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, AlbertaPowerMarket.com 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

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

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 AlbertaPowerMarket.com. 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

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