Alberta’s PPA Litigation Thankfully Comes to an End

Settlement of Litigation On Friday the Government of Alberta and ENMAX announced that they have settled the Alberta Power Purchase Arrangement (PPA) litigation that was commenced by the province in 2016 against ENMAX and certain other buyers under Alberta’s PPAs. ENMAX was the last of these buyers to settle its PPA litigation with Alberta.… Read More

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

RESAs Handed Out in Alberta: Ten Takeaways from the REP Round 1 Results

Round 1 of Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program (REP) concluded this week with the award of the following Renewable Electricity Support Agreements (RESAs): Proponent Project Size (MW) Location Capital Power Corporation Whitla Wind 201.6 Medicine Hat EDP Renewables Canada Ltd. Sharp Hills Wind Farm 248.4 Oyen Enel Green Power Canada, Inc. Part 2 of Castle Rock… 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

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

Quantifying and Pricing the Dispatch Risk to Generators in Alberta’s RESA

The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) is not accepting any further comments on the contract, called the Renewable Electricity Support Agreement (RESA), which it will award to the winners of the REP Round 1 procurement currently underway for 400 MW of renewable electricity in Alberta. While the AESO did issue and consult on “key provision… 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