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TransAlta celebrates 1000MW of installed wind capacity in Canada


October 24, 2010
By Anthony Capkun

By the end of 2010, TransAlta Corp. says it will become the first company to own and operate more than 1000 megawatts of installed wind capacity in Canada—30% of the country’s total.

“In less than 10 years, TransAlta has gone from zero to 1000 MW to be
Canada’s largest producer of wind power,” said Steve Snyder, TransAlta
president and CEO. “I would like to thank the communities that support
our sustainability efforts plus our employees for their hard work and
commitment. With their support and dedication, TransAlta now has 18
commercial wind facilities across Canada in Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and
New Brunswick.”

“Currently, wind powers more than one million homes in Canada, but we
are still only scratching the surface of Canada’s enormous wind energy
potential,” said Robert Hornung, president of CanWEA (Canadian Wind
Energy Association). “The rapid pace of wind energy development presents
a significant opportunity for Canadian manufacturers, service
providers, landowners and rural municipalities. Canada can be a global
leader in creating green-collar jobs and clean energy.”

TransAlta’s future wind development plans include new facilities in New Brunswick, Quebec and Saskatchewan.

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