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    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 to the Comprehensive Market Design stakeholder engagement process

    May 17, 2018

    The AESO has posted an update on CMD engagement. To review this update, please click here.

    Comprehensive Market Design Second Draft

    April 24, 2018

    The AESO has published the second draft of its Comprehensive Market Design proposal (CMD 2). Please click here for more information.

    Comprehensive Market Design May 1 Stakeholder Session

    April 24, 2018

    The AESO invites interested parties to attend a stakeholder session on May 1 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. to learn more about CMD 2 and to discuss the next steps in the capacity market design process. The session will be held in the Eau Claire room at the Westin Hotel in Calgary, Alberta. To attend the session in person or via webinar click here or to download the presentation click here.

    Update on the AESO's approach to developing the technical design of the capacity market

    February 13, 2018

    The AESO has posted an update on the comprehensive market design engagement process, an updated schedule and the final presentation delivered to CMD working group members on February 12.

    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.

    IEAC materials

    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

    The AESO has posted a recording of the webinar from the Dec. 11 stakeholder session. To view the recording, please click here. To view the presentation, please click here.

    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.

    Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments using the SAM 3.0 Stakeholder Comment Matrix. Completed matrices should be sent to capacitymarket@aeso.ca by December 15.

    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

    The AESO has posted a recording of the webinar from the Sept. 7 stakeholder session. To view the recording, please click here. To view the presentation, please click here.

    Work plans to SAM 3.0 posted

    September 6, 2017

    The AESO posted an updated working group meeting schedule and Work plans to SAM 3.0 that includes objectives each working group intends to achieve before the next iteration of SAM is published.

    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

    The AESO has published SAM 2.0, the latest iteration of the Straw Alberta Market. Stakeholders are encouraged to provide comments on the SAM 2.0 Stakeholder Comment Matrix.

    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.

    SAM 1.0

    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. 

    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. 

    A Case Study in Capacity Market Design and Considerations for Alberta

    A Case Study in Capacity Market Design and Considerations for Alberta - Appendices

    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.

    View the webinar recording here.

    Kick-off sessions

    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.