ENMAX has delivered notice to the Balancing Pool of its termination of the Keephills Power Purchase Arrangement (Keephills PPA) under the Change in Law provision of the PPA. ENMAX will continue to serve our customers across Alberta through a strong generation portfolio of approximately 1,700 megawatts fueled by natural gas and wind.
A key provision in every PPA provides the PPA Buyer with the right to terminate the PPA should there be a change in law that makes the PPA unprofitable or more unprofitable. This provision was approved by the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board in advance of the PPA auction and has existed since the PPAs were established in 2000. With respect to the Keephills PPA, the change in the costs under the Specified Gas Emitters Regulation made this PPA "more unprofitable" than it already was so the right to terminate was triggered. With this decision by ENMAX, the Balancing Pool will have dispatch control over all coal-fired PPA generation in the province.
This decision was carefully considered and results in ENMAX recording an impairment charge of $51 million which represents the remaining book value of the original investment in the PPA. Combined with the 2015 write-down of $144.5 million from the termination of the Battle River PPA, ENMAX has now incurred a financial impact of $195.4 million in impairment charges as a result of terminating its two coal PPAs.
ENMAX remains supportive of the government's vision to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Alberta and committed to constructively engaging with government, consumers, environmental groups and industry to move forward with the implementation of the Climate Leadership Plan.
ENMAX Corporation, through its subsidiaries, makes, moves and sells electricity to residential, small business and large commercial customers and is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, with offices in Edmonton. ENMAX Power Corporation owns and operates transmission and distribution infrastructure in Calgary and ENMAX Energy Corporation owns diverse electricity generation facilities throughout the province. Since 2007, ENMAX has been named one of Alberta's Top Employers. ENMAX Energy is currently the retailer of choice for both The City of Calgary and The City of Edmonton.
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 www.ucahelps.gov.ab.ca or call 310-4822 (toll free in Alberta).
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