AltaGas Income Trust

AltaGas Income Trust

August 06, 2009 15:01 ET

AltaGas' Bear Mountain Wind Park Begins Delivering Power

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 6, 2009) - AltaGas Income Trust (AltaGas or the Trust) (TSX:ALA.UN) today announced that the first of 34 Enercon E-82 turbines being erected at its 102-megawatt (MW) Bear Mountain Wind Park was completed ahead of schedule and is delivering power into British Columbia's electrical grid.

"British Columbia has an abundant supply of clean, renewable energy, including widely distributed wind resources like those at Bear Mountain," said Blair Lekstrom, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. "Wind, along with run-of-river, biomass, solar, tidal and other forms of clean, renewable energy, are helping B.C. become electricity self-sufficient while decreasing our greenhouse gas emissions. By diversifying our energy mix, we can ensure a steady, affordable and clean supply of electricity for British Columbians."

"This is an important milestone for AltaGas and for renewable power in British Columbia," said David Cornhill, Chairman and CEO of the Trust. "AltaGas is committed to growing its renewable power generation capacity. With 1,500 MW of wind power opportunities and an additional 400 MW of run-of-river power opportunities under study or development, AltaGas is well positioned to be a leader in clean energy generation. The Bear Mountain Wind Park demonstrates our ability to meet complex project development on time and on budget. It has been a delight to work with the people of Dawson Creek and the various governments to bring this long-term, clean, renewable wind power to British Columbia."

Owned and operated by AltaGas, the $200 million project is on track to become British Columbia's first fully operational wind park. To date 24 of the 34 towers have been erected and are awaiting installation of the turbine blades. Scheduled for full-scale power delivery in November 2009, the project is expected to meet or beat that power delivery target. Under the Government of Canada's ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program, the project will receive a one cent per kilowatt-hour incentive over the next ten years, in accordance with the terms of the agreement.

To view photos of construction, visit: and click on the Bear Mountain link on the homepage.

AltaGas Income Trust is one of Canada's largest and fastest growing energy infrastructure organizations. The Trust creates value by acquiring, growing and optimizing gas and power infrastructure, including a focus on renewable energy sources.

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