Corporate Responsibility Report 2013

Operating Performance

Our fleet

Our power generation fleet of 14 facilities (as of December 31, 2013) is well maintained and modern with an average age of 12 years. Our young fleet helps deliver high plant availability and reduces the risk of unplanned outages.

We undertook some significant activities in 2013, including:

Adding 105 megawatts (MW) to our fleet with the successful commissioning, on time and under budget, of the Port Dover and Nanticoke wind project.

Completing the purchase of 50% ownership in the 800-MW Shepard Energy Centre.
Construction of this modern and highly-efficient natural-gas-fueled facility, co-owned with ENMAX, is tracking early and under budget with planned commercial operations in early 2015.

Announcing a joint venture agreement with ENMAX to develop, construct, own and operate Genesee 4 & 5, a state-of-the-art natural-gas-fueled facility with up to 1,050 MW of capacity. This facility will provide the best peaking responsiveness and coal reliability, offer the lowest environmental impact and cost, and be the most competitive natural-gas combined-cycle facility in Alberta. Capital Power will lead construction and operate the facility, which is expected to be complete between 2018 and 2020.

Starting construction of K2 Wind, a partnership between Capital Power, Samsung Renewable Energy, and Pattern Renewable Holdings. This 270-MW project is expected to begin commercial operations in the second quarter of 2015.

Completing the sale of our three New England, natural-gas-fueled power generation facilities to primarily fund our joint investment in the Shepard Energy Centre.

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Market rule contraventions in 2013

Our energy-trading operations in Alberta are monitored by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) and the Market Surveillance Administrator (MSA). We respond to all potential contraventions of market rules. The MSA will review suspected contraventions to make a determination of compliance and issue forbearance or a fine.

In 2013, there were four specified penalties for contraventions of AESO ISO Rules issued to Capital Power. The incidents occurred at the Sundance C Unit on March 5, 2013 and on June 28, 2013, and at the Clover Bar Energy Centre on September 21, 2013 and on November 13, 2013. The total penalties for the incidents were $3,000. These incidents involved missed dispatches and directives and were primarily a result of human error, although operational issues contributed to the contravention.

The Corporate Ethics and Compliance team is active in working with our operations staff and other internal stakeholders to identify opportunities for process improvements. Incidents, non-compliance, or potential non-compliance, are taken very seriously. We continue to be diligent in adhering to the spirit, as well as the letter, of the law.

Product responsibility

Our employees are required to be aware of and comply with all legal and regulatory requirements applicable to their jobs. In 2013, the company reports:

  • Zero incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning the health and safety impacts of products and services
  • Zero incidents of non-compliance with labelling requirements
  • Zero customer satisfaction practices or survey results as we do not have a retail power business and, therefore, no retail customer accounts
  • Zero legal actions for anti-competitive or monopolistic behaviour
  • Zero complaints to a Human Rights Commission
  • Zero incidents of non-compliance marketing and advertising codes
  • Zero injuries or fatalities to members of the public due to incidents involving our facilities
  • Zero substantiated complaints regarding breaches of customer privacy or losses of customer data
The 46 MW Roxboro solid fuels facility, located in Roxboro, North Carolina.

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