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

Is There a Place for Geothermal Energy in Alberta’s Electricity Future?

The Alberta Electric System Operator’s (AESO’s) Renewable Electricity Program (REP) and Alberta Infrastructure’s 135,000 MWh solar procurement highlight Alberta’s new willingness to encourage and financially support renewable electricity development in the province. Though wind and solar have been the focus of Alberta’s renewable electricity story to date, geothermal proponents have also been promoting the potential… 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

Quantifying and Pricing the Dispatch Risk to Generators in Alberta’s RESA

The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) is not accepting any further comments on the contract, called the Renewable Electricity Support Agreement (RESA), which it will award to the winners of the REP Round 1 procurement currently underway for 400 MW of renewable electricity in Alberta. While the AESO did issue and consult on “key provision… 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

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

Alberta’s First Competitive Power Procurement Begins

Alberta will hold its first auction for renewable electricity generation contracts in early 2017. The Province’s implementation of sweeping climate change policies in the electricity sector is now supported by key details about its first procurement. A procurement that is a first step on the road to achieving Alberta’s “30 by 30” target (30 per cent… Read More