, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) reported
that provincial demand for electricity had reached an all time high. According
to AESO, electricity consumption in Alberta has grown by 29% since 2000 with a
year over year average load growth of 3.2% each year for the last five years.
    "The new unit can power up from standstill to full load in ten minutes,"
Oosterbaan added. "This gives EPCOR the flexibility to respond to sudden
changes in supply and demand, including demand peaks that occur during hot and
cold weather."
    The General Electric LM 6000 unit now in operation is the first of three
new turbines being installed at Clover Bar. The net capacity upon completion
will be 243.4 MW. The installation of two 100 MW General Electric LMS 100
units is planned for completion in 2010.
    "The new high-efficiency units use 85% less water per megawatt hour (MWh)
than the four turbines in the old Clover Bar plant," said Oosterbaan.
"Combined, the new turbines will also produce about 70% less nitrogen oxides
per MWh of electricity generated at full capacity, compared to the old plant."
    The former Clover Bar Generating Station, originally installed in the
1960s and 1970s, is in the process of being decommissioned by EPCOR.

    About EPCOR Utilities Inc.

    EPCOR Utilities Inc. builds, owns and/or operates power plants,
electrical transmission and distribution networks, water and wastewater
treatment facilities and infrastructure in Canada and the United States. EPCOR
has been named one of Canada's Top 100 employers for eight consecutive years,
and is headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta. EPCOR's web site is www.epcor.ca.

    Forward-looking Information

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context, words such as "will", "anticipate", "believe", "plan", "intend",
"target" and "expect" or similar words suggest future outcomes. By their
nature, such statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties,
which could cause EPCOR's actual results and experience to be materially
different than the anticipated results. Such risks and uncertainties include,
but are not limited to, operating performance, commodity prices and volumes,
load settlement, regulatory and government decisions including changes to
environmental and tax legislation, weather and economic conditions,
competitive pressures, construction risks, availability and cost of financing,
foreign exchange risks, availability of labour and management resources and
the performance of partners, contractors and suppliers.
    Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking
statements as actual results could differ materially from the plans,
expectations, estimates or intentions expressed in the forward-looking
statements. Except as required by law, EPCOR disclaims any intention and
assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement even if new
information becomes available, as a result of future events or for any other
reason.





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For further information: Tim le Riche, (780) 969-8238, cell (780)
721-2013

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