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13. Sources

13. Sources

Alberta Electric System Operator, “AESO 2012 Long-term Outlook Update,” 2012. http://www.aeso.ca/downloads/AESO_LTO_Update_Final.pdf Alberta Electric System Operator, “2012 LTO Update...

12. Appendix

12. Appendix

EFFECTIVE CAPACITY Effective capacity is a measure of a given generator’s capacity that the Alberta Electric System Operator can rely upon to be available during the peak load hours, such as early...

11. Recommendations

11. Recommendations

This report shows that it is technically feasible for Alberta to eliminate its very heavy coal reliance within 20 years, without simply switching this reliance to another fossil fuel. It acknowledges...

10. Results

10. Results

Under a Clean Power Transformation scenario, within two decades Alberta could reduce its reliance on coal-fired power for grid electricity from today’s 63.8 per cent to a mere 3.6 per cent of...

9. Methodology

9. Methodology

To understand the degree to which provincial policies could reduce coal’s share of Alberta’s power-generation mix, we modelled three scenarios, which we have called Continued Fossil Reliance,...

7. The Risks of Business As Usual

7. The Risks of Business As Usual

Alberta’s power industry is of course well aware of the looming demand-supply gap, and has a solution in mind: natural gas. As outlined in Scenario 1 on page 11, the industry expects to ramp up gas...

6. A growing need for power: Mind the supply gap

6. A growing need for power: Mind the supply gap

Alberta’s appetite for electricity will grow in lockstep with its oilsands sector. The Alberta Electric System Operator predicts that 6,190 MW of new electricity generation capacity will be needed...

5. A Power System Primed For Change

5. A Power System Primed For Change

As any economist will tell you, the price of a given product or service should accurately reflect its true cost and value. In the case of Alberta’s electricity market, we know that pollution...

4. The Main Barrier To Renewable Power In Alberta

4. The Main Barrier To Renewable Power In Alberta

Simply put, it is extremely difficult to finance a wind or solar farm—or, for that matter, a hydroelectricity  or geothermal power plant—in Alberta. Renewable energy is a capital-intensive...

2. About This Report

2. About This Report

Power to Change: How Alberta Can Green its Grid and Embrace Clean Energy outlines two scenarios under which the province could cut air pollution and greenhouse gases while reducing the energy...