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Taylor Hydro, Alberta

The Taylor Hydro facility is located in southern Alberta, beside the Taylor Coulee Chute near the town of Magrath. Owned and operated by TransAlta through its subsidiary, Canadian Hydro Developers, it's been operating since 2000 with a generating capacity of 13 MW.

How does the plant generate electricity?

Taylor Hydro diverts a portion of the flow from the irrigation canal to its turbine during irrigation season (April to October) and generates 45,000 MWh annually, on average.

How does the plant's power reach me?

The electricity produced in the Taylor Hydro facility is sold to the Power Pool of Alberta, which is then accessed by Alberta consumers like you.

What are Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)?

When you choose Encor green electricity, you're buying Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) that are associated with the electricity produced by the Taylor hydro facility. REC’s are renewable energy certificates that represent one megawatt hour (MWh) of energy generated from a clean, renewable source. In our case, this source is hydroelectricity as mentioned above.

As this method of generation creates little to no carbon byproducts in its production of energy, purchasing electricity supported by REC’s helps grow renewable electricity production and other environmental benefits such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

These RECs are bundled with the electricity that is delivered to your home by your electricity distribution company, in a quantity that matches the portion of energy you opted to buy.

For instance, if you choose Encor 100% green electricity, you'll buy enough RECs to match 100% of the electricity you buy through your energy plan. Once you buy these RECs, we will retire them on your behalf so that no other consumer can use them.

What is an ECOLOGO certified product?

Encor by EPCOR is ECOLOGO certified, which means that you have assurance and peace of mind in that all of our green electricity plans have reduced environmental impact thanks to an independent, objective review and certification by one of the most trusted ecolabeling programs in the world.

*ECOLOGO Certification applies to REC's only. GHG Offests are audited by a third party on behalf of Encor to ensure retirement of GHG Offsets are completed in accordance with our Terms & Conditions.

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Green Natural Gas Projects

Niagara Waste Landfill Gas Utilization Project

The Niagara Waste Landfill Gas Utilization Project is located in Niagara Falls, Ontario at the Niagara Waste System Landfill and was commissioned in March, 2002.

About the Landfill Gas Utilization Project

Abitibi Bowater Paper Mill, located in Thorold, Ontario, uses the gas captured from the Landfill as fuel for the boilers in the Mill's steam plant. They manufacture newsprint from 100% recycled fiber.

The Landfill Gas Project captures and processes the gas from the East Landfill and, from there, it's cleaned, dehydrated, compressed, and conveyed through a dedicated pipeline, which is owned by Enbridge.

What are ISO certified greenhouse gas (GHG) offsets?

When you choose Encor green natural gas, you're buying ISO certified greenhouse gas (GHG) offsets from the Niagara Waste Landfill Gas Utilization Project. Greenhouse gas offsets are certificates representing the reduction of one metric ton (2,205 lbs) of carbon dioxide emissions, seen as the leading cause of climate change.

These certificates are ISO certified and used to help reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by supporting emission reduction projects such as the Niagara Waster Systems Landfill Gas Utilization Project. By supporting GHG offsets, you help lessen the impact of your own carbon footprint and help further the production of clean, renewable energy.

These GHG offsets are bundled with the natural gas that's delivered to your home by your natural gas delivery company, in a quantity that matches the portion of energy you opted to buy.

If you choose Encor 100% green natural gas, for instance, you'll buy enough GHG offsets to match 100% of the natural gas you buy through your energy plan. Once you buy these GHG offsets, we will retire them on your behalf so that no other consumer can use them.

*GHG Offests are audited by a third party on behalf of Encor to ensure retirement of GHG Offsets are completed in accordance with our Terms & Conditions.

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About fair competition

All customers are free to purchase natural gas services from the default supply provider or from a retailer of their choice and to purchase electricity services from the regulated rate provider or from a retailer of their choice. The delivery of natural gas and electricity to you is not affected by your choice. If you change who you purchase natural gas services or electricity services from, you will continue receiving natural gas and electricity from the distribution company in your service area. For a current list of retailers you may choose from, visit ucahelps.alberta.ca or call 310-4822 (toll free in Alberta).