Alberta moves one step closer to its target of 30 per cent renewable energy by 2030 as round one of the Renewable Electricity Program enters the request for proposals stage.
The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) has invited national and international companies to participate in the final stage of the competition. A total of 29 projects qualified to advance to the request for proposals stage, representing approximately 10 times the number of megawatts targeted for the first round.
“Round one of the program has attracted strong national and international interest in developing renewable generation in Alberta,” said Mike Law, senior vice president and chief operating officer of AESO. “Each stage of the competition has surpassed expectations, positioning the province well to meet the 30 per cent renewables target by 2030.”
Successful bidders will provide a target of 400 megawatts of renewable electricity at the lowest cost to consumers, or enough to power up to 170,000 homes. The projects are required to be operational by the end of 2019.
In total, the Renewable Electricity Program will support the development of 5,000 megawatts of renewable electricity capacity by 2030. The program is expected to attract at least $10.5 billion of investment into the Alberta economy and create more than 7,200 jobs for Albertans.
More information about the Renewable Electricity Program is available from the Alberta Electric System Operator at aeso.ca/rep.