Genesee Generating Station
We are leading the way toward a low-carbon future by investing in world-leading efficiency and decarbonization technologies at our Genesee Generating Station to provide reliable, affordable, and decarbonized baseload generation to the grid. Located west of Edmonton near Warburg, AB, the Genesee facility consists of three generating units which provide over 1,300 MW of baseload generation to Albertans. The transformation of all three Genesee units is integral to our transition to net zero.
Coal and Natural Gas
Unit 1 – 1994
Unit 2 – 1989
880 MW (combined)
Genesee Generating Station consists of some of Alberta’s youngest and most efficient thermal generation units. This reliable facility supports the Alberta energy market with baseload power supply and contributes to the economic well-being of the community it operates in. Repowering to best-in-class natural gas units will reduce emissions by 3.4 million tonnes per year and continue to deliver responsible energy for our future.
VP, Thermal Operations West
We’re repowering Genesee 1 & 2 to utilize best-in-class natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) technology, positioning them to be the most efficient NGCC units in Canada when completed. The repowered units will have improved emission intensity, performance, and competitiveness and when complete, will immediately reduce our emissions at Genesee by 3.4 million tonnes annually.
Our Genesee 3 facility completed upgrades in 2023, enabling it to burn 100% natural gas as its primary fuel source – an essential step in moving the entire Genesee Generating Station off coal.
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)
This development project is anticipated to capture 95% of the CO2 emitted from the repowered units, delivering approximately 3 million tonnes of annual CO2 reductions. This project is currently in the stage of final due diligence and commercial/financing assessment; a final investment decision will be announced when this is complete.
Genesee Carbon Conversion Centre (GC3)
We’re planning to build one of the world’s largest commercial scale production facilities of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) at our Genesee Generating Station. GC3 will utilize emissions from the facility alongside C2CNT technology, a carbon conversion solution that transforms emissions into highly valuable carbon nanotubes.
The Genesee Mine operation, located in Leduc County, is a 50/50 joint venture between Capital Power LP and Westmoreland Coal Company. The Genesee Mine will cease operations as the facility transitions to natural gas. Reclamation work will continue at the mine to return the land to its natural state. See ‘Environmental Initiatives’ section below for further details on our comprehensive reclamation activities.
The Genesee Mine license includes a comprehensive land reclamation plan, including the re-establishment of wetlands and natural creek bodies, and the development of wildlife corridors. The plan also includes topics such as soil recovery and management of noise, dust, surface water and groundwater. Current reclamation activities include:
- Planting spruce, aspen and willow seedlings to create a more diverse landscape that can sustain multiple land uses
- Renting reclaimed land to local farmers to use for crops such as canola, barley, wheat, and alfalfa, or to use as pastureland for cattle
- Bluebird nesting box project to increase Mountain Bluebird populations and encourage nesting of other valuable species
- Supporting research in live root transfer, aspen seedling selection and the establishment of hybrid poplar plantations as ways to create forested areas as part of the reclaimed mine lands
- Wetlands management
- Re-establishment of creeks and drainage channels
- Incorporation of wildlife corridors
- Planting trees along shelter belts
- Establishment of dugouts
Peregrines at Genesee:
Peregrine falcons have made a resurgence throughout North America and can often be found nesting in urban and industrialized areas on tall, human-built structures. The Genesee facility has hosted nesting falcons since the early 1990s. Learn More
Community Investment and Involvement
At Capital Power, we contribute to the communities in which we operate with the aim of building a sustainable future for all. We engage our neighbours, consider their interests and build real relationships. We aim to source supplies and services locally for our operations, as well as hire from the community. At the Genesee Generating Station:
- We employ more than 200 permanent employees.
- We recognize that transitioning Genesee to natural gas will result in a reduction of staff at the facility, and we’re committed to helping transition staff to new careers or supporting their path to retirement.
- We pay approximately $5,986,000 in property and linear tax each year, contributing annually to community tax bases, supporting the improvement of infrastructure, roadways, and community services.
We give back where we live and work by supporting local organizations and our employees’ community participation through our corporate giving programs.
Recent community giving:
- Boreal Avian Research & Conservation Association
- Pioneer Agricultural Society Heritage Day
- Community Easter Egg Hunt
- Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) – Volunteer appreciation; Seniors Week; Summer Programs
- Light Up Warburg
- Thorsby Jr / Sr High School Rodeo
- Leduc County’s Genesee Park
- Warburg School
- Warburg Family Halloween Dance
- Thorsby & District Malanka Festival
- Warburg Community BBQ and Chili Cook Off
Connecting with our Neighbours
Capital Power’s relationship with our neighbours is an important focus of our Genesee operations. We have a number of ways for community members to connect with us:
- Speak or meet with our Genesee Land Manager
- Read information in the Genesee Connection newsletter
- Attend project-specific open houses
- Attend a mine, reclamation, crop, plant or station tour
- In-person at Good Neighbour breakfast meetings with Leduc County and Village of Warburg Council members and staff 2-3 times annually
*Note: All in person meetings are currently on hold due to COVID-19. Virtual options to connect with Capital Power are available.
Hunting on Genesee Land
The hunting program allows access to portions of Capital Power land to hunt big game and waterfowl under specific conditions:
- High powered rifles are not permitted.
- Bow hunting, Black powder rifles and Shotguns with slugs are allowed.
- The Provincial Hunting regulations shall apply in all situations.
- Access is granted and managed through Hunting for Tomorrow (AHEIA)
The pheasant hunting program is managed in partnership with the Alberta Conservation Association (ACA). A permit is required to hunt on the pheasant release site. Information can be found on the website: cphuntingregistration.com