CALGARY, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - Today marks the official opening of Alberta's
largest wind energy operation - ENMAX Corporation's Taber Wind Farm. Developed
by ENMAX Green Power Inc., and costing nearly $140 million, the 37 Enercon
turbines located southeast of the town of Taber have a total generation output
of 80 MW - or enough energy to power approximately 32,000 homes. The
Government of Canada will contribute about $19 million over ten years towards
the production of electricity from the wind farm.
"The official opening of the Taber Wind Farm is a milestone event for
ENMAX and for wind energy in the province of Alberta", noted ENMAX Corporation
President and CEO Gary Holden. "It underscores our abiding commitment to
supply Albertans with clean, sustainable sources of energy, and further
enhances our position as an environmental leader."
"The Taber Wind Farm is playing a meaningful role in changing Alberta's
energy industry by increasing the supply of renewable energy to the province",
said Bob Mills, Member of Parliament for Red Deer, Alberta on behalf of the
Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources. "It's also a great
example of our government and industry working together. These collaborations
are important if we want to achieve our goal, which is supplying clean,
renewable energy to all Canadians."
"Projects of this magnitude are never undertaken without support", Holden
continued. "The project might never have made it past the concept stage
without the City of Calgary's commitment to purchasing output over the next 20
years." The Taber Wind Farm has 100% of its output fully purchased by the City
"We are resolute in our commitment to reduce Calgary's ecological
footprint" added Calgary Mayor Dave Bronconnier. "Assuring a long-term energy
supply from a renewable source like Taber makes good economic sense for
Calgarians and good environmental sense for Canadians."
With the addition of power generated at the Taber Wind Farm, Calgary
becomes the only major city in Canada to draw at least three-quarters of its
electricity from green power. Its agreement is the largest green-power usage
commitment (262,500 MWh) of any municipality in North America, which means
it's setting an example for the world.
Demonstrating their close collaboration, Government of Canada, Government
of Alberta and City of Calgary officials, as well as industry representatives
and officers of ENMAX Corporation, were on hand at the Taber Wind Farm
location for official opening celebrations.
ENMAX Corporation and its predecessors have provided Albertans with safe
and reliable electricity for 100 years. ENMAX provides electricity, natural
gas, renewable energy and value-added services to more than 500,000
residential, commercial and industrial customer accounts in Alberta through
its subsidiary companies. 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 enmax.com.
For further information:
For further information: regarding ENMAX and the Taber Wind Farm: Peter
Hunt, Vice President, Public Affairs, ENMAX Corporation, Phone: (403)
689-6150; For information regarding NRCan: Louise Girouard, Director of
Communications, Office of the Minister, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa,
Phone: (613) 996-2007