Growth

TransAlta began operations in the United States in 2000, with the purchase of the Centralia Facility in Washington state. Today, we have a global team of technical experts committed to operational excellence and the production of clean and affordable energy. With diversified operations that include Energy Marketing and power generation in the U.S. across 3 fuel […]

TransAlta began operations in the United States in 2000, with the purchase of the Centralia Facility in Washington state. Today, we have a global team of technical experts committed to operational excellence and the production of clean and affordable energy. With diversified operations that include Energy Marketing and power generation in the U.S. across 3 fuel types, we have established a solid platform for growth and a reliable service offering for our customers. We have 3 U.S. plants that have the capacity to produce reliable energy from sources including hydro, coal and wind.

With the passage of the TransAlta Energy Transition Bill in the 2011 Washington state legislative session, Centralia’s two coal-fired units will be decommissioned in succession no later than 2020 and 2025. This opens an opportunity for the development of a natural-gas fired plant at the Centralia site in the coming years.

To assist TransAlta in transitioning from coal power, the bill provides the ability to enter into long-term supply agreements for power generation at the site. At the same time the bill allows for streamlined environmental permitting for new gas-fired or other types of electrical generation to replace the current baseload facility.

The Centralia 3 project develops replacement power for the current 1,340-megawatt capacity Centralia coal-fired plant and would fall under the streamlined permitting language. The proposed new natural gas plant is assumed initially as a roughly one-for-one replacement of Centralia’s 670 megawatt coal-fired Unit 1. The primary permitting agency for Centralia 3 is the Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council. The legislation provides TransAlta with an expedited permitting process which eliminates the need for an expensive and lengthy EIS process.

TransAlta is committed to sustainable growth opportunities, and providing affordable, reliable power through long-term contracts with a focus on the markets and technologies TransAlta knows best. TransAlta has been recognized for leading many growth initiatives based on market fundamentals and sustainable development practices. Grow sustainably. Partner with TransAlta and they”ll show you how.