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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Commencing the 2023 & 2024 Generic Cost of Capital Proceeding

In Alberta Utility Commission (AUC) proceeding 27084, the AUC initiates a Generic Cost of Capital (GCOC) proceeding that determines a fair return on equity (ROE) and debt-to-equity ratio for 2023. The AUC also proposes moving to a formula based GCOC for 2024.



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AUC Process Changes to Rate Proceedings from Bulletin 2020-33

In the interests of improving regulatory efficiency and as per the 2019-2022 strategic plan, the AUC established an independent expert committee known as the AUC Procedures and Processes Review Committee (the Committee) to make rate proceedings more efficient. The Committee released a report on August 14, 2020 which details specific recommendations focused on the hearing and pre-hearing processes, as well as the roles and responsibilities of the Commission and intervening parties.



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Bulletin 2020-25 Initiative Regarding Regulatory Efficiency

The AUC is implementing materiality thresholds for cost of service applications with the stated intention of improving efficiency and reducing regulatory burden.



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Ruling on the Town of Devon’s Request for Stay and R&V

On December 17, 2019, the Town of Devon filed an application to the Commission requesting a stay and a review and variance (R&V) of Decision 24435-D01-2019 which found Devon’s current rates to be discriminatory towards Imperial Enterprises Inc.’s (Imperial), and therefore ordered Devon to change the rates charged to Imperial going forward as well as to refund Imperial the difference since January of 2019.



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ATCO Electric’s DTA Phase II Reply Arguments

In July 2019, ATCO Electric Ltd. (AE) submitted its Phase II Distribution Tariff Application (the Application) to the Alberta Utilities Commission (the Commission).  The interveners in the proceeding (ID 24747) are the Alberta Federation of Rural Electrification Associations (AFREA), Altalink Management Ltd. (AML), the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSia), the Consumers Coalition of Alberta (CCA), Conoco Canada (Conoco), the Canada West Ski Areas Association (CWSAA), the Industrial Power Consumers Association of Alberta (IPCAA), and the Utilities Consumer Advocate (UCA). The arguments and reply arguments have now been submitted.



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