Electricity

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Alberta's electricity transmission system is the electrical equivalent of our highway system. Transmission lines move electricity from where it is generated to where it is consumed. Sustainable, long-term growth means making sure infrastructure is built, and that means power plants, wind farms and transmission lines are in place to meet the electricity needs of Albertans. In the development of transmission lines Alberta’s tradition of good planning and respect for landowners remains in place.

Alberta's electricity system is owned and operated by a mix of investor-owned and municipally owned companies, not by the Alberta government. To ensure Albertans of a long-term, reliable supply of competitively priced electricity, Alberta Energy develops, supports and monitors the framework for bringing new generation on-line, competitive electricity markets, and efficient delivery systems.

Alberta's competitive electricity market has resulted in over 9,000 megawatts (MW) of new installed electricity generating capacity since 1998. To put this growth in perspective, one MW of generating capacity could generate enough electricity to power over 1,000 typical Alberta households.

To reduce emissions and increase the use of renewables to generate electricity in Alberta, the government launchedexternal link icon the Renewable Electricity Programexternal ink icon . This programexternal link icon 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.

The ability to deliver electricity throughout Alberta must also be increased in order to keep pace with demand.

Under the Climate Leadership Planexternal link icon , pollution from coal-fired electricity generation will be phased out by 2030.