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    Designing the market

    We thank all stakeholders for their contributions to the design of the capacity market. Information below is for historical reference only. The Government of Alberta announced on July 24, 2019 that the capacity market will not be implemented, and the energy-only market will continue.

    Comprehensive Market Design (CMD)

    Beginning 2017, the AESO engaged working groups and stakeholders in the development of the capacity market design. The Comprehensive Market Design (CMD) Final is the culmination of 18 months of extensive analysis, due diligence and significant input gathered from experts representing a broad range of stakeholder groups.

    To find previous iterations of the CMD, including all the stakeholder feedback and comments we received, click here

    CMD working groups

    To help design a capacity market that will meet Alberta’s needs, the AESO relied heavily on the participation of stakeholders. Working groups were formed to gather input from many stakeholders representing a broad spectrum of interests to design a market that will be best for Alberta.

    Working group meetings

    Straw Alberta Market 

    Prior to developing the CMD, the AESO released three Straw Alberta Market proposals (called SAM 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0) beginning in May 2017. The SAM proposals served as a starting point for collaborative discussions about capacity market design among industry stakeholders and the AESO. 

    Industry Executive Advisory Council

    The Industry Executive Advisory Council (IEAC) provided strategic advice to the AESO’s Chief Executive Officer on key matters related to Alberta’s transition to a capacity market, including technical design. Members are senior executives from Alberta’s electricity industry selected by the AESO’s CEO, and include both generators and large consumers of electricity. The IEAC has no direct decision making authority.

    Consumer Interest Advisory Council

    The Consumer Interest Advisory Council (CIAC) provided strategic advice to the AESO’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on key matters related to Alberta’s transition to a capacity market, including technical design. Members are selected by the AESO’s CEO and represent a cross section of Alberta consumers. The CIAC has no direct decision making authority.

    Key stakeholder engagement materials