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: Power changes unveiled in Alberta, but a bigger jolt awaits

Pictured is a power line in Calgary. Azin Ghaffari / Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia Calgary The provincial government just sent a small spark through Alberta’s power market. A bigger jolt could come in the next few weeks. The Kenney government introduced legislative…

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.…