Market Updates: Electricity

The Columbia River Treaty and Canada's Bargaining Position: Five Things to Watch For


Published on: September 12, 2018

Commodity Report - Electricity - August 2018

The Columbia River Treaty (CRT) is a landmark trans-boundary water management agreement between the United States and Canada. The Treaty optimizes flood management and electricity generation, through coordinated operation of reservoirs and water flows for the Columbia River and Kootenay River. Certain provisions of the Treaty are set to expire in 2024. The United States and Canada began negotiations to modernize the CRT in May 2018. The feature article in this issue of CERI electricity report makes five observations about the bargaining positions of Canada and the US in its renegotiation of the Treaty.

August 2018

Electricity - The Year in Review


Published on: March 29, 2018

Commodity Report - Electricity - March 2018

Looking back to 2017, there were a number of key events. Most dealt with the transition toward low emitting options including the increased use of hydroelectricity, and the evolution to lower carbon generation .... Download full report.

March 2018

Challenges of Transitioning to a Greener Grid in Canada


Published on: December 14, 2017

Electricity Quarterly Report - December 2017

Many countries are implementing environmental policies that oblige electric power generators to reduce their emissions. Canada’s new policies to reduce emissions are influencing the various transitions in the electricity sector of the different provinces. Some of these policies include phasing-out coal, implementing a carbon tax, and incentives and targets for integrating renewable energy generation sources. Demand-side management and energy efficiency policies, market and regulatory reform, and energy literacy, will all have a role to play in transitioning towards a cleaner grid..... Download full report.

December 2017

Alberta Capacity Market, The New Market Unfolds


Published on: September 13, 2017

Electricity Quarterly Report - September 2017

In November 2016, a year after introducing the Climate Leadership Plan to reduce carbon emissions, the Government of Alberta announced its policy decision to restructure the existing “energy-only” electricity market, with the addition of a capacity market.1 This plan phases out coal, and consequently requires investment in the form of new renewable capacity, natural gas generation, or other dispatchable resources. Following this announcement, government stakeholder sessions were held to discuss the details and setup of the new market. The current start period for first capacity delivery is 2021..... Download full report.

September 2017

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