New Transmission Development in Alberta: AESO Focuses its Attention on Integrating Renewable Electricity

Importance of the LTP The Alberta Electricity System Operator (AESO) recently released its 2017 Long-term Transmission Plan (LTP) – a forecast by the AESO of the new transmission development that it currently expects will occur in the province. The LTP is very important for power project developers because it helps guide them to where there… Read More

Extending the Life of the Sundance Generating Station in Alberta using Coal-to-Gas Conversion

The Sundance generating station (Sundance) is the largest coal-fired generating facility in Alberta.  It is located about 70 kilometres west of the City of Edmonton, and has a generating capacity of 1,861 MW – down by about 280 MW after the January 1st retirement of one of its coal units. It is also the oldest… Read More

Like Ontario Experienced, Alberta’s Electricity Prices will become a Political Issue in 2018

Albertans will go to the polls on a date between March 1 and May 31, 2019 according to its fixed-election-date legislation. But, already, is seeing articles in newspapers, debates on social media, questions being asked in the Alberta Legislature and our industrial clients ask us about the rising price of electricity in Alberta.  This… Read More

Capacity Market Design: Update on the Length of the Delivery Period

A few weeks ago we told you about capacity market design in Alberta, and the debate going on over the length of the delivery period that will apply in the capacity market for new facilities.  Yesterday the AESO issued SAM 3.0.  It describes the provisional recommendations of the 5 stakeholder working groups struck by the AESO… Read More

REP Round 2: Indexed-REC, Benchmark-REC or Something Else?

We will know shortly which renewable power projects were successful in Alberta’s REP Round 1 procurement for 400 MW of new renewable power. REP stands for the Renewable Electricity Program.  This program, administered by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), is intended to encourage the development of 5000 MW of new renewable electricity generation capacity… Read More

Capacity Market Design in Alberta: Competing Views on the Length of the Delivery Period

We are going to know soon what the new capacity market for electricity will look like in Alberta.  The capacity market design work, led by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), started in January.  Since then the AESO has issued a series of straw proposals on various design issues (each called a “Straw Alberta Market”… Read More

AUC Reaffirms Option M and the Policy of Paying Generators the Transmission Savings from Distributed Generation

Distributed Generation (DG) refers to smaller-sized generation projects (generally less than 20MW) that are directly connected to the lower voltage local electricity distribution systems that service consumers. DG is distinguishable from much larger-sized generation projects that are directly connected to higher voltage transmission lines that first transmit the power longer distances, and deliver it to… Read More

Could ENMAX’s Recent Win in Alberta Court be the Catalyst that Leads to the Termination of the Battle River PPA by the Balancing Pool?

We generally do not write about court cases here at However, the decision earlier this month of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Enmax PPA Management Inc. v. Balancing Pool (the “Decision”), about the Battle River PPA, caught our eye. Not because the Decision created any interesting new law – the judge simply… Read More

Selling Electricity for Nothing in Alberta: More Zero Dollar Hours in 2017

Earlier this month the National Energy Board (NEB) issued a news release drawing attention to the fact that Alberta wholesale electricity prices have already set an annual record this year for the number of hours that generators received zero dollars for the power they generated.   According to the Market Surveillance Administrator’s Q2/17 Quarterly Report… Read More

AESO Issues its Long-Term Outlook For Electricity in Alberta

What is the Long-term Outlook? At least every two years the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) shares with the market its long-term (20 year) forecast of Alberta’s electricity demand and the generation capacity needed to meet that demand.  The forecast is called the Long-term Outlook (“LTO”), and the AESO uses it to help guide transmission… Read More