Genesee Station Overview
Located west of Edmonton near Warburg, AB, the Genesee Generating Station consists of 3 power generation units which provide over 1,300 MW of baseload generation. Genesee 1 & 2 and Genesee 3 are undergoing repowering and coal-to-gas transformations respectively to move off-coal.
Commissioned in 1989 (Genesee 2) and 1994 (Genesee 1), can produce 880 MW (gross) of power generation for Albertans that Capital Power generates for Alberta’s wholesale electricity market.
- Excellent operating history and high availability
- Units regularly run at or near full production capacity
Repowering of Genesee 1 & 2
We’re repowering Genesee 1 & 2 to natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) generation units. Located entirely within the footprint of our existing Genesee Generating Station, the repowering project involves installing new gas-fired combustion turbines and heat recovery steam generators, while utilizing the existing steam turbine generators. The two repowered units will provide an additional 538 megawatts of net capacity totalling 1,338 MW. The repowered assets will utilize best-in-class NGCC technology and are expected to set a new standard for gas generation efficiency in Canada.
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 Environment and Parks (AEP) and the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC). Capital Power submitted its regulatory applications in late 2020 and received approval from the AUC on March 16, 2021 and AEP on May 18, 2021. Based on the NGCC repowering project schedule, Genesee 1 and Genesee 2 will become dedicated NGCC units in 2024. Genesee 1 & 2 will be converted to run in simple cycle mode before the expected completion of the repowering of each unit.
For more information, read our project information package below.
Genesee CSS Project
Once repowered, Capital Power plans to deploy carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology to Genesee Units 1 and 2. In December 2022, the Genesee CCS project received Limited Notice to Proceed approval from our Board of Directors. The project is currently undergoing a front-end engineering and design (FEED) study with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group and Kiewit Energy Group. The Genesee CCS project is expected to capture up to 95% of the CO2 emitted from the repowered units – delivering up to 3 million tonnes of annual CO2 reductions as early as 2027.
For more information, read below.
Community input is important. Please reach out to us anytime with your questions or comments about the project by:
C/O Stakeholder Engagement
10th Floor EPCOR Tower
10423 101 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5H 0E9