While the province makes the necessary reforms to the electricity system, government is protecting Alberta families, farms and small businesses from volatile electricity costs through a
four-year price cap of 6.8 cents per kilowatt hour on the Regulated Rate Option. The Regulated Rate Option is the default electricity contract available to most Alberta electricity consumers. From June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2021, should the market price of electricity rise above 6.8 cents, consumers on the regulated rate will not see an increase on their bills.
A capacity market will also support Alberta’s transition to cleaner power. To reduce emissions and increase the use of renewables to generate electricity in Alberta, the government
Renewable Electricity Program on March 31, 2017. This
program will add 5,000 megawatts of renewable electricity capacity by 2030 using a competitive process, administered by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), and puts Alberta on a path to achieve a target of 30 per cent renewable energy by that time. In addition, under the
Climate Leadership Plan , pollution from coal-fired electricity generation will be phased out by 2030.
Renewable Electricity Program competition is currently underway, with investors bidding to provide up to 400 megawatts of renewable electricity. Successful projects are expected to be announced by the end of 2017 and operational by 2019. Alberta Energy is currently exploring options for future competitions.
To make it easier for Albertans to generate their own electricity, the
micro-generationrules were amended to increase the capacity limit from one megawatt to five megawatts and allow a system to serve adjacent sites, providing more flexibility with system configurations. The province is also exploring ways to promote community generation of electricity from renewable or alternative sources, such as solar or wind, by communities or organizations.
The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC), the provincial regulator, is responsible to collect and report information on installed generation capacity, electricity generation and sales. This information is available through the
Annual Electricity Data Collection , updated annually.
The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), the province's electricity system operator is responsible for the safe, reliable and economic planning and operation of Alberta’s interconnected electric system and wholesale electricity market. It is a not-for-profit organization. They offer electricity information and reports on a wide range of topics, including an
Annual market statistics report