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

Understanding Alberta’s Wind Discount and Lower Capture Rates

We explained in last week’s post that all generators in Alberta are paid the hourly determined Pool Price (per MWh) for the electricity that they generate and deliver to the grid in any given hour. This Pool Price in Alberta changes each hour of a day depending upon the principles of supply and demand.  For… Read More

What do Generators Get Paid for their Electricity in Alberta?

Generators in Alberta are paid the Pool Price for the electricity that they generate and deliver to the grid in Alberta. But how is that Pool Price determined? An important principle in Alberta is that all electricity that is bought and sold in Alberta on the grid is done so through a competitive wholesale market… Read More