The Brazeau Plant is TransAlta’s largest hydro plant. It is one of two TransAlta hydro plants on the North Saskatchewan River System in Alberta. It generates an average of 397,000 megawatt hours.
The plant was named for Joseph Brazeau, a linguist and employee of the historic Hudson Bay Company. Brazeau helped with the Palliser Expedition, which completed the first major survey of the prairies.
TransAlta’s hydroelectric plants primarily provide electricity during periods of peak electrical demand and ensure system stability. Their operating flexibility means they can start quickly to introduce hydro power within minutes, balancing out shortages due to unexpected outages, or providing power at times of high demand.
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.
We are also working to enhance the environmental component of our Environment, Health & Safety Management System to meet ISO 14001 standards (ISO 14001 is an international standard setting the framework for a holistic and strategic approach to environmental policy, plans and actions).
Facts & Figures
- Location: Drayton Valley, AB
- Fuel: Hydro
- Capacity (MW): 355
- Ownership: 100%
- Operator: Yes
- First on-stream: 1965
- Revenue Source: Alberta PPA
- Builder: Yes
- Contract Expiry: 2020