Keephills power station

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{{#badges: CoalSwarm| Navbar-Canadacoal}} Keephills is a coal-fired power station owned and operated by TransAlta near Wabamun, Alberta in Canada.

Owner TransAlta said it plans to convert the power station's Units 1-2 from coal-fired generation to gas-fired generation in the 2021 to 2023 timeframe, for use until the mid-2030s.[1]


The power plant is located 70 kilometers west of Edmonton, Alberta and five kilometers south of Wabamun Lake.[2]

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The station consists of the following units:

  • Unit 1 and 2 are each 403 MW unit operated and owned by TransAlta. They were commissioned in 1983.[3]
  • Unit 3 is a 495 MW supercritical unit, built as a joint venture between TransAlta and Capital Power Corporation. Construction on the plant began in February 2007.[4] It came onstream in 2011.The unit cost about US$1.98 billion to build.[5][6]


TransAlta and Capital Power (formerly EPCOR) are equal partners in the ownership of Keephills 3, with Capital Power responsible for construction. TransAlta operates the facility.[7]

In August 2019 it was reported that Capital Power sold the 50% stake in the Keephills 3 unit to TransAlta Corporation in exchange for TransAlta's 50% share in Genesee 3 unit.[8]

Coal supply

TransAlta's Highvale coal mine supplies Keephills with coal.[9]

TransAlta pays for pro-coal research by University of Alberta

In July 2018 it was reported that TransAlta paid the University of Alberta $54,000 in 2015 to hand-pick a professor to generate pro-coal research and talking points to be used in lobbying government officials.[10]

Plant Data

  • Owner: TransAlta Centralia Generation LLC
  • Parent Company: TransAlta
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 1,301 MW
  • In-Service Dates: 1983 (Units 1-2), 2011 (Unit 3)
  • Location: Wabamun, AB
  • GPS Coordinates:
  • Coal Consumption:
  • Coal Source: Highvale coal mine
  • Number of Employees:

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