ATCO GROWS RENEWABLE ENERGY PORTFOLIO WITH MAJOR CANADIAN RENEWABLES ACQUISITION

  • INCLUDES 252 MW SUITE OF OPERATIONAL WIND FACILITIES AND 1,500+ MW DEVELOPMENT PIPELINE OF WIND & SOLAR PROJECTS

  • ADVANCES ATCO'S GROWING LEADERSHIP IN RENEWABLES AND CLEAN FUELS AND PUTS ATCO ON TRAJECTORY TO ACHIEVE OUR TARGET OF OWNING, DEVELOPING OR MANAGING 1,000 MW OF RENEWABLE ENERGY BY 2030

CALGARY, AB, Oct. 5, 2022 /CNW/ - Canadian Utilities Limited (TSX: CU) (TSX: CU.X)

Canadian Utilities Limited, an ATCO company, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with Suncor Energy Inc., to acquire a portfolio of wind and solar assets and projects located in Alberta and Ontario for a purchase price of $730 million, subject to closing adjustments. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2023 and is subject to regulatory approvals and other typical closing conditions.

"Achieving Canada's net-zero ambitions without sacrificing affordability and reliability requires that we pursue a range of low-carbon energy solutions, including renewable electricity, hydrogen, and natural gas," said Nancy Southern, Chair & Chief Executive Officer, ATCO and Canadian Utilities. "The people of ATCO are ready to do our part to meet the essential needs of today, and tomorrow."

"ATCO has been at the forefront of the energy transition for decades, and this investment further cements our position as a leader in delivering cleaner electricity and cleaner fuels to our customers and communities," said Bob Myles, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, ATCO and Canadian Utilities. "Through this investment, we instantly add a new wind power position to our growing renewables portfolio, we bring additional high-quality wind and solar development opportunities into our growth pipeline, and we expand our renewables driven earnings base."

The acquisition, which is expected to be earnings and cash flow accretive in 2023, includes a diversified operating portfolio of wind assets – including the new 202 megawatt (MW) Forty Mile wind project in Alberta (expected to be operational by the end of this year) and a majority interest in the Adelaide wind facility in Ontario. The offtake from Adelaide is contracted under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) and ATCO is in contract discussions with credit worthy counterparties on the Forty Mile project. ATCO also secures a development pipeline with more than 1,500 MW of wind and solar projects at various stages of development, including several late-stage projects.

This investment puts ATCO on a firm trajectory to become a major renewable player and achieve our previously announced goal of owning, developing or managing more than 1,000 MW of renewable energy by 2030 and drives ATCO closer to our commitment to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

With approximately 4,800 employees and assets of $21 billion, Canadian Utilities Limited is an ATCO company. Canadian Utilities is a diversified global energy infrastructure corporation delivering essential services and innovative business solutions in Utilities (electricity and natural gas transmission and distribution, and international electricity operations); Energy Infrastructure (electricity generation, energy storage, and industrial water solutions); and Retail Energy (electricity and natural gas retail sales). More information can be found at www.canadianutilities.com.

Investor & Analyst Inquiries:
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Finance, Treasury, Risk & Sustainability
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403 808 2636

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ASSET OVERVIEW

Operating Assets 

Size (Net MW) 

Forty Mile Wind Phase I  
(Operations expected to commence by the end of this year)  

202

Adelaide Wind 

30

Chin Chute Wind  

10

Magrath Wind  

10

Near Term Development Projects 

Size (Net MW)

Forty Mile Wind Phase I Uprating 

24

Forty Mile Solar  

220

Forty Mile Wind Phase II  

200

Mid-Stage Development Projects 

Size (Net MW)

Craig Lake Wind  

246

Kitscoty Wind  

174

Early-Stage Development Projects 

Size (Net MW)

4 Solar Opportunities 

490

1 Wind/Solar Opportunity 

200

 

ATCO GROWS RENEWABLE ENERGY PORTFOLIO WITH MAJOR CANADIAN RENEWABLES ACQUISITION (CNW Group/ATCO Ltd.)
ATCO GROWS RENEWABLE ENERGY PORTFOLIO WITH MAJOR CANADIAN RENEWABLES ACQUISITION (CNW Group/ATCO Ltd.)
ATCO GROWS RENEWABLE ENERGY PORTFOLIO WITH MAJOR CANADIAN RENEWABLES ACQUISITION (CNW Group/ATCO Ltd.)
ATCO GROWS RENEWABLE ENERGY PORTFOLIO WITH MAJOR CANADIAN RENEWABLES ACQUISITION (CNW Group/ATCO Ltd.)

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