Why Alberta Decided to Stick with its Energy-Only Electricity Market

This past April the United Conservative Party (UCP) was elected in Alberta. Since then, the new government has taken a number of steps to implement its election platform and to undo many of the policies that the prior New Democratic Party (NDP) government implemented during its term in office. The electricity sector has not been… Read More

Alberta Election 2019: The UCP has Concluded that Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program (REP) is a Costly Subsidy

What is REP? REP is the series of competitive procurements run by the Alberta Electric System Operator (“AESO”) in 2017 and 2018. Through REP the AESO, as instructed by the Province, encouraged the development of new renewable electricity generation in Alberta by entering into long term contracts to acquire the renewable attributes from the successful… Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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