Collaboration

The signing of the TransAlta Energy Transition Bill in early 2011 represents significant collaboration among policymakers, environmentalist, labor leaders and TransAlta USA around the common goal of reducing emissions from energy production without unduly disrupting the local economy. Through all sides listening to each other’s concerns and setting realistic expectations, an agreement was established that works […]

The signing of the TransAlta Energy Transition Bill in early 2011 represents significant collaboration among policymakers, environmentalist, labor leaders and TransAlta USA around the common goal of reducing emissions from energy production without unduly disrupting the local economy. Through all sides listening to each other’s concerns and setting realistic expectations, an agreement was established that works for everyone and provides opportunities for the company to plan long-term growth across the Pacific Northwest.

The bill provides for the orderly transition of the Centralia plant from coal in 2020 and 2025, and allows TransAlta USA to grow and maintain our presence in the power market while protecting jobs and the community with the $55 million we have set aside to assist with the transition. We are uniquely suited to fill the need for replacement generation with plans to construct a new large-scale natural gas plant at the existing Centralia site.

$55 million community development, energy efficiency investment moving ahead

On July 30, 2015 TransAlta announced it is moving ahead with plans to invest $55 million over 10 years to support energy efficiency, economic and community development, and education and retraining initiatives in Washington State. The initiative is part of TransAlta Centralia’s transition from coal-fired operations in Washington, beginning in December 31, 2020.

The $55 million will be managed by three funding boards to support the employees, community and Washington State:

Weatherization Board ($10 million): The Weatherization Fund supports projects in Lewis County and South Thurston County, Washington with businesses, nonprofit organizations and local governments to improve and promote energy efficiency, conservation and weather proofing — for example, through the installation of improved insulation, better windows, weather stripping, more efficient water heaters, appliances and lighting systems. Other projects that may qualify could include more efficient lighting and ventilation or installation of solar panels.

Economic and Community Development Board ($20 million): The Economic and Community Development Fund supports projects to educate and retrain workers in Lewis and South Thurston counties, with a special emphasis on the needs of community members affected by the eventual closure of the coal-fired electric generating facility in Centralia, Washington. It also provides grants for projects that enhance economic opportunities and community partnerships that benefit and strengthen the region.

Energy Technology Board ($25 million): The Energy Technology Fund supports projects in Washington State that benefit clean energy, air quality or the environment. Eligible projects could include green energy technologies, alternative fuels, and other products or processes that increase conservation or minimize pollution.

For more information on the funding boards, visit www.cctgrants.com.