The Alberta Utilities Commission is reviewing renewable energy and micro generation in the province.
“As Alberta moves forward with its Climate Leadership Plan and its 30 per cent renewables target, you basically have to have a lot of information so that you’re informed about how the distribution system can better accommodate growth in greener electricity generation,” said AUC external relations director Jim Law on the Alberta Morning News.
Law said the issues they need to look at are eligibility to generate and connect electricity sources to the system, how to make changes to local distribution grids, and rate designs.
“One of the benefits of the review will be that you’ll have information available to you when you’re making decisions. The information should enable the government to determine how they can more efficiently integrate this kind of renewable generation and the issue of sustainability over the long term.”
Law said the AUC will be talking to suppliers, developers, and utilities over the next nine months to get an idea of what decision the government needs to make.
Alberta produces about 16 megawatts from 1,700 different micro generation systems, including solar panels and wind turbines. The Climate Leadership Plan hopes to more than double that.