Canadian utility accelerates $2 billion energy transition plan


Canada’s largest clean energy provider TransAlta Corporation has selected Emerson to accelerate its transition from coal to natural gas.

The deal is part of the energy provider’s CA$2 billion Clean Energy Investment Plan designed to help the company to expand its portfolio of clean and renewable energy.

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Emerson will convert TransAlta’s Keephills and Sundance power plants in Alberta.

This will help reduce carbon emissions while providing affordable, clean, reliable electricity to consumers.

Emerson will integrate its new burner management system and replace outdated controls with its Ovation automation technology as well as provide its digital twin simulator, which will be used as a training tool for operations staff.

The conversion will start in 2020 for completion during 2024.

Emerson has completed 25 coal-to-gas conversion projects in North America in the past five years. The company has more than 70 power generation facilities in the US, Canada and Australia.

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Bob Yeager, president of Emerson’s power and water business, said: “Conversion to natural gas is breathing new life into ageing coal plants.

“TransAlta is to be commended for its commitment to environmental stewardship while taking steps to further enhance its competitive position.”