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

Time Out Please: AESO Offers Generators Some Connection Flexibility

New electricity generation projects in Alberta are required to complete a gated six stage connection process in Alberta (Connection Process) before they can be connected to the grid. There are actually seven stages, if you count what the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) calls Stage 0. The Connection Process was implemented by the AESO in… Read More

Balancing Pool Proposes to Terminate Sundance PPAs with TransAlta

AlbertaPowerMarket.com previously described here how the Balancing Pool, a public body here in Alberta, has become a very important player in the Alberta electricity market.    We also promised to update you on important Balancing Pool developments.  Earlier this week, when our neighbours to the South were celebrating July 4th, the Balancing Pool announced that, subject… Read More

Is There a Place for Geothermal Energy in Alberta’s Electricity Future?

The Alberta Electric System Operator’s (AESO’s) Renewable Electricity Program (REP) and Alberta Infrastructure’s 135,000 MWh solar procurement highlight Alberta’s new willingness to encourage and financially support renewable electricity development in the province. Though wind and solar have been the focus of Alberta’s renewable electricity story to date, geothermal proponents have also been promoting the potential… Read More

Unpacking Distributed Generation: The Alberta Utilities Commission’s Challenge

What is the AUC doing? The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) has been requested by the Province to hold an inquiry into and report on matters relating to distribution system-connected generation (“DG”) in Alberta.  Facilitating significant growth in DG would help the Province achieve its goal of having 30% of Alberta-generated electricity be from renewable sources… Read More

Economic Withholding by Generators in Alberta’s Electricity Market

Economic withholding is now a questionable pricing strategy for generators to use in Alberta due to the May 26, 2017 decision of Alberta’s Market Surveillance Administrator (MSA) to revoke its Offer Behaviour Enforcement Guidelines (OBEG). Economic withholding has not been expressly prohibited by the MSA, but the revocation of OBEG by the MSA means that… Read More

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

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