TransAlta Releases 2008 Annual Report

Mar 16, 2009

Annual disclosure documents now available online

CALGARY, Alberta (March 16, 2009) – TransAlta Corporation (TSX: TA; NYSE: TAC) announced today its 2008 Annual Report, including Audited Consolidated Financial Statements, Management’s Discussion and Analysis (MD&A), and accompanying notes for the year ended December 31, 2008, are now available online at These documents along with the Management Proxy Circular and Annual Information Form are available for download in the Investor Relations section of the website. Hard copies will be available after April 1, free of charge upon request by contacting the Investor Relations department at 1-800-387-3598 or in writing to:

TransAlta Corporation
Investor Relations
Box 1900, Station “M”
110 – 12 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2P 3L8

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Copies of these documents (other than the Form 40-F) have been filed with the relevant securities regulators on the Canadian Securities Administrators’ website at (SEDAR); the Form 40-F is posted on the EDGAR section of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s website. Access it by clicking here.

TransAlta’s year-end summary disclosure was provided on January 29, 2009 in the fourth quarter and year-end results news release. Notice of the Annual Meeting of Shareholder and Management Proxy Circular will be mailed with the 2008 Annual Report to TransAlta shareholders in early April.

On Thursday, April 30, TransAlta will hold its Annual Meeting of Shareholders at 11:00 a.m. Mountain (1:00 pm Eastern). The meeting will be held at the Calgary Stampede Roundup Centre, Boyce Theatre in Calgary, Alberta. There will be a question and answer session for the media immediately after the meeting. The annual meeting will be broadcast via webcast and conference call and details will be provided in early April.

TransAlta is a power generation and wholesale marketing company focused on creating long-term shareholder value. We maintain a low-to-moderate risk profile by operating a highly contracted portfolio of assets in Canada, the United States and Australia. Our focus is to efficiently operate our coal-fired, gas-fired, hydro and renewable facilities in order to provide our customers with a reliable, low-cost source of power. For nearly 100 years, we’ve been a responsible operator and a proud contributor to the communities where we work and live. TransAlta is recognized for its leadership on sustainability by the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index, the FTSE4Good Index and the Jantzi Social Index.

This news release may contain forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the business and anticipated financial performance of TransAlta Corporation. These statements are based on TransAlta Corporation’s belief and assumptions based on information available at the time the assumption was made. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Some of the factors that could cause such differences include legislative or regulatory developments, competition, global capital markets activity, changes in prevailing interest rates, currency exchange rates, inflation levels and general economic conditions in geographic areas where TransAlta Corporation operates.

Note: All financial figures are in Canadian dollars unless noted otherwise.

For more information:

Media Inquiries:

Michael Lawrence
Manager, External Relations
Phone: (403) 267-7330

Investor Inquiries:

Jennifer Pierce
Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations
Phone: (403) 267-7622
Fax: (403) 267-2590

Jess Nieukerk
Manager, Investor Relations
Phone: (403) 267-3607