Bill 14 – An Act to Empower Utility Consumers

Effective December 1, 2018, Bill 14: An Act to Empower Utility Consumers (“Bill”) will expand the role of the Utilities Consumer Advocate (UCA) to include water utilities as part of its services.

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MSA and BP Settlement – Participation Ruling

On October 24, 2018, the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) made a ruling on participation applications for Proceeding 23828 related to the approval of a settlement agreement between the Market Surveillance Administrator (MSA) and the Balancing Pool (BP).

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Implementation of the Capacity Market: On-going Consultations

Capacity market consultations continue as the DOE, AESO and AUC work to develop and approve rules that will implement and govern the capacity market.

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ISO Rules to Implement the Capacity Market (Technical Meetings)

In order to develop the ISO rules to implement the capacity market, the AESO has hosted a succession of technical meeting, and requests for stakeholder feedback on three iterations of Market Rules.

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Proceeding 23757: Rules to Implement the Capacity Market

On July 3, 2018, following the passage of Bill 13, the Commission initiated a proceeding to consider rules to implement and operate the capacity market.

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AUC Ruling on CCA Complaint against the AESO 

On July 23, 2018 the AUC issued a ruling on the CCA’s complaint against the AESO related to the first version of the comprehensive market design proposal for the capacity market.

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ISO Rule Proposal Process

The Electric Utilities Act (EUA) requires the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) to establish a process for interested parties to propose new or modify existing Independent System Operator (ISO) rules. The AESO outlined plans for a process on October 18, 2018.

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Dispatchable Renewables and Energy Storage in Alberta

The Government of Alberta (GOA) directed the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) to review and assess the potential need for dispatchable renewables and energy storage due to significant intermittent generation being added to the grid by renewables.

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AESO 2018 ISO Tariff Application

The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) directed the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) to suspend the application of Information Document 2018-019T (ID) regarding the determination of Rate STS (supply transmission services), Rate DTS (demand transmission services), and metering levels for distribution system connected generation. The Commission determined that the ID should be tested in the AESO 2018 Independent System Operator (ISO) tariff application proceeding (22942) before requiring parties to implement the change.

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METSCO’s Asset Management Framework Evaluation

On September 15, 2017, the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) initiated a proceeding (23102) to review ENMAX Power Corporation (ENMAX) and EPCOR Distribution & Transmission Inc’s (EPCOR) asset management projects that were supported by a report generated by METSCO Energy Solutions Inc (METSCO).

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