Making Sense Of The Recent Coal-To-Gas Conversion Announcements In Alberta

This spring has been “coal-to-gas conversion season” in Alberta.  First, TransAlta announced in April that it would be accelerating the conversion of its wholly owned coal-fired generation plants to gas prior to the end of their useful lives. TransAlta plans to convert Sundance Units 3 to 6 and Keephills Units 1 and 2 to gas… 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

RECs, Corporate PPAs and Other Ways to Acquire Renewable Electricity in Alberta

Not a day goes by without a corporation making news by committing to use renewable electricity. Walmart, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Starbucks, and Amazon all have worldwide renewable electricity targets as part of their corporate sustainability plans. As the cost of wind and solar power generation decrease, and the price on carbon emissions puts upward pressure… Read More

Alberta REP Round 1: Ten Berries from Last Week’s AESO Q&A Session

We attended the Q&A session (Q&A) put on last week by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) for REP Round 1.  REP Round 1 is the first of what is promised to be regular procurements in Alberta that will see the Province procure 5000 MW of renewable electricity between now and 2030.  AlbertaPowerMarket.com has already… Read More

The Balancing Pool is Suddenly a Very Important Player in the Alberta Electricity Market

There is no doubt that Alberta’s decision to increase the price that large thermal electricity generators pay for carbon emissions, and to phase out pollution from coal generation by 2030, has had a huge impact on the owners of Alberta’s coal plants. But, arguably, no organization has been more impacted by these decisions than Alberta’s… 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

Ready, Set, Go: Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Procurement Begins

Today, as promised, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) kicked off what it is calling “REP Round 1” by issuing a Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) for Round 1 of its Renewable Electricity Procurement (REP). The REOI is the first stage of a much anticipated 3 stage process for a renewable electricity procurement in… Read More

The 2017 Alberta Budget: Highlights for the Electricity Industry

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley continued to spar this week with Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall over which approach – austerity versus stimulus – works best in these tough economic times for the two oil dependent provinces. For those who have not followed Prairie politics, the Alberta Budget released earlier this month calls for a $10.3 billion… Read More

Sun is Rising on Alberta’s Solar Industry

To date, Alberta’s merchant wholesale electricity market has not been kind to solar developers.  This is because solar has not been able to compete on a price basis in an Alberta merchant market where “least cost” has until recently been the primary objective. Our conclusion is supported by the fact that, despite having one of… 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