News and updates
The AESO is committed to a transparent stakeholder engagement process; we will engage with stakeholders on an ongoing basis to design the best possible framework for Alberta.
Update on the AESO's approach to developing the technical design of the capacity market
February 13, 2018
Comprehensive Market Design First Draft
January 26, 2018
The AESO has published the first draft of its proposed design for the capacity market, known as the Comprehensive Market Design (CMD 1). Please click here for more information.
Comprehensive market design working group member list and schedule
January 18, 2018
The AESO has published a member list for the three working groups that will be providing advice to the AESO on the development of the Comprehensive Market Design (CMD) document. An engagement schedule with details about working group sessions and feedback opportunities has also been published.
AESO Response to SAM 3.0 industry feedback and stakeholder engagement
January 16, 2018
The AESO has posted responses to industry feedback on SAM 3.0 and future stakeholder engagement. This feedback is being considered by the AESO as it develops the Comprehensive Market Design. Click here for more information.
December 21, 2017
Meeting materials from Industry Executive Advisory Council (IEAC) sessions held in November and December are now available on our website. The IEAC provides advice to the CEO of the AESO, and has no direct decision making authority.
Stakeholder comments on SAM 3.0
December 20, 2017
The AESO has posted all comments submitted by stakeholders regarding SAM 3.0. The AESO will post responses to SAM 3.0 stakeholder feedback in January, 2018.
Dec. 11 stakeholder session materials
December 20, 2017
SAM 3.0 published
December 6, 2017
The AESO has published the Straw Alberta Market (SAM) 3.0 Stakeholder Update.
SAM 3.0 documents provisional recommendations developed by each of the five design stream working groups and provides the context of the working group discussions in which these recommendations were formed.
A stakeholder session to review SAM 3.0 and to discuss next steps in the capacity market design process will be held on December 11.
Mechanics of evolved approach to Capacity Market design
November 16, 2017
The AESO has posted an update on the evolved approach to Capacity Market design. For more information, please click here.
Industry Executive Advisory Council
November 14, 2017
An Industry Executive Advisory Council (IEAC) has been established by the AESO’s Chief Executive Officer to advise on key matters related to Alberta’s transition to a capacity market. For more information, please click here.
December 11 stakeholder session
November 14, 2017
The AESO invites interested parties to attend a stakeholder session to review SAM 3.0 recommendations and the evolution of Capacity Market design process. For more information, please click here.
Evolution of approach to capacity market design
October 24, 2017
In order to ensure continued progress in developing the technical design of the capacity market, the AESO will be evolving its approach. For more information, please click here.
SAM 2.0 industry feedback for working groups
October 19, 2017
The AESO has assigned industry feedback on SAM 2.0 to the appropriate Design Stream Working Groups. Summaries of how each group considered the feedback are posted here.
Updated member list
September 21, 2017
The AESO has updated the Design Stream Work Group Member List. To view the updated list, please click here.
Stakeholder comments on SAM 2.0
September 20, 2017
The AESO has posted all stakeholder comments regarding SAM 2.0. The AESO will assign this feedback to the appropriate Design Stream Working Groups, and each group will review the feedback and consider it in light of how it may improve the capacity market design recommendations.
Sept. 7 stakeholder session materials
September 8, 2017
Work plans to SAM 3.0 posted
September 6, 2017
Stakeholder session presentation available
August 31, 2017
The presentation for the upcoming September 7, 2017 stakeholder session is now available.
SAM 2.0 published
August 30, 2017
Upcoming stakeholder session
August 18, 2017
The AESO is hosting a stakeholder session on September 7, 2017 to review the progress working groups have made in the development of a capacity market design for Alberta. Click here for details.
Updated membership list
June 27, 2017
The AESO has posted an updated membership list, proposed meeting schedule and work plan for the capacity market design working groups. Individual pages have been created for each of the five working groups where meeting materials will be posted. Click here for more information.
Design working group kick-off meetings
June 20, 2017
Kick-off meetings for the design stream working groups took place in early June. Presentations from these sessions can be found in the working group materials section of the design working groups page.
Design stream working group member list
June 7, 2017
The AESO has confirmed its selections for the design stream working groups that will help the AESO develop the design of Alberta’s capacity market. Please click here for a list of Members.
Webinar recording available
May 18, 2017
The AESO has published the May 17 webinar recording.
Stakeholder session presentation
May 16, 2017
The AESO has posted the presentation for its May 17 stakeholder session on capacity market design.
The AESO has posted a document showing the relationship between starting points in the Straw Alberta Market 1.0 proposal and detailed design questions.
Invitation to join design stream working group
May 12, 2017
The AESO is organizing stakeholder working groups to develop recommendations for the design of Alberta’s capacity market. Stakeholders who are interested in becoming a member of a working group are encouraged to review the terms of reference and complete the application for working groups. The deadline for applications is May 24, 2017.
May 11, 2017
The AESO has posted the Straw Alberta Market (SAM 1.0) – Proposal for discussion.
Working group Terms of Reference
May 5, 2017
The AESO has posted terms of reference for capacity market design working groups here.
Capacity market update
May 2, 2017
Following the stakeholder session held on April 25, 2017, the AESO has posted an update on capacity market design activities. Please click here for more information.
Presentation and webinar recording
April 25, 2017
The presentation and a recording of the April 25, 2017 stakeholder session on capacity market design is now available for review.
- April 25, 2017 stakeholder session - presentation
- April 25, 2017 stakeholder session - webinar recording
AESO response to stakeholder feedback
April 21, 2017
The following documents address key themes that emerged in stakeholder feedback from the January 12 and 16, 2017 stakeholder sessions.
Review of capacity market designs
March 30, 2017
The AESO commissioned Charles River Associates to conduct a review of capacity market designs in the US and Europe. The report identifies commonly accepted practices and lessons learned in designing these capacity markets. The report also discusses key characteristics of Alberta’s electricity system that may influence design choices. This report provides a useful base of information for the AESO and stakeholders to consider as we move into the detailed design phase of developing Alberta’s capacity market.
Stakeholder session presentation and webinar
February 7, 2017
The AESO hosted a capacity market design education session on Feb. 7, 2017 in Calgary. Charles River Associates presented A Capacity Market Primer for Alberta.
January 16, 2017
Kick-off consultation sessions were held in Calgary and Edmonton. To view a copy of our presentation, click here.
The AESO requested feedback on the content for this session. Thank you to those who responded to our request. Click here for stakeholder feedback.