CALGARY, April 19 /CNW/ - ENMAX Energy today announced its intention to
build a major generation plant in southern Alberta to serve its growing
customer base. The new power plant will provide enough electricity for about
two thirds of Calgary's requirements. It will be using the best available gas
technology and would produce 50% less CO2 than current coal plants.
In a statement released today, Gary Holden, CEO of ENMAX Energy said:
"We need to secure lower cost 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
Our vision is that our customers will have access to state-of-the-
art, environmentally sensitive generation across the province that
will optimize existing infrastructure. This plant will become the
template for future plants in Alberta because it is cleaner and
can be located closer to customers.
Alberta will need additional capacity of up to 3,800 MWs during the
next 10 years and ENMAX is hopeful that most of it will be either
wind, hydro or clean burning fuel situated close to the customer,
such as this plant.
The first phase of the plant can be built within three years, subject
to finalizing construction contracts and regulatory matters.
Fortunately this technology can be built quickly as most of the
equipment is off-the-shelf. Location for the plant is confidential
as alternatives are currently being evaluated.
This project will present solutions to several existing Alberta
1. It will help firm up the southern transmission grid, which will
contribute greatly to the development of additional wind farms,
by assisting in overcoming the challenge of intermittent
2. It will open the door for greater export capacity and more wind
3. It will have a dramatic impact in reducing electricity line
losses, bringing benefits to all Albertans.
4. It will go a long way to meeting the Province's CO2 intensity
targets for 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 a very important step in that direction.
In light of this announcement and in view of the ongoing proceedings
in the proposed 500kv line between Edmonton and Calgary, we want to
take this opportunity to clarify our position with respect to the
500 kV line. We agree the line will enhance system reliability and
its development is consistent with the requirements of the
Transmission Regulation. We are therefore fully supportive of the
500kv facility currently under review, and recognize the need for its
construction. We will be very happy to see this plant and the North-
South transmission line working together for system security in the
Southern part of Alberta."
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 EasyMaxTM 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, (403)