Renewable Electricity Program
The Renewable Electricity Program (REP) is intended to encourage the development of large-scale renewable electricity generation to support the Government of Alberta’s target of 30 per cent renewable electricity by 2030. The AESO is responsible for implementing and administering the program through a series of competitions that will incent the development of renewable electricity generation through the purchase of renewable attributes.
Building on the tremendous success of REP Round 1, we are pleased to announce that REP Rounds 2 and 3 are now open. Click here to read the Government of Alberta’s news release. REP Round 2 has a procurement target of up to 300 MW and includes a minimum 25 per cent Indigenous equity ownership requirement. REP Round 3 has a procurement target of up to 400 MW. Please click here to learn more about REP Round 2, and click here to learn about REP Round 3.
The Request for Proposals (RFP) stage for both rounds is now open. Qualified proponents have been notified and invited to submit a proposal by October 23, 2018. The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for both rounds has been certified as fair and transparent by an independent, third-party Fairness Advisor. Click here to read the Fairness Attestation letter for Round 2 and click here for Round 3.
Expected dates for the competition stages below apply to both rounds. Additional key dates are included on the REP Round 2 and REP Round 3 pages.
Key features of both rounds
- Eligible projects are limited to new or expanded renewable electricity generation projects located in Alberta
- Projects must be able to connect to the existing distribution or transmission system
- Projects must be greater than or equal to 5 MW in size
- Projects must meet the target in-service date of June 30, 2021
- Eligible fuels must meet Alberta’s definition of renewable energy resources as defined in the Renewable Electricity Act
- The payment mechanism will be an Indexed Renewable Energy Credit (REC) – a key contributor to the success of Round 1
The AESO is running two separate but parallel competitions. This requires unique considerations to meet the Government of Alberta’s objectives and to ensure each competition is conducted in a fair and transparent manner.
Project exclusivity for Rounds 2 and 3 will be required. This means that a project may only compete in one round and participants will not be allowed to switch rounds during the competitive process.
To be eligible to be awarded Renewable Electricity Support Agreements (RESAs), all projects in Round 2 and Round 3 must be able to connect to the existing transmission or distribution system.
The AESO will evaluate Round 2 projects for their ability to connect to the existing transmission or distribution system prior to assessing Round 3 projects.
Clear assessment rules will be transparent to Round 2 and Round 3 respondents in the RFQ and RFP documents with respect to how the AESO will assess available capacity for Round 2 and Round 3 renewables projects.
For general REP inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.