SD#3 Offline; TransAlta $56-million Fine Approved

Sundance#3 (368MW) went offline at 22:49 last night. Sask and Montana will be lower today do to outages.   The Alberta Utilities Commission has approved TransAlta’s proposed $56-million settlement for deliberately timing outages at power plants to drive up electricity prices. TransAlta will pay a $52-million administrative penalty, which the commission says is the largest […]

AB Q3 AESO; Weather Increases BC Exports; Power Stats August

Real-time wholesale power prices in the Alberta Electric System Operator set another all-time low in the third quarter, driven by growing supply, low fuel prices and diminished load growth, according to a report released Wednesday by the Market Surveillance Administrator. The overall real-time wholesale power price averaged C$26.09/MWh in the July-August-September time period, with on-peak […]

SD#6 Online; AB Dam CEAA Call for Comments; Hydro One

Sundance#6 came back online at 17:49 yesterday.   The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has launched a call for public comments regarding a proposed hydroelectric project in northwestern Alberta. Proposed by AHP Development Corp., the Amisk Hydroelectric Project includes the construction and operation of a 330 megawatt hydroelectric facility on Peace River. The site is located […]

SD#6 Offline; O&G Suggests Lower Royalities; SunEdison New Solar Panel Design

Sundance#6 went offline at 00:08 this morning.   Alberta’s oil and gas industry is calling for royalty system changes that lower industry costs and increase its competitive advantage, including a new credit for deep oil wells similar to that that for gas wells and a royalty “freeze” for enhanced recovery from mature formations. In its […]

BC Signs Pact with Clean Energy BC

British Columbia’s clean-energy industry and publicly owned BC Hydro have signed a pact that promises a co-operative hunt for opportunities to build new private power projects. Hydro’s construction of the massive Site C hydroelectric dam, however, means investors will have to be patient. In the absence of any concrete commitments, Paul Kariya, executive director of […]

BRTP Gets Tide Funding; P&G Goes 100% Wind

Black Rock Tidal Power (BRTP), has raised C$15 million (US$11.5 million) for investment in its 2.5-MW TRITON floating marine hydrokinetic energy platform. BRTP will initially install 16 of its “STG” generating units in spring 2016 at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy in Canada, giving the project an output capacity of 1.1 MW. The […]

SD#5 Off/On; Path 83 Off/On; Market Choice for Alberta Coal Phase Out

Sundance#5(406MW) went offline at 21:40 Friday and back online at 18:03 Sunday; Path 83 (MATL) out of service at 16:01 Saturday and back in service at 13:20 Sunday. HE 20 last night was $403.47.   It’s understandable if Alberta’s coal-fired electrical plant operators are starting to sweat as Premier Rachel Notley cranks up the heat […]