Notley; NS New Tidal Gen; Wind Capacity Factors Drop on West Coast

Rachel Notley, on the first leg of a business trip to Montreal, New York City and Toronto, told executives and politicians that a national cap-and-trade system “may not be our best road forward.” Alberta — whose economy is heavily dependent on the greenhouse gas-intensive oilsands — must get its act together to reduce emissions or […]

Brattle Report on Alberta; Point Lepreau Offline

A government-funded report that’s never been publicly released says jacking up Alberta’s carbon tax is the best way to reduce the province’s greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. But the Brattle Group, an international economic consultancy, also warns that greening Alberta’s power grid will increase electricity costs. The report says the government should require […]

VNM Sells to Fortis; Coal Consumption Strong in China

VNM Rural Electrification Association (REA) members have voted to sell their electricity system assets to FortisAlberta. At a special general meeting in June, 97 per cent of members voted in favor to sell these assets. VNM REA is located in the Barrhead and Westlock County area, northwest of Edmonton. The sale, valued at $16.0 million, […]

AUC Says TA Clear From Paying Consumers Back; GE Refurb on Mountainview

Alberta’s electricity regulator says it can’t force TransAlta to pay consumers back for inflated electricity prices, despite finding the company guilty of price fixing earlier this year. But, in a follow up decision issued this week, the AUC also found it doesn’t have the authority to order restitution. Regulators are still set to decide later […]

SD#6 Online; AltaGas Buys US Power Plants; Alberta Not Embarrassing Cousin

Sundance#6 came back online at 12:36, off at 23:06 and back online at 02:40 this morning.   AltaGas Ltd. said Monday it will buy three gas-fired electric power plants in California for US$642 million from a fund run by Oaktree Capital Group. Calgary-based AltaGas said it agreed to buy GWF Energy Holdings LLC, which owns […]

Ontario’s New Fit/microFit Program Lowers Prices

Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator released the FIT/microFIT price schedule which will be applicable to FIT 4.0 applications and to any FIT or microFIT contracts awarded after Jan. 1, 2016. Reflecting global trends, the energy prices for rooftop and non-rooftop Solar projects in all project tranche sizes decreased between 23.4% and 29.5%. According to the […]