Following the election last year of premier Rachel Notley, Alberta shocked the energy sector by announcing it would phase out coal-fired generation entirely by 2030 and largely replace it with new wind and solar plants, as part of a much heavier focus on combating climate change.

Last month Alberta made “firm” its 30% renewables target for 2030, which the province says will require around 5GW of new capacity and C$10.5bn ($7.9bn) of investment. The province’s grid operator is expected to launch the first of a series of renewables