Enmax to build new wind power facility at Taber
CALGARY, ALTA-An 80-megawatt (MW), $140-million wind power project to be built and operated by Enmax will be a key element in helping Calgary meet its long-term goal of obtaining at least 75% of its power supply from renewable energy sources. Construction of the wind power generating facility in the southern Alberta community of Taber is expected to begin later this year and be completed by the end of 2006. Under a 20-year supply agreement with Enmax, the city of Calgary has agreed to purchase 100% of the electricity and renewable energy certificates from the Taber wind power facility. This deal is part of a long term goal of having more than 75% Calgary's power needs provided by renewable power. "With these commitments, we will be the only city in Canada to draw three-quarters of its electricity from green power," said Calary Mayor Dave Bronconnier. "Calgary is Canada's energy capital-that includes renewable energy," he added. The Taber facility will consist of 37 wind turbines of a technologically advanced design, supplied by Enercon, a German manufacturer. The 37 Enercon turbines will have a total power output in excess of 80 MW. By comparison, the 114 turbines at the McBride Lake wind farm, of which Enmax is a 50% owner, have a total power output of 75MW. This project is pending regulatory approval and other detailed arrangements. Enmax is wholly owned by the city of Calgary. More information is available on the Enmax Web site, www.enmax.com.