Battle River power station

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Battle River power station, also known as Battle River Generating Station, is a 540-megawatt (MW) gas-fired power station in Forestburg, Flagstaff, Alberta, Canada.[1]


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant in Forestburg, Flagstaff, Alberta, Canada.

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The plant is owned and operated by ATCO. Coal is provided by the Forestburg Collieries operated by West Moreland Coal.[1]

Units 1 and 2 were retired and dismantled in 2000.[2]

In August 2018 the Alberta Utilities Commission approved a plan for ATCO to convert all units at the power station to run on gas instead of coal.[3] ATCO had previously announced that it hoped to make this conversion before current power purchase agreements expired at the end of 2020.[1] As of December 31, 2018 Unit 4 had been converted to be co-firing 50% on coal and 50% on gas.[4] ATCO plans to completely convert Unit 5 to gas in 2019.[4]

In September 2019 ATCO sold Battle River power station as well as Sheerness power station to Heartland Generation Ltd., a subsidiary of U.S. private-equity fund Energy Capital Partners. The sale includes the capital required to convert the plants from coal to natural gas.[5]

Unit 3 was retired on Dec. 31, 2019.[6]

In April 2020 Heartland Generation received approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission to convert Unit 5 to be co-fired by gas and coal and operate it as a co-fired plant through Dec. 31, 2022.[7]

As of November 2021, the power station was reportedly fully converted to run on gas. Heartland Generation was the first large-scale generator in Alberta to phase out coal-fired energy.[8]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: Heartland Generation Ltd.
  • Parent company: Energy Capital Partners
  • Location: Forestburg, Flagstaff, Alberta, Canada
  • Coordinates: 52.468889, -112.133889 (exact)
  • Status: Unit 1-3: Retired; Units 4-5: Operating (gas)
  • Gross capacity (retired): 209 MW
    • Unit 1: Coal, 30 MW
    • Unit 2: Coal, 30 MW
    • Unit 3: Coal, 149 MW
  • Gross capacity (operating): 540 MW
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: Units 1: 1956-2000; Unit 2: 1964-2000; Unit 3: 1969-2019; Unit 4: 1975-2021; Unit 5: 1981-2021
  • Coal type: Sub-bituminous
  • Coal source: Paintearth and Vesta mines
  • Source of financing:

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Battle River Generating Station Battle River Generating Station], Wikipedia, accessed January 2019
  2. Coal Fired Plants in Canada, Industcards, Sep. 16, 2012
  3. Battle River Power Plant Alterations, Alberta Utilities Commission, Aug. 27, 2018
  5. Canadian Utilities sells Canadian generation business, World Coal, Oct. 1, 2019
  6. Notice of Retirement - Battle River 3 (BR3) effective January 1, 2020, Alberta Electric System Operator, accessed November 2020
  7. Battle River Power Plant Amendment, Alberta Utilities Commission, Apr. 21, 2020
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Heartland Generation Announces Completion of Off Coal Transitions at Battle River and Sheerness Generating Stations., Heartland Generation, Nov. 9, 2021
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "Quarterly Report for Q4 2021" (PDF). 2022-02-11.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Our Operations". Heartland Generation.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Heartland Generation eyeing refit of Battle River Power Plant - Red Deer Advocate". Retrieved 2022-12-07.

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