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McBride Lake wind facility is a joint venture between ENMAX, through its wholly owned subsidiary ENMAX Generation Portfolio Inc., and TransAlta. ENMAX and TransAlta are equal partners in the wind facility, located eight kilometres south of Fort Macleod at McBride Lake. TransAlta operates the facility and ENMAX purchases the electrical output. In addition, the project is supported by the federal government's Wind Power Production Incentive (WPPI) program.
Construction on McBride Lake began in fall 2002 and was completed in summer of 2003. The facility is made up of 114 Vestas, 660 kW wind turbines. This 75-megawatt facility produces 235,000 megawatt hours a year, enough to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 164,500 tonnes annually.
Note: TransAlta gratefully acknowledges Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) for its support for this project through the Wind Power Production Incentive (WPPI) program.