Varcoe: Cold snap welcomed by power and gas producers as Albertans await relief

Sun sets in Calgary as the city’s under an extreme cold warning on Monday, January 13, 2020. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia A nasty cold snap will leave many Albertans marooned indoors for the week, but it has already provided a spark to…

Varcoe: As Alberta electricity generators switch to gas, power price cap comes under spotlight

TransAlta Corp. chief executive Dawn Farrell says the company can’t get out of coal fast enough. Darren Makowichuk / DARREN MAKOWICHUK/Postmedia The Kenney government’s decision to cancel the redesign of Alberta’s electricity system to a capacity market won’t side-track two…

Varcoe: Electricity sector eyes election as changes jolt Alberta industry

Dawn breaks over transmission lines in Edmonton. Postmedia Archives Alberta’s electricity sector has been jolted by policy changes over the past four years, from phasing out coal-fired power plants and building a new capacity market to aggressively promoting renewable energy.…

Varcoe: Electricity watchdog finds Balancing Pool broke rules, opposition blames NDP

A Market Surveillance Administrator investigation found the Balancing Pool breached its own regulations and the Electric Utilities Act. Tom Braid/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency / Tom Braid/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency Following a lengthy investigation, Alberta’s electricity market watchdog has found a government agency…