Making Sense Of The Recent Coal-To-Gas Conversion Announcements In Alberta

This spring has been “coal-to-gas conversion season” in Alberta.  First, TransAlta announced in April that it would be accelerating the conversion of its wholly owned coal-fired generation plants to gas prior to the end of their useful lives. TransAlta plans to convert Sundance Units 3 to 6 and Keephills Units 1 and 2 to gas… Read More

Unlocking Alberta’s Hydro Potential to Generate Clean Dependable Electricity for Alberta

Earlier this month the National Energy Board (NEB) released a report on Canada’s renewable power called Canada’s Adoption of Renewable Power Sources – Energy Market Analysis.  The NEB report revealed that Canada is a world leader in renewable electricity that generates 66 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources. More particularly, the NEB pointed… Read More

Rural Electrification Associations: Unique Distributors of Electricity in Alberta

Rural electrification in Alberta started in the 1940s, when utilities first began providing electric service to farms that were located close to the transmission lines that connected larger urban centers. However, for those rural areas located far from existing transmission lines the cost of installing a distribution network made serving them uneconomic for these Alberta… Read More

AB Power 101: New Opportunities in the Alberta Electricity Market

Excited to release the Second Edition of our publication “New Opportunities in the Alberta Electricity Market – a BLG Overview”.  It is an easy to read summary of the history and structure of the Alberta Electricity Market, plus the recent policy changes that have occurred in Alberta to create business opportunities for market participants. AB… Read More

RECs, Corporate PPAs and Other Ways to Acquire Renewable Electricity in Alberta

Not a day goes by without a corporation making news by committing to use renewable electricity. Walmart, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Starbucks, and Amazon all have worldwide renewable electricity targets as part of their corporate sustainability plans. As the cost of wind and solar power generation decrease, and the price on carbon emissions puts upward pressure… Read More