The Taylor hydro facility is located near Magrath, Alberta. It is constructed adjacent to the Taylor Coulee Chute, about 40 kilometres south of Lethbridge.

The plant diverts a portion of the flow from the irrigation canal to its turbine to produce 13 megawatts of electric power, operating during the six-month irrigation season each year from April to October. It generates an average of 45,000 megawatt hours annually.

Taylor is a merchant plant and sells its power directly to the Power Pool of Alberta.

TransAlta owns and operates the Taylor facility through its wholly owned subsidiary Canadian Hydro Developers.

At a Glance

  • Technology: Horizontal Kaplan turbines, GE generator

Environmental Highlights

  • Protection of the environment is an important part of our hydro power business, as is responsible water use. We continually work with environmental and community groups to ensure habitats are protected, and that all users’ needs are heard.
  • The Taylor hydro facility is EcoLogoM certified by the Environmental Choice Program.