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.
- 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 GPS 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, we launched our dual-fuel flexibility project in 2019 for Genesee Units 1, 2 and 3 to reduce their dependence on coal. In 2020, we initiated plans and stakeholder engagement for a natural gas repowering project for Genesee Units 1 & 2 and continue plans for a full phase out of coal by 2029.
- Genesee Carbon Conversion Centre (GC3) in development; set to be the largest commercial scale production facility of carbon nanotubes.
Maximizing fuel flexibility and reducing emissions
In 2019, we launched 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. 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.
In 2020, we initiated plans and stakeholder engagement for the repowering of Genesee Units 1 & 2 to natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) generation units. Each of the two repowered units will increase its gross generation capacity potential to 732 MW from 430 megawatts (MW). Significant environmental benefits are expected from the project, including reduction in emissions associated with coal-fired power generation such as carbon dioxide (CO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxide (NOx), particulate and mercury emissions. The repowered assets will utilize best in class, hydrogen-ready NGCC technology and are expected to set a new standard for gas generation efficiency in Alberta. Based on a successful outcome of the regulatory process for the NGCC repowering project, Genesee 1 would move directly to becoming a dedicated NGCC unit by 2023; Genesee Unit 2 would become a dedicated NGCC unit by 2024.
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.
Coal and Natural Gas
Unit 1 – 1994
Unit 2 – 1989
860 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. 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%.
VP, Solid Fuels
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.
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.
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