As one of its first actions under the Climate Leadership Plan, the Alberta government has chosen the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) to develop and implement a renewable electricity incentive program to add additional renewable generation capacity into Alberta’s electricity system.
“We are pleased to help support the government’s Climate Leadership Plan by developing and implementing an incentive program to bring more renewables onto the grid and to do so in a low-cost manner,” says Mike Law, the AESO’s vice president of renewables development and sustainability. “We appreciate the government’s commitment to integrating new sources of renewable power into the Alberta electric system without compromising reliability.”
The first competition for new renewable electricity projects is expected in late 2016, following approval from the Alberta government. The government has requested that the AESO provide its recommendations on program design in May. Stakeholder engagement will commence immediately.
Over the last five years, the AESO has made investments in transmission infrastructure to support the integration of additional generation – including renewables – and move power from where it is produced to where it is needed. During that same time frame, Alberta’s renewables portfolio increased by 45%, from 1,927 MW in 2010 to 2,785 MW today.