When you turn your lights on, do you ever wonder where that power comes from? How about when you are cooking dinner or making your morning coffee? What about when you are heating your home on a cold winter night? We often take our lifestyle based on a convenient and abundant supply of energy for granted. We switch our appliances on; drive our cars, use computers and cellphones without giving it a second thought. We use energy every day because it’s essential to our modern way of life. But do you ever wonder where the energy comes from?
At TransCanada, there are thousands of employees across the continent working to deliver the energy North Americans need and they continue to do so safely, efficiently and responsibly.
As the world’s appetite for affordable energy continues to grow, more people are becoming energy-conscious. Individuals are questioning where their power comes from and are looking for sources of energy that are produced more responsibly and with less of an impact on the environment – we echo this sentiment.
At TransCanada, we are committed to protecting the environment. Not just because we have to, but because we want to. As Canada’s largest private-sector power generator, the company was recently recognized, along with other Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) members, for its efforts in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2014. CEA member companies achieved a 5.8 per cent reduction in GHGs last year.
The North American energy landscape presents many opportunities and challenges for companies like TransCanada; companies that are dedicated to delivering the energy our society needs, safely and reliably.
When most people hear the name TransCanada, the first thing they think of is the Keystone XL pipeline. While oil pipelines are part of what we do they only represent a fraction of our business. What many people don’t realize is that we are an established and diverse energy infrastructure company that has been operating in communities across the North America for more than 60 years. We pride ourselves in our business and our employees. The same employees who live and work in your communities, coach softball games and are volunteer firefighters – they are your neighbours.
We operate over 68,000 km of natural gas pipelines that safely deliver 20 per cent of all the clean-burning natural gas consumed in North America every day. We also own 19 power generation facilities across North America that can generate enough power for 11 million homes. Two-thirds of the power we produce comes from low and non-emitting sources that include natural gas-fired generation, nuclear, hydro, wind and solar. We have invested more than $5 billion in emission-less energy sources, playing an active role in revitalizing North America’s aging infrastructure and supporting the transition to a balanced energy mix.
In the United States, we have 1,800 American employees working across 31 states, some operating the largest wind power facility in New England and 13 hydro power facilities along the Connecticut and Deerfield Rivers in New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts.
When Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc in 2012, New York City and its surrounding areas were hit hard. Homes and businesses were destroyed, large parts of the city were evacuated and many power generating facilities were forced to shut down, leaving the city in the dark. The employees at TransCanada’s natural gas-fired Ravenswood Generating Station worked around-the-clock to provide 50 per cent of the city’s power during the aftermath of the storm. TransCanada employees like Plant Director, Thomas Quartuccio, a native of Queens, worked tirelessly to ensure that all power generation units at Ravenswood were operating at full capacity.
“New York City needed us, and we were determined to keep the facility running. We set up accommodations for employees and did what we had to do to provide the city with power during this catastrophic storm” – Thomas Quartuccio.
Similar efforts took place across New England. Throughout the storm our employees were on hand around-the-clock ensuring our hydro facilities along the Connecticut and Deerfield Rivers remained able to provide the residents of the U.S. Northeast with the energy they needed to stay warm and keep their lights on during the storm.
In Canada, we operate one of largest wind facilities; Cartier Wind Energy located in the Gaspé Peninsula region of Quebec. We are the largest private power producer in the province of Ontario and an important player in helping the Provincial Government achieve their goal of phasing out its remaining coal-fired power plants and transition to alternate sources of energy. We are one of the largest partners in Bruce Power, Canada’s first private nuclear generator that now provides one-third of Ontario’s power supply. We will soon start construction of a new, highly-efficient natural gas-fired power plant in the community of Greater Napanee that will help ensure reliable power supplies are available as demand grows in the future. In addition, we now have eight solar power facilities in Ontario that are providing enough renewable energy to meet the needs of approximately 12,000 homes.
So we are more than an oil pipeline, we are committed to maintaining a diverse portfolio of critical energy projects and assets. We believe in being a leader in our industry regardless of the type of energy we provide.
While TransCanada employees aren’t necessarily with you when you turn the lights on, cook your meals, or pour that cup of hot coffee, they are working hard to ensure that we all have the energy we need so that we can continue to enjoy the quality of life we have become accustomed to.
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