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. AlbertaPowerMarket.com… 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

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

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

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

Update On Alberta’s Solar PV Electricity Procurement

Alberta is in the middle of procuring 135,000 MWh per annum of solar photovoltaic (Solar PV) electricity. This procurement dedicated to solar should not be confused with the REP Round 1 procurement that is also currently underway in Alberta for 400 MW of renewable electricity. The Solar PV procurement was first announced in October 2016.… Read More