Genesee Generating Station

Alberta, Canada

Genesee Generating Station

We are leading the way toward a low-carbon future by investing in world-leading efficiency and emissions reduction technologies at our Genesee Generating Station to provide responsible energy for tomorrow. 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.

Quick Facts

  • Genesee 1, 2 and 3 collectively provide efficient and reliable baseload power to the Alberta electricity grid.
  • Genesee 3 is one of the most advanced, fuel-efficient, and environmentally progressive coal-fired facilities in Canada and one of the lowest variable-cost, baseload generators in Alberta.
  • In 2019, we will complete year three of a five-year $45 million performance efficiency program that will improve the efficiency of the three existing power generating units by 12% by 2021.
  • In keeping with our focus on reducing CO2 emissions, all three facilities are in the process of reducing their dependence on coal through coal and natural gas dual-fuel flexibility.
  •  Genesee Carbon Conversion Centre (GC3) in development; set to be the world’s first commercial scale production facility of carbon nanotubes.

Maximizing fuel flexibility

We are proceeding with plans to maximize the flexibility of the three units at the Genesee Generating Station to utilize both natural gas and coal as fuel. Expanding the use of natural gas will result in significantly lower absolute emissions relative to the current configurations of the units. Capital Power plans to implement 100% dual-fuel capability for Genesee Units 1, 2 and 3 in 2021. These modifications will provide the Genesee facility with operational flexibility to optimize the fuel-mix at the units between coal and natural gas in response to market conditions and enable the facility to remain as a source of competitive, reliable and responsible baseload power generation for Alberta.

Genesee Carbon Conversion Centre (GC3)

Capital Power is proceeding with plans to build the world’s first commercial scale production facility of carbon nanotubes at our Genesee Generating Station. GC3 will utilize emissions and power from the facility alongside C2CNT technology, a carbon conversion solution that transforms emissions into highly valuable carbon nanotubes. Learn more.

 

Genesee Generating Station
Units 1 & 2

Operational

Fuel Source:
Coal and Natural Gas

Year Commissioned:
Unit 1 – 1994
Unit 2 – 1989

Owned Capacity:
860 MW (combined)

Owned/Operated:
100/100

 

Genesee Generating Station
Unit 3

Operational

Fuel Source:
Coal and Natural Gas

Year Commissioned:
2005

Owned Capacity:
516 MW

Owned/Operated:
100/100

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. Work in recent years to improve plant efficiencies have made Genesee a world leader in the application of existing technologies resulting in a reduction of CO2 emissions by as much as 10%.
Sean Furey
VP, Solid Fuels

Genesee Mine

The Genesee Mine operation, located in Leduc County, is a 50/50 joint venture between Capital Power LP and Westmoreland Coal Company. Operations at the Genesee Mine commenced in 1989, and supply coal at a rate of 5 million tonnes per year to our three existing generation units.

 

Environmental Initiatives

Land Reclamation:

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 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:

  • 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

Hunting on Genesee Land

Capital Power works with Hunting for Tomorrow on a hunting program involving migratory birds and a pheasant release program for hunting with primitive weapons such as black powder rifles, crossbows, shotguns with slugs and bow hunting. To hunt on Genesee lands, register at [email protected] or call 1-780-462-2444.   As part of this program, hunters provide us with follow-up information on the wildlife they see in the field, providing valuable information in managing overall land use.

Site Contact

Phone: 1-780-848-8300
Email: [email protected]

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