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TransAlta declares dividends

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

TransAlta declares dividends12:25 EDT Wednesday, July 27, 2011CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 27, 2011) -All currency is expressed in Canadian dollars except where noted.The Board of Directors of TransAlta Corporation (TSX:TA) (NYSE:TAC) today declared a quarterly dividend of $0.29 per share on common shares payable October 1, 2011 to shareholders of record at the close of business September 1, 2011. The Board of Directors of TransAlta Corporation also declared a dividend of $0.2875 per share on TransAlta's issued and outstanding Cumulative Redeemable Rate Reset First Preferred Shares, Series A, payable on September 30, 2011 to shareholders of record at the close of business September 1, 2011.TransAlta is a power generation and wholesale marketing company focused on creating long-term shareholder value. TransAlta maintains a low-to-moderate risk profile by operating a highly contracted portfolio of assets in Canada, the United States and Australia. TransAlta's focus is to efficiently operate our biomass, geothermal, wind, hydro, natural gas and coal facilities in order to provide our customers with a reliable, low-cost source of power. For 100 years, TransAlta has been a responsible operator and a proud contributor to the communities where we work and live. TransAlta is recognized for its leadership on sustainability by the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index, the FTSE4Good Index and the Jantzi Social Index. TransAlta is Canada's largest investor-owned renewable energy provider.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Bob KlagerTransAlta Corporation - Media inquiriesVP, Communications & Government Relations(403) 267-7543robert_klager@transalta.comORJess NieukerkTransAlta Corporation - Investor inquiriesDirector, Investor Relations1-800-387-3598 in Canada and