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INTERPROVINCIAL ELECTRICITY TRADE: THE BRITISH COLUMBIA-ALBERTA INTERTIE

Interprovincial Electricity Trade: The British Columbia-Alberta Intertie

Study Released April 05, 2017

Electricity Quartlery Report - March 2017

Trading electricity via import and export between regions has many benefits. First, a province could benefit from having the ability to import power when electricity is cheaper in other markets and export surplus power when prices are higher, leading to economic efficiency. Second, exchanging power could have environmental benefits. For example, British Columbia (BC) produces over 90 percent of its electricity generation from hydro dams while Alberta (AB) currently generates more than 50 percent of its electricity from coal-fired power plants. BC’s hydroelectric supply can help Alberta to reduce its carbon emissions, by replacing power from higher emitting sources with cleaner power. Similarly, excess power in Alberta (mostly during off-peak hours), can be stored in BC’s pumped hydro storage facilities, which could ultimately be exported back to Alberta when wind or solar production are deficient..... Download full report.

March 2017