Enmax gets go-ahead to build Taber wind power facility
Enmax has received regulatory and government approval for the construction and operation of its 80-megawatt (MW) wind power generating facility in the southern Alberta municipal district of Taber. Work on the $140-million project is expected to begin in April, with completion slated for the first quarter of 2007.
In addition to approval from the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB), the Taber wind power generation project also underwent an environmental assessment in accordance with Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency guidelines. The company, which is wholly owned by the city of Calgary, also worked closely with local officials in Taber throughout the approval process. Taber reeve Hank Van Beers called the project "a tremendous boost to our local community."
A key element of the Enmax wind power facility will be a 20-year supply agreement with the city of Calgary, which has agreed to purchase 100% of the facility's output. This will move the city further toward its long-term goal of having more than 75% of the energy needs of municipal government operations met by renewable resources.
"By securing the output of the Taber wind power facility, the City of Calgary will have three-quarters of its electricity supplied from green power - more than any other city in the country," said Calgary mayor Dave Bronconnier.
The Taber wind power generation facility will employ a technologically advanced wind turbine design supplied by Enercon, a German manufacturer. The 37 Enercon turbines will have a total power output of over 80 MW, compared with the McBride Lake wind farm (jointly owned by Enmax and VisionQuest in a 50/50 partnership), whose 114 turbines have a total power output of 75MW.
Enmax serves more than 435,000 industrial, commercial and residential customers in Alberta, providing electricity, natural gas, renewable energy and value-added services through its subsidiary companies. The company says its green marketing program is the first and largest program of its kind in Canada.
More information is available from Judy Duncan at Enmax, 403/689-6137, or on-line at www.enmax.com.