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TransAlta and Pembina enter into a PPA for Garden Plain wind project

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TransAlta Corporation, developer, owner and operator of electrical power generation assets in Canada, announced this Tuesday it has entered into a Power Purchase Agreement with Pembina Pipeline Corporation, for the Garden Plain wind project.

Firstly, Pembina is a leading transportation and midstream service provider with more than 65 years of experience. Under the PPA, Pembina will offtake 100 megawatts of the proposed 130MW Garden Plain project.

Secondly, Garden Plain will be located approximately 30 km north of Hanna, Alberta. Apart from the 100MW offtake, Pembina will also receive environmental attributes for the 18-year period of the PPA.

Thirdly, the PPA will begin with the Commercial Operation Date of the wind project. The beginning of construction activities is expected by the fall of 2021, and with a commercial operation date by the second half of 2022. TransAlta will build, own and operate the facility. TransAlta’s total investment for it is around $195 million.

Moreover, the Garden Plain wind project will consist of 26 Siemens-Gamesa SGRE SG-145 turbines. The remaining 30MW of power is currently marketed by TransAlta to commercial and industrial electricity customers looking to reduce the carbon intensity of their operations.

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Although those 30MW are not sold or commercially secured by any company, the excess energy will be offered into the merchant wholesale power market in Alberta.

On the other hand, about the partnership, John Kousinioris, CEO of TransAlta, said. “TransAlta is excited to partner with a great Alberta-based company like Pembina to make the Garden Plain project a reality.”

He also remarked. “The delivery of low cost, reliable and also clean energy solutions in support of our customer’s sustainability goals; and also, commitments is a cornerstone of our strategy. Pembina is also a leader in this space and the perfect customer and partner for our next Alberta wind facility.”

Finally, Mick Dilger, CEO of Pembina, said. “Pembina views power purchase agreements as an effective tool to support development of renewable energy infrastructure; also, lower emissions and support the transition to a lower carbon energy system.

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