Genesee Generating Station
Units 1 & 2

Alberta, Canada

Status

In Operation

Year

1989

Owned Capacity

860

MW

Owned/Operated

100/100

Coal
Natural Gas
Status
In Operation
Year

1989

OWNED CAPACITY

860

MW

OWNED/OPERATED

100/100

Coal
Natural Gas

Genesee Station Overview

Located west of Edmonton near Warburg, AB, the Genesee Generating Station consists of Units 1, 2 and 3 which provide over 1,300 MW of baseload generation. Genesee Units 1 & 2 and Genesee Unit 3 use different technologies to provide Responsible Energy for Tomorrow.

Genesee 1 & 2 is subject to a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Alberta Balancing Pool, which is in effect until December 31, 2020. Under these terms, the Balancing Pool is entitled to the power produced by G1 and G2, up to their committed capacity.  Costs associated with compliance with changes in environmental regulation are passed through to the PPA holder under a change of law provision. Generation in excess of committed capacity is managed as part of Capital Power’s Alberta electricity portfolio optimization activities. Long-term, contracted cash flows from this project, together with low fuel-supply risks, contribute to the overall financial stability of Capital Power’s portfolio of assets. At the facility, Unit 2 was commissioned in 1989 and Unit 1 in 1994.

Quick Facts

  • Excellent operating history and high availability
  • Units regularly run at or near full production capacity

Repowering of Genesee Units 1 & 2

Capital Power is proposing to repower Genesee Units 1 & 2 to natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) generation units. Located entirely within the footprint of the existing Genesee Generating Station, the repowering project would involve installing new gas-fired combustion turbines and heat recovery steam generators, while utilizing the existing steam turbine generators. Each of the two repowered units will increase its gross generation capacity potential to 732 MW from 430 megawatts (MW). 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.

There are significant environmental benefits 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. For example, the carbon emissions intensity of using natural gas as a fuel source will decrease CO2 by approximately 60% when compared to emissions when the units are running on coal. In addition, overall water usage for the repowered units will be reduced with the new technology by at least half.

Approval for the project is required from Alberta Parks and Environment (AEP) and the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC). Capital Power anticipates submitting its regulatory applications in late 2020. Based on a successful outcome of the regulatory process for the NGCC repowering project, Genesee 1 would become a dedicated NGCC unit by 2023; Genesee Unit 2 would become a dedicated NGCC unit by 2024.

For more information, read our project information package below.

Stakeholder Engagement

Join us virtually. Capital Power is committed to sharing information with and hearing from stakeholders about this project.

Due to limits on public gatherings associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and Capital Power’s commitment to protect stakeholders and employees, Capital Power is not holding in-person public open houses at this time. Instead Capital Power is hosting a virtual question and answer session for stakeholders to provide feedback, ask questions and receive answers from the project team.

When:  Tuesday, September 22 / 3:30 to 6:30pm MDT
How: By Phone: Canada/USA toll-free 1-800-319-4610

If you are unable to participate in the question and answer sessions, stakeholders are encouraged to contact us anytime with their questions or comments about the project by:

Telephone: 1-855-703-5005
Email: [email protected]
Mail: Genesee Repowering Project C/O Stakeholder Engagement

C/O Stakeholder Engagement
Capital Power
10th Floor EPCOR Tower
10423 101 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5H 0E9

Genesee Generating Station consists of some of Alberta’s youngest and most efficient thermal generations 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

Site Contact

What's New

News and Stories
Advancing our commitment to gender equality with Equal by 30

At Capital Power, delivering Responsible Energy for Tomorrow means advancing the participation of women in energy and closing the gender gap. Our Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Committee is proud to...

Media Releases
Capital Power announces a C$350 million medium term note offering and the early redemption of C$251 million of medium term notes

Capital Power announced today that it has priced a public offering in Canada of unsecured medium term notes in the aggregate principal amount of C$350 million (the “Offering”). The notes have a cou...

Media Releases
Capital Power announces a 10-year tolling agreement extension for Decatur Energy Center

Capital Power (TSX: CPX) announced today the execution of a 10-year tolling agreement extension through December 2032 for Decatur Energy Center (Decatur Energy) with the current counterparty.

Media Releases
Capital Power reports solid second quarter 2020 results, announces a 6.8% dividend increase for its common shares, and the Strathmore Solar project

Capital Power (TSX: CPX) released financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2020.

Media Releases
Capital Power announces a 6.8% dividend increase for its common shares and declares dividends for its Preference shares

The Board of Directors for Capital Power Corporation (TSX: CPX) (Capital Power) declared a dividend of $0.5125 per share on the outstanding common shares for the quarter ending September 30, 2020.

Media Releases
Capital Power announces date for release of its second quarter 2020 financial results and analyst conference call

Capital Power (TSX: CPX) will release its second quarter 2020 results before the markets open on July 30, 2020. Management will host a conference call with analysts on the same day at 9:00 a.m. MT...

Media Releases
Capital Power proceeding with phase 3 of the Whitla Wind facility

Capital Power announced today that it is moving forward with the third phase of the Whitla Wind facility (“Whitla Wind 3”) that will add 54 megawatts (MW) in late 2021. The Whitla Wind facility is ...

Media Releases
Capital Power and its employees contribute $400,000 in support of Alberta COVID-19 relief efforts

Capital Power and its employees have donated $400,000 in support of COVID-19 relief efforts in Alberta, raised through the Company’s ‘GENerosity: Let’s Rally Together’ matched-giving campaign and a...

Media Releases
Capital Power reports voting results from the 2020 annual meeting of shareholders

The annual meeting of shareholders for Capital Power was held on May 1, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta. Each of the matters voted upon at the annual meeting is discussed in detail in the Company’s Manag...

Media Releases
Capital Power reports solid first quarter 2020 results and reiterates its 2020 financial guidance

Capital Power released financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.