Genesee Generating Station

From Global Energy Monitor

Genesee Generating Station is a 1,326-megawatt (MW) coal-fired station in Genesee, Leduc County, Alberta, Canada.[1]


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant in Genesee, Leduc country, Alberta, Canada.

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Units 1 and 2 of the station are owned and operated by Capital Power Corporation. Fuel is provided by the nearby coal mine, a joint venture of EPCOR and Westmoreland Prairie Resources. The Genesee cooling pond is an artificial pond covering 735 hectares (1,820 acres). The pond is topped up with water from the North Saskatchewan River.[1]

Unit 3, also known as Genesee 3, was jointly owned by TransAlta (50%) and Capital Power Corporation (50%). Genesee 3 was the first power plant in Canada to use supercritical boiler technology. Capital Power operates the merchant plant, and both parties independently dispatch and market their share of the electrical output through the Alberta Power Pool.[2]

In August 2019 it was reported that Transalta Corporation sold its 50% share in Genesee 3 unit to Capitol Power Corporation in exchange for their 50% share in the Keephills 3 unit.[3]

Conversion to gas

In June 2019 Capital Power announced plans to accelerate the conversion of the plant to run dually on gas in addition to coal. Unit 1 would be 100% dual-fuelled by 2021, Unit 2 by mid-2020, and Unit 3 by a date to be determined.[4] In 2020, Capital Power began seeking regulatory approval for a repowering of Genesee Units 1 and 2. These units would be fully converted to gas power, and the conversion would bring the gross capacity for each unit from 430 MW to 732 MW. Construction is expected to begin in August 2021, with an anticipated in-service date in late 2023 for the repowered Genesee Unit 1 and 2024 for Genesee Unit 2.[5]

In December 2019 Capitol Power stated that it would increase natural gas capability at Genesee 3 to 100% by 2021.[6] That timeline appears to have been pushed back; as of March 2021, Capital Power was targeting 2023 for the completion of the transition to 100% gas power at Genesee 3.[7]


Under provincial and federal regulations introduced in November 2018, all coal-fired plants in Alberta are to be retired by December 31, 2029.[8]

Plant Data

  • Sponsor: Capital Power Corporation
  • Parent company: Capital Power Corporation
  • Location: Genesee, Leduc country, Alberta, Canada
  • Coordinates: 53.3437864, -114.3045275 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross Capacity: Unit 1: 430 MW; Unit 2: 430 MW; Unit 3: 466 MW[9]
  • Type: Units 1-2: Sub-critical; Unit 3: Supercritical
  • In service: Unit 1: 1989; Unit 2: 1994; Unit 3: 2005
  • Coal Type: Subbituminous
  • Coal Source: Genesee coal mine
  • Source of financing:

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