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

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

Increasing Micro-Generation in Alberta: A Step in the Right Direction

Alberta brought legislation into force in 2009 to encourage micro-generation in the Province. The Micro-Generation Regulation (the “Regulation”) encourages Alberta customers to use renewable or alternative sources of energy to generate their own electricity by (i) reducing the administrative burden and interconnection costs to those customers; and (ii) permitting those customers to be compensated through… Read More