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​Compliance to the provincial Specified Gas Emitters Regulation (SGER)


ENMAX Corporation and its subsidiaries (collectively, "ENMAX") holds interests in generation facilities that emit greenhouse gases (GHGs). Facilities which emit GHGs may be subject to the provincial SGER, which currently requires emitters with annual GHG emissions of 100,000 tonnes or more to meet net emission intensity limits of 85 per cent* of their baseline emissions intensities in 2016, and 80 per cent* of their baseline emissions intensities in 2017. Compliance may be achieved by:

  • Physically reducing emissions below the required reduction under baseline
  • Obtaining Alberta-based GHG offsets generated from the non-regulated sector (GHG offsets are reduction credits purchased by companies to compensate for or offset the emissions they generate) or Emission Performance Credits generated at regulated facilities reducing emissions below required reductions under baseline;  
  • Making payments into the Alberta Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation Fund, at a rate of $20 per tonne (increasing to $30 as of January 1, 2017).

In December 2015, ENMAX delivered notice of its termination of the Battle River PPA, under which we controlled 368 megawatts (MW) of coal-fired generation.  In May 2016, ENMAX delivered a similar notice for the Keephills PPA, under which we controlled 766 MW.  With the exclusion of those coal-fired assets, ENMAX's SGER compliance obligations only relate to natural gas-fuelled facilities. 

In 2016, ENMAX Energy's compliance obligation for our generation portfolio under the Specified Gas Emitter Regulation (SGER), including the relevant term of our power purchase arrangement (PPA) with Keephills coal-fired generating facility and our own natural gas-fueled facilities, was approximately 370,000 tonnes of GHG, the majority of which is attributable to the coal-fired generation PPA.  The Keephills PPA was terminated in May 2016, which significantly reduces our GHG compliance obligations under SGER going forward.  For the compliance obligations arising from our generation portfolio, offset credit were utilized to satisfy the obligation and as such there was no contribution made to the Climate Change Emissions Management Fund in 2016.

ENMAX will continue to serve our customers across Alberta through a strong generation portfolio of approximately 1,700 megawatts fueled by natural gas and wind.

ENMAX remains supportive of the government's vision to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Alberta and committed to constructively engaging with government, consumers, environmental groups and industry to move forward with the implementation of the Climate Leadership Plan.   

*In the case of facilities in their 9th or subsequent year of commercial operation.

Our changing generation portfolio:

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All customers are free to purchase natural gas services from the default supply provider or from a retailer of their choice and to purchase electricity services from the regulated rate provider or from a retailer of their choice. The delivery of natural gas and electricity to you is not affected by your choice. If you change who you purchase natural gas services or electricity services from, you will continue receiving natural gas and electricity from the distribution company in your service area. For a current list of retailers you may choose from, visit www.ucahelps.alberta.ca or call 310-4822 (toll free in Alberta).

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