Valleyview Generating Plant
The ValleyView Generating Plant is a 90 megawatt natural gas-fired plant providing system stability benefits for the ValleyView area, 100 kilometres east of Grande Prairie. The Valleyview 1 unit includes a clutch which allows it to operate as a synchronous condenser. This allows the unit’s generator to be disconnected from the turbine to provide voltage support to the grid when needed. When the grid needs additional generating capacity the turbine can be quickly reconnected to the generator without disconnecting the generator from the grid. The ValleyView 2 unit was added in 2008, doubling the capacity to 90 megawatts and provides a quick starting capacity to support Alberta’s growing electricity requirements.