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    REP news and updates

    No other REP Rounds to proceed

    On June 10, 2019 the Government of Alberta advised the AESO that they will not be continuing with the Renewable Electricity Program (REP) and thus do not intend to proceed with additional competition rounds. The government provided direction moving forward that the AESO should continue to oversee the projects and contracts awarded under previous REP rounds.

    We will continue to work closely with the Government of Alberta on a competitive framework that provides affordable, reliable electricity for Albertans.

    • REP news and updates archive

      The following information contains an archive of news and updates related to REP Rounds that were published on the AESO’s website during the competition. 

      REP evaluation and Round 4 recommendations

      June 3, 2019

      The AESO submitted recommendations resulting from our evaluation of the Renewable Electricity Program (REP) as well as our recommendations for REP Round 4 to the government on June 3, 2019.

      February 26, 2019

      On February 26, 2019 the Government of Alberta announced a long-term plan to achieve the target of 30 per cent renewable electricity by 2030. As part of this plan, the AESO has been directed to develop recommendations for REP Round 4 by June 3, 2019.

      REP Rounds 2 and 3 results

      December 17, 2018

      On December 17, 2018 the Government of Alberta announced the results of REP Rounds 2 and 3. Five wind projects totalling 363 MW were selected in REP Round 2, and three projects totalling 400 MW were selected in REP Round 3. See the REP Results page for more information.

      RFP for REP Rounds 2 and 3 now closed

      October 24, 2018 

      The Request for Proposals (RFP) stage for REP Rounds 2 and 3 is now closed. Successful projects will be announced in December 2018.

      RFP for REP Rounds 2 and 3 now open

      September 17, 2018

      The Request for Proposals (RFP) stage for REP Rounds 2 and 3 is now open. Qualified proponents have been invited to submit a proposal prior to October 23, 2018 through the AESO’s competition platform, Bonfirehub.

      RFQ for REP Rounds 2 and 3 now closed

      June 21, 2018

      The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) stage for REP Rounds 2 and 3 closed on June 21, 2018. All qualification submissions are being evaluated and qualified respondents will be notified and invited to submit a proposal prior to the start of the Request for Proposals (RFP) stage for each round, which is expected to open September 17, 2018.

      RFQ for REP Rounds 2 and 3 now open

      April 27, 2018

      On April 27, 2018 the AESO opened the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) stage for REP Rounds 2 and 3. 

      Updated REP FAQ available

      April 26, 2018

      The AESO has updated the REP Rounds 2 & 3 FAQ  to address questions received at the April 17 information sessions and until close of the REOI stage on April 20, 2018. 

      Expressions of interest

      April 26, 2018

      The AESO has posted lists of parties who submitted Expression of Interest Forms for REP Rounds 2 and 3. Please click here to view the list for REP Round 2 and click here to view the REP Round 3 list.

      REOI information sessions

      April 18, 2018

      On April 17, 2018, the AESO hosted information sessions for REP Rounds 2 and 3. Click to view the Round 2 presentation and webinar recording or Round 3 presentation and webinar recording. Please note the introduction to the Round 3 webinar was re-recorded to address technical issues with the audio during the session.

      Prior to the RFQ opening on April 27, the AESO will update the REP Rounds 2 & 3 FAQ to address questions received at the information sessions and the questions received at rep@aeso.ca up until 3:30 pm MDT on Friday, April 20.

      Bonfirehub registration now open

      April 18, 2018

      Registration is now open for the AESO’s new procurement platform, Bonfirehub. Parties wishing to participate in the RFQ for REP Rounds 2 and/or 3 must register for a Bonfirehub user account. The AESO has prepared a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to explain the registration process. 

      REP FAQ available

      April 13, 2018

      On April 13, 2018, the AESO posted Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to assist stakeholders interested in participating in REP Rounds 2 and 3.

      Renewable energy to power new jobs, investment

      April 4, 2018

      On April 4, 2018, the Government of Alberta issued a news release regarding REP Rounds 2 and 3. For more information, please click here.

      REP Rounds 2 and 3 now open

      March 29, 2018

      On March 29, 2018, the AESO opened REP Rounds 2 and 3. We are accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI) forms for both rounds until April 20, 2018.

      Interested parties are invited to attend information sessions on April 17, 2018, to learn more about REP Rounds 2 and 3. For more information and registration details for the REP Round 2 session, please click here. For more information and registration details for the REP Round 3 session, please click here.

      REP Rounds 2 and 3 announced

      February 5, 2018

      On February 5, 2018 the Government of Alberta announced REP Rounds 2 and 3. The key features that were essential to the success of Round 1 will be repeated in Rounds 2 and 3. For more information on REP Rounds 2 and 3, please click here.

       

      RFP for REP Round 1 now open

      September 15, 2017

      The Government of Alberta has announced the opening of the final Request for Proposals (RFP) stage for REP Round 1. Qualified respondents from the RFQ stage have been invited to submit a bid proposal. The RFP, including the final form of the Renewable Electricity Support Agreement, is available on the REP SharePoint site for qualified respondents.

      RFQ evaluation complete

      September 15, 2017

      The AESO’s evaluation of RFQ submissions is complete and respondents have been notified. An independent Fairness Advisor has certified the RFQ process has been conducted in a fair and transparent manner.

      RFQ for REP Round 1 now closed

      June 29, 2017

      The RFQ stage for REP Round 1 closed June 16, 2017. All RFQ submissions are being evaluated and qualified respondents will be notified and invited to submit a bid proposal prior to the RFP stage, expected to open Sept. 15, 2017.

      RFQ materials:

      Expressions of Interest for REP Round 1

      May 16, 2017

      The AESO has published a list of parties who submitted an Expression of Interest Form for REP Round 1.

      RFQ for REP Round 1 now open

      April 28, 2017

      The AESO opened a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for REP Round 1 on April 28, 2017. The RFQ and the full form of the draft RESA are available on the REP SharePoint site. Click here to find out more.

      REOI information session FAQ

      April 25, 2017

      Attendees of the REOI information session on April 18, 2017 were provided with a Stakeholder FAQ. The AESO has updated the answer to the behind-the-fence eligibility question to provide further clarity to parties interested in REP Round 1.

      REOI for REP Round 1 now closed

      April 21, 2017  

      The REOI stage for REP Round 1 has now closed. The AESO thanks those who submitted an expression of interest. The AESO plans to open the RFQ stage on April 28, 2017. Submission of an EOI form is not a prerequisite to participating in the RFQ. 

      REOI materials:

      REOI information session

      April 20, 2017         

      The AESO hosted an REOI information session on April 18, 2017 in Calgary. Click to view the presentation or webinar recording.

      Approximately 250 questions were submitted during the information session. The AESO is drafting responses to those questions we were unable to address during the session. We will post them along with other frequently asked questions by April 28, 2017.

      REOI for REP Round 1 now open

      March 31, 2017

      The AESO has opened a Request for Expressions of Interest for the first REP competition. Click here to find out more.

      Eligible biomass fuels information posted

      March 30, 2017

      Information about eligible biomass fuels is provided here.

      Government announces first REP competition to open March 31, 2017

      March 24, 2017

      The Government of Alberta has announced the opening of the first REP competition. A Request for Expressions of Interest for REP Round 1 will open March 31, 2017.

      Stakeholder feedback on RESA key provisions now posted

      January 31, 2017

      On November Nov. 10, 2016 the AESO posted draft key provisions of the Renewable Electricity Support Agreement (RESA) for stakeholder review and comment. We received a comprehensive set of submissions from over 60 stakeholders, and we thank those who participated for their feedback. 

      The AESO committed to thoroughly reviewing all submissions and posting all feedback received on a no names basis. Please click here to review the submissions. 

      Updated key provisions of the RESA are available here, and a full form RESA will be provided when the RFQ stage opens on April 28, 2017. 

      Further details on eligibility requirements posted

      January 19, 2017

      In addition to the general overview of the first competition posted on Nov. 3, 2016, the AESO is providing further details regarding certain eligibility requirements to assist interested bidders in understanding these requirements.

      Definitions

      New and expanded projects

      “New” and “expanded” projects located in Alberta will be eligible to participate in the first competition.

      • A “new” project will be a facility that:

      (a) May include construction on a previously used site if:

      i. There has not been any generation utilizing renewable fuels on such site since September 1, 2016; and

      ii. All generating units and other equipment and facilities are new (other than transmission facilities and site infrastructure such as roads and utility services); and

      (b) Has a design life equal to or greater than the term of the Renewable Electricity Support Agreement (RESA).

      • An “expanded” project will be, in respect of any existing project, the addition of new generation units that:

      (a) Do not replace any existing generating equipment utilizing renewable fuels which are currently operating (or which utilized renewable fuels and have been operating at any time since September 1, 2016); and

      (b) Are separately metered; and

      (c) Have a design life equal to or greater than the term of the RESA.

      Common ownership

      During the RFQ, each bidder (i.e. Respondent) must ensure that its participation in the process is without collusion or fraud. A Respondent and its team members will not be permitted to communicate regarding its RFQ submission with any other Respondent (including that Respondent’s team members). However, it will be permissible for a party which is a Non-Control Team Member (as defined below) of one or more Respondents to communicate with each Respondent of which it is a team member, provided that party keeps each Respondent’s information confidential.

      • “Non-Control Team Member” will mean, in respect of any Respondent, an entity which:

      i. is not a Control Team Member; and

      ii. owns or controls an interest (or is otherwise involved or participating) in any project which the Respondent will be responsible to develop, construct, finance and operate if awarded a RESA.

      • “Control Team Member” will mean, in respect of any Respondent, an entity which:

      i. owns or controls (or is part of the designated equity group that owns or controls) a majority interest in; or

      ii. is the Project Team Lead for;

      any project which such Respondent will be responsible to develop, construct, finance and operate if awarded a RESA.

      • “Project Team Lead” will mean, in respect of any project for which a Respondent is making an RFQ submission, the entity which has lead responsibility for the development of such project on behalf of the Respondent.

      For certainty, an entity will be permitted to be:

      i. a Non-Control Team Member of more than one Respondent; or

      ii. a Control Team Member of one Respondent and a Non-Control Team Member of one or more other Respondents. 

      REP submission fee

      As part of its RFQ submission, each party will be required to pay a non-refundable submission fee. This fee will be calculated based on the aggregate nameplate capacity of all projects submitted plus a fee for all projects submitted in addition to the first, as follows:

      • $1,000/MW of the aggregate nameplate capacity of all projects submitted by a single party, with this portion of the fee being a minimum of $10,000 and a maximum of $50,000; plus
      • For each project submitted in addition to the first, a fee of $2,500.

      Tangible net worth

      In the RFQ submissions, bidders must demonstrate qualifications in the following three categories:

      • Project eligibility;
      • Financial strength and capacity; and
      • Development, construction and operational capability.

      Regarding the financial strength and capacity category, the bidder will need to demonstrate that it has secured commitment for 51 per cent of the required equity from one or more equity providers, and that the equity provider(s) has sufficient ‘tangible net worth’ relative to the proposed project size. The tangible net worth threshold will be a minimum of $250,000 per MW of proposed project capacity and, in the case of multiple equity providers, will be applied proportionately based on each equity provider’s contribution relative to the 51 per cent equity commitment.

      Biomass

      Click here for information about eligible biomass fuels.