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TransAlta Corp. and MidAmerican Transmission have partnered to form a new strategic partnership, TAMA Transmission.

The new entity combines TransAlta's power-generation operating history in Alberta, Canada, with MidAmerican Transmission's experience building assets in North America. Cynthia Johnston, who has more than 25 years of experience in Alberta's electric utility industry, will serve as president of the company.

"TransAlta's core market is Alberta, where we've supplied electricity to wholesale and retail customers for over 100 years," says Dawn Farrell, TransAlta's president and CEO. "By combining our home market expertise with MidAmerican's superb construction management and operating skills, we believe we can win the right to serve Albertans with competitive, low-cost and reliable transmission infrastructure."

TAMA Transmission will participate in the Alberta Electric System Operator's competitive bid process to become the developer, owner and operator of the Fort McMurray West Transmission Project.

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