The Commission’s Decision on Melcor’s Complaint against FortisAlberta’s Design Standards

In Proceeding 26649, the Alberta Utilities Commission (“the Commission”) issues its decision regarding a complaint raised by Melcor Developments Ltd., Highview Communities Inc., and Sunset Properties Inc., (“the Melcor Entities”) opposing the updated design standards of FortisAlberta Inc. (“FortisAlberta”).



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Bill 22, the Electricity Statutes Amendment Act, Passes First Reading

The Alberta Legislature introduced Bill 22, the Electricity Statutes (Modernizing Alberta’s Electricity Grid) Amendment Act on April 27, 2022. The acceptance of this bill would make several amendments to the Alberta Utility Commission Act (“AUC Act”), the Electric Utilities Act (“EU Act”), and the Hydro and Electric Energy Act (“HEE Act”) to enable energy storage, encourage more self-supply with export, expand the responsibilities of the Minister of Energy (“the Minister”) and begin winding down the Balancing Pool by redistributing its responsibilities.[1]



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Evidence Summary for the AESO’s Bulk and Regional Rate Design and Modernized DOS Proposal

In Alberta Utilities Commission (“the Commission”) proceeding 26911, the Alberta Electric System Operator (“AESO”) submit its application to redesign its Bulk and Regional Rate Design and Modernized Demand Opportunity Service (“DOS”). At this stage in the proceeding, intervenors have filed their evidence either in support of or against all or some of the AESO’s proposal.



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The Commission Decides the 2023 General Cost of Capital

In Alberta Utilities Commission (“the Commission”) proceeding 27084, the Commission issues its decision on the 2023 generic cost of capital (“GCOC”) after considering the perspectives of the utilities and customer groups who intervened in the proceeding.



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Feedback and Responses to the Commission’s Efficiency Initiatives

The Alberta Utilities Commission (the Commission) is in the process of conducting its 2022 roundtable discussion with stakeholders in which the Commission seeks feedback on three efficiency initiatives that relate to its rate regulation mandate. The broad topics under discussion are, assertive case management, mediated and negotiated settlements, and the Commission’s performance metrics.[1] Twelve stakeholders provided written feedback in preparation for the live roundtable discussion that was held on March 10, 2022. This article summarizes the general responses of the stakeholders’ feedback.



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The Commission’s Decision Regarding Calgary District Heating’s Request for Exemptions to the Public Utilities Act

In proceeding 26717, the Alberta Utilities Commission (the Commission) issues its decision concerning Calgary District Heating Inc.’s (CDHI’s) request to be exempt from certain provisions of the Public Utilities Act as it pertains to the Downtown District Energy Centre (DDEC) in Calgary.



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The Commission’s Decision on Capital Power’s Complaint against Fortis’s Interconnection Charges

In proceeding 26510, the Alberta Utilities Commission (the Commission) issues its decision regarding Capital Power Corporation’s (Capital Power’s) complaint against FortisAlberta Inc.’s (Fortis’s) additional charges to Capital Power for the interconnected of the Strathmore Solar project (the Strathmore Project).



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Nova Scotia Power’s Proposal and Withdrawal of its Net Metering System Access Charge

In Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB) matter M10431, Nova Scotia Power Inc. (NS Power) proposed a system access charge to recover fixed and capacity related costs that were being bypassed by sites that self-generate energy through solar generators under NS Power’s net metering program. NS Power then withdrew this request from their general tariff application after it was met with public resistance.



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The Commission’s Ruling on ATCO Electric’s Proposed Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Schedule Format

In Alberta Utilities Commission (the Commission) proceeding 27062, ATCO Electric Ltd. (ATCO) requests an advanced ruling on its proposed new full-time equivalent (FTE) schedules. The Commission provides its ruling on the matter.



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