TransCanada’s Bear Creek Cogeneration Plant is a great example of how power innovation can benefit communities, while generating value for shareholders. Bear Creek is part of our network of power generation plants in Alberta. Here’s where you can find us.
Cogeneration is a thermodynamically efficient use of fuel that produces energy. At the Bear Creek Cogeneration Plant this fuel comes, in part, from industrial waste heat. This waste heat is produced by a wood waste boiler and combined with natural gas-generated steam to run a turbine that produces electricity. Cogeneration plants minimize fuel consumption, save money and can greatly reduce emissions.
Our Bear Creek Plant has a capacity of up to 100 megawatts of electricity and 75 tonnes per hour of steam. The steam is recaptured and used as part of the power generation process.
Bear Creek uses a combination of clean burning natural gas and wood waste to power its turbine. Interestingly, the wood waste used would otherwise be sent to landfill.