Pocaterra is one of TransAlta’s four hydro plants on the Kananaskis System, which is part of the Bow River Electric System in Alberta. The plant generates an average of 29,000 megawatt hours each year.

The Pocaterra Plant was named after surveyor George Pocaterra, a pioneer rancher from Italy. Pocaterra was one of the first to prospect for coal in the Kananaskis area. He was also known as the constant companion and blood brother of Spotted Wolf, a member of the Stoneys.

TransAlta’s hydroelectric plants primarily provide electricity during periods of peak electrical demand and ensure system stability. Their operating flexibility means they can start quickly to introduce hydro power within minutes, balancing out shortages due to unexpected outages, or providing power at times of high demand.

Environmental Highlights

Protection of the environment is an important part of our hydro power business, as is responsible water use. We continually work with environmental and community groups to ensure habitats are protected, and that all users’ needs are heard.

We are also working to enhance the environmental component of our Environment, Health & Safety Management System to meet ISO 14001 standards (ISO 14001 is an international standard setting the framework for a holistic and strategic approach to environmental policy, plans and actions).

Facts & Figures 

Location: Kananaskis, AB
Fuel: Hydro
Capacity (MW): 15
Ownership: Yes
First on-stream: 1955
Revenue Source: Merchant
Builder: yes
Contract Expiry: