Market Pathways

Engagement Outcomes

Thank you for your valuable contributions to the initial Market Pathways engagement which culminated in the AESO's Restructured Energy Market Recommendation Report (REM Recommendation). Following direction from the Minister of Affordability and Utilities, the AESO is moving forward with stakeholder engagement and detailed design on our REM Recommendation. For more information and additional opportunities to participate:

Update | March 11, 2024

The Minister of Affordability and Utilities (MAU) has directed the AESO to move forward with stakeholder engagement and detailed design on our Restructured Energy Market Recommendation (REM Recommendation). The AESO will leverage the collective knowledge of the electricity industry, and work with the Market Surveillance Administrator, to develop the technical design by the end of 2024. Details on an engagement process will be shared shortly through the AESO’s weekly Stakeholder Newsletter and on this site.

As noted in the REM Recommendation, changes to Alberta’s Transmission Regulation are needed to support the transformational changes on the Alberta Interconnected Electric System (AIES). In October 2023, the MAU issued a green paper through its “Transmission Policy Review: Delivering the Electricity of Tomorrow.” The AESO participated in the review, providing our unique and informed perspectives in our November 30, 2023, submission.

Key Materials

March 11, 2024
IPPSA Presentation on AESO Restructured Energy Market (REM) Recommendation
March 11, 2024
Direction Letter from the Minister of Affordability and Utilities (MAU)
January 31, 2024AESO Restructured Energy Market Recommendation (REM) to the Minister of Affordability and Utilities (MAU)
November 30, 2023AESO Transmission (Tx) Policy Recommendation


Objective

Identify market pathways that inform the future evolution of Alberta’s market design considering transformational changes expected on the AIES.

Purpose

Identify market pathways, in collaboration with stakeholders, that inform the future evolution of Alberta’s market design considering transformational changes expected on the AIES. This priority initiative is intended to evaluate the sustainability of the current market design and provide recommendations for change. A key focus will be on how to achieve reliability and affordability through competition.

Collaborative Engagement Approach

Engage stakeholders early on to effectively collaborate on issues and options for market design. As part of our initial thoughts, the AESO is exploring a targeted workgroup approach that could include meeting frequently to progress through identified issues, a wide-range of options and potential solutions. To ensure transparency and support a collaborative approach, the AESO is considering periodic check-ins with the wider industry on workgroup progress, which is intended to provide opportunities to gather the broader stakeholder community's input and understand their perspectives on issues, options and potential solutions. Targeted workgroup membership would ideally include balanced industry representation to ensure a wide spectrum of perspectives is included at this focused discussion level. More details will be shared on our proposed approach with the release of our Market Pathways Primer document the week of July 31, 2023.

Proposed phased approach and associated engagement timeline:

Q3 2023
Phase I: Scoping of Initiative and Issue Identification
Q3 2023 - Q1 2024
Phase II: Determination of Targeted Workgroup; Evaluation of Issues, Options, Potential Solutions and Timing
Q1 2024 - Q2 2024
Phase III: Pathways Identification and Recommendations
Q3 2024 OnwardsPhase IV: Implementation


Background

Alberta’s electricity market structure faces new and increasing challenges to support a reliable and affordable electricity system. The AESO has noted key operational and reliability challenges occurring as a result of this transformation that test the sustainability of the existing market design. Building on the Net-Zero Pathways Report and the Reliability Requirements Roadmap – Market Pathways is the next stage in evaluating the sustainability of the existing market structure.

Engagement Outcomes

Thank you for your valuable contributions to the initial Market Pathways engagement which culminated in the AESO's Restructured Energy Market Recommendation Report (REM Recommendation). Following direction from the Minister of Affordability and Utilities, the AESO is moving forward with stakeholder engagement and detailed design on our REM Recommendation. For more information and additional opportunities to participate:

Update | March 11, 2024

The Minister of Affordability and Utilities (MAU) has directed the AESO to move forward with stakeholder engagement and detailed design on our Restructured Energy Market Recommendation (REM Recommendation). The AESO will leverage the collective knowledge of the electricity industry, and work with the Market Surveillance Administrator, to develop the technical design by the end of 2024. Details on an engagement process will be shared shortly through the AESO’s weekly Stakeholder Newsletter and on this site.

As noted in the REM Recommendation, changes to Alberta’s Transmission Regulation are needed to support the transformational changes on the Alberta Interconnected Electric System (AIES). In October 2023, the MAU issued a green paper through its “Transmission Policy Review: Delivering the Electricity of Tomorrow.” The AESO participated in the review, providing our unique and informed perspectives in our November 30, 2023, submission.

Key Materials

March 11, 2024
IPPSA Presentation on AESO Restructured Energy Market (REM) Recommendation
March 11, 2024
Direction Letter from the Minister of Affordability and Utilities (MAU)
January 31, 2024AESO Restructured Energy Market Recommendation (REM) to the Minister of Affordability and Utilities (MAU)
November 30, 2023AESO Transmission (Tx) Policy Recommendation


Objective

Identify market pathways that inform the future evolution of Alberta’s market design considering transformational changes expected on the AIES.

Purpose

Identify market pathways, in collaboration with stakeholders, that inform the future evolution of Alberta’s market design considering transformational changes expected on the AIES. This priority initiative is intended to evaluate the sustainability of the current market design and provide recommendations for change. A key focus will be on how to achieve reliability and affordability through competition.

Collaborative Engagement Approach

Engage stakeholders early on to effectively collaborate on issues and options for market design. As part of our initial thoughts, the AESO is exploring a targeted workgroup approach that could include meeting frequently to progress through identified issues, a wide-range of options and potential solutions. To ensure transparency and support a collaborative approach, the AESO is considering periodic check-ins with the wider industry on workgroup progress, which is intended to provide opportunities to gather the broader stakeholder community's input and understand their perspectives on issues, options and potential solutions. Targeted workgroup membership would ideally include balanced industry representation to ensure a wide spectrum of perspectives is included at this focused discussion level. More details will be shared on our proposed approach with the release of our Market Pathways Primer document the week of July 31, 2023.

Proposed phased approach and associated engagement timeline:

Q3 2023
Phase I: Scoping of Initiative and Issue Identification
Q3 2023 - Q1 2024
Phase II: Determination of Targeted Workgroup; Evaluation of Issues, Options, Potential Solutions and Timing
Q1 2024 - Q2 2024
Phase III: Pathways Identification and Recommendations
Q3 2024 OnwardsPhase IV: Implementation


Background

Alberta’s electricity market structure faces new and increasing challenges to support a reliable and affordable electricity system. The AESO has noted key operational and reliability challenges occurring as a result of this transformation that test the sustainability of the existing market design. Building on the Net-Zero Pathways Report and the Reliability Requirements Roadmap – Market Pathways is the next stage in evaluating the sustainability of the existing market structure.

  • The feedback request has concluded.

    We invite all interested stakeholders to provide written feedback to share their insights and perspectives on the Market Pathways EWG Summary and on which straw market model overall stakeholders feel best achieves the four objectives on or before December 14, 2023.

    Four Objectives

    1. A Reliable Electric Grid
    2. Affordable Electricity for Consumers
    3. Decarbonization by 2050 and Related Policy Objectives
    4. Reasonable and Realistic Implementation

    Straw Market Models

    Throughout the EWG Sprint sessions, the straw market models have been broadly defined as follows:

    • Energy-Only (Day Ahead or Real Time): Market model where supply type, size, and timing are determined by private sector investors without direction from a central agency, as determined by expectation of market conditions (for all products).
    • Capacity Contract: A competitive auction that procures capacity to meet reliability targets. Typically, auctions are held at regular intervals and contract lengths are short duration (6 months – 5 years).
    • Integrated Planning: Long Term Contracts that can be issued by a central agency (e.g., Ontario ISO) or a utility (e.g., BC Hydro energy calls) as part of their integrated resource plan to procure private sector investment through directed investment (type, size, location determined as part of an overall system plan).

    Relevant Materials

    Instructions

    1. To submit your feedback, you will need to be registered and signed in on the AESO Engage platform.
    2. Please click on the "Complete Stakeholder Feedback" box below to provide your specific comments.
    3. Please submit one completed Stakeholder Feedback survey per organization.
    4. Stakeholder Feedback results will be posted on AESO Engage, in their original state.
    5. Responses due on or before December 14, 2023.

    Stakeholder Feedback Questions

    1. Please indicate which category your organization predominantly represents.
    2. I was a member of the Market Pathways Executive Working Group (EWG) - yes/no.
    3. If you were an EWG member, do you think the EWG Summary accurately reflects the discussion at the Sprints?
    4. If you were an EWG member and you don't believe the EWG Summary accurately reflected the Sprint discussions, what do you believe is missing or misrepresented? Please provide any details you would like added or reflected in the EWG Summary. Please be specific.
    5. If you were not an EWG member, what additional details or perspective would you like to add to the information provided in the EWG materials and Summary of the Sprint discussions? Please be specific.
    6. Which straw market model overall do you feel best achieves the four objectives listed above and why? Please be specific.
    7. Any additional comments
    8. If you'd like to upload a formatted version of your responses, please do so here.
    Complete Stakeholder Feedback
  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The Market Pathways Primer is intended to provide information to stakeholders on the system/market issues and priorities identified by the AESO to date, as well as on the AESO’s proposed Market Pathways process and engagement approach. The AESO is requesting stakeholder feedback on these key pieces to set the foundation for and to inform the Market Pathways initiative going forward. The AESO values stakeholder feedback and invites all interested stakeholders to provide their comments on the following questions. Please be as specific as possible with your responses. Thank you.

    Instructions

    1. Please respond to the questions and provide your specific comments. 
    2. Please upload one completed comment matrix per organization.
    3. Stakeholder Feedback results will be published on AESO Engage, in their original state.
    4. To upload your completed comment matrix:
      1. You will need to be registered and signed in on the AESO Engage platform.
      2. Please click on the "Complete Stakeholder Feedback" box to upload your completed comment matrix
    5. Responses due on or before Sept. 5, 2023

    Stakeholder Comment Matrix

    View the Stakeholder Comment Matrix here or in the AESO Materials section.

    Complete Stakeholder Feedback
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