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

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

Addressing Curtailment Risk for Renewable Generators in Alberta’s RESA

Last week the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) released a document describing the key provisions that it proposes to include in the RESA (Key RESA Terms) Here.   RESA stands for Renewable Electricity Support Agreement. It is the legal agreement that the AESO will execute with each successful proponent in this year’s 400 MW renewable electricity… Read More

New Alberta Carbon Levy Methodology to Impact Thermal Generators and Electricity Prices

There have been so many changes announced lately to Alberta’s electricity market that it is difficult for AlbertaPowerMarket.com to provide each change with the attention it deserves. We have written about the proposed Alberta capacity market, Alberta’s Renewable Energy Program, and the recent changes to Alberta’s micro-generation rules. However, one proposed change that we have… 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