Centralia, Washington

Take a behind the scenes look at what our employees are doing to ensure that turning on a light switch at home or work across Washington state gets the same result, every time. Centralia’s plant is Washington state’s largest baseload power source providing reliability and stability to the electrical grid.  The plant has a net capacity […]

Take a behind the scenes look at what our employees are doing to ensure that turning on a light switch at home or work across Washington state gets the same result, every time.

Centralia’s plant is Washington state’s largest baseload power source providing reliability and stability to the electrical grid.  The plant has a net capacity of 1,340 megawatts and provides about 10 percent of Washington state’s power.  Since acquiring the facility in 2000, TransAlta has invested more than $300 million in pollution control technology, including scrubbers, low nitrogen dioxide burners, injected mercury capture technology and installation of selective noncatalytic reduction pollution control technology.  In April 2011, the TransAlta Energy Transition bill was signed into law, putting into place the agreement reached by TransAlta, environmental groups, labor and legislators to transition off coal without unduly disrupting the local economy.  Of the two units at the Centralia coal plant, one will retire in 2020 and the last in 2025.

TransAlta USA’s key objectives include;

  • continued efficient and reliable operations at the Centralia coal plant and our other US assets
  • development and marketing to sell long-term contracts for Centralia after the signing of the TransAlta Energy Transition Bill
  • Growing our assets in the United States through acquisitions and development

Centralia’s continued operations must remain strong and reliable to be able to sustain acquisitions and development opportunities.

Take a behind-the-scenes look at what our employees are doing to ensure that turning on a light switch at home or work across our state gets the same result, every time.

 

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