Almost 1,200 MW of new generation being built in Alberta

The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) has nearly 1,200 MW of new power generation under construction and plenty more in the pipeline.

The Alberta system operator recently released its updated “long-term adequacy metrics” report on Aug. 8.

The document indicates that nearly 1,200 MW of generating capacity (1,195 MW to be exact) is currently under construction.

Two noteworthy natural gas power projects, the 100-MW Kearl project and the 170-MW Cold Lake ((Nabiye) 2), are scheduled to be brought into operation by Imperial Oil by the end of 2014.

The AESO update also notes that one 24-MW natural gas unit has its construction currently on hold.

The AESO also lists another 2,950 MW of generating capacity that has received regulatory approval. Aside from a couple of projects of 20 MW or less, the generating assets listed are currently scheduled to come online by early 2020.

Finally the AESO also lists an additional 9,030 MW of generating capacity that have either been announced; applied for either regulatory approval or connection to the AESO system

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Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants. Wayne can be reached at wayneb@pennwell.com.