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: Kenney holds the power as electricity sector faces profound ch

Power transmission lines are shown on the eastern edge of Calgary on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Jim Wells / Jim Wells/Postmedia Hearings kicked off this week into the future of the province’s electricity market design, but a high-stakes decision about…

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.…