More Wind Power Comes Alive In Canada

Canada’s largest producer of wind power is an even bigger player in the sector now, expanding one plant and building a new one to boost its capacity by a total of 123 megawatts (MWs). TransAlta said the new Ardenville Wind Facility, outside Fort MacLeod, Alberta, and Kent Hills II near Moncton, New Brunswick, brings its wind portfolio to 1,073 MW.

TransAlta announced the commissioning of the new capacity as snow and ice bears down in the Great White North, a fact alluded to in their press release. “We continue to deliver our wind projects on time and on budget despite challenges like extreme winter,” said Steve Snyder, president and CEO.

Wind power plant, Kent Hills, New Brunswick, TransAlta

image via Energy Hub New Brunswick

Based in Calgary, TransAlta started in hydroelectricity in the early 1900s and over the course of the 20th century expanded into gas and coal. But in the past decade, wind has become a growing part of its business – in fact, it now makes up the single biggest aspect of its 2,155 MWs of renewables, with hydroelectric now trailing at 893 MW.

TransAlta said the new capacity at Ardenville and Kent Hills will generate enough energy to meet the needs of a total of about 20,000 homes.

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.