An Alberta Based Independent Power Producer

Northstone Power Corp. is an Alberta based independent power producer with a natural gas power plant located near Elmworth, Alberta, 45 minutes southwest of Grande Prairie. Their Elmworth Generation Station is a 7,200 square foot facility that currently houses four (with fifth unit currently being reassembled) 3MW Cooper Bessemer LSV16 Reciprocating Engines.

Northstone operates the plant as a merchant peaking plant which means as the power pool prices rises above the production cost then the units are turned on and power is generated until the pool price falls below the production costs once again.  Typically power prices are high during cold winter months, warm summer months or when there are unplanned outages of one or more of the larger coal generating plants in the province.  Northstone has an automated computer monitoring system which monitors the system marginal pool price every five minutes and alerts the head office and the operators every time the price goes over the production costs.