March 18, 2020

Balancing Pool Office Closure

In light of current developments related to COVID-19, the Balancing Pool’s office will be physically closed and staff will be working remotely until further notice. As a further precaution, no Balancing Pool staff members will be attending meetings in-person. All staff members are available remotely and business continues as normal as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call our main office line at (403) 539-5350 to leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.




The Balancing Pool was created by the Government of Alberta to manage certain assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses arising from the transition to competition in Alberta’s electric industry. The Balancing Pool was originally established in 1998 as a separate financial account of the Power Pool Council and commenced operations in 1999. The Power Pool Council was a statutory corporation established under the Electric Utilities Act of Alberta (1995). The requirement to establish the Balancing Pool and its associated mandate was set out in the Balancing Pool Regulation.

With the proclamation of the Electric Utilities Act on June 1, 2003, the Balancing Pool was established as a separate statutory corporation. The assets and liabilities of the Power Pool Council that related to the duties, responsibilities and powers of the Balancing Pool were transferred to the Balancing Pool.

The Balancing Pool’s mandate can be briefly described as follows:

  • Managing the financial accounts arising from the transition to a competitive generation market on behalf of electricity consumers; and
  • Meeting obligations and responsibilities relating to Power Purchase Arrangements (PPAs) as defined in Section 1(1)(nn) of the Electric Utilities Act.
Our Legislated Duties

The Balancing Pool supports a fair, efficient and openly competitive electricity market in Alberta by performing the legislated duties and responsibilities set out in its mandate, including managing the risks associated with certain generating assets held on behalf of Alberta’s electricity consumers.

The Balancing Pool’s legislated duties include the following:

  • Act as a buyer for the PPAs that were not sold in public auction or that were subsequently terminated by third party buyers and manage those assets in a commercial manner;
  • Sell the energy and capacity associated with the PPAs into Alberta’s wholesale electricity market;
  • Act as a risk backstop in relation to extraordinary events, such as force majeure, affecting the PPAs;
  • Allocate (or collect) any forecasted cash surplus (or deficit) to (from) electricity consumers in Alberta in annual amounts over the life of the Balancing Pool;
  • Hold the Hydro Power Purchase Arrangement (“Hydro PPA”) and manage the associated stream of receipts or payments;
  • Participate in regulatory and dispute resolution processes.

The following statutes establish and govern the Balancing Pool and its mandate and duties:


Mandate & Roles

The Balancing Pool’s Mandate and Roles Document was developed collaboratively between the Minister of Energy and the Balancing Pool. It is intended to satisfy the requirements of the Alberta Public Agencies Governance Act (APAGA) and reflects a common understanding of the authority, respective roles and responsibilities of the parties.