The last operating coal-fired power plant in Alberta is Capital Power’s massive Genesee Power Plant, west of Edmonton. By 2023, Genesee will be completely off coal and converted to natural gas.
Capital Power is also adding carbon capture and storage to the gas plant, along with a large 210-megawatt battery system. The batteries can be used as back-up for the gas plant, or to store renewable energy to be used as needed. Brian says the Genesee Power Plant is also hydrogen-ready.
This is a step in the right direction, and more action will follow to get the grid to net-zero. Capital Power is also investing heavily in wind and solar power with about 11 operations in North America today.