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TransAlta declares dividends

Friday, July 13, 2012

TransAlta declares dividends20:04 EDT Friday, July 13, 2012CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 13, 2012) - 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 on October 1, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business September 1, 2012. 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, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business September 1, 2012.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 C, payable on September 30, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business September 1, 2012. All currency is expressed in Canadian dollars except where noted.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, wind, hydro, geothermal, 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: Jess NieukerkTransAlta Corporation - Media & Investor inquiries:Director, Investor Relations1-800-387-3598 in Canada and U.S.investor_relations@transalta.comwww.transalta.com