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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Participant’s Arguments Regarding FortisAlberta’s Streetlight Investment Refund

Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) proceeding 27067 is at the stage where participants, the City of Airdrie, the Building Industry and Land Development Association of Alberta (BILD) and FortisAlberta Inc are presenting their arguments regarding who should receive FortisAlberta’s streetlight investment. FortisAlberta’s streetlight investment refunds a portion of streetlight costs in occupied lots.



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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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AUC Ruling on CCA’s Wildfire Mitigation Experts

As part of Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) proceeding 26615, (ATCO Electric Ltd (ATCO) and FortisAlberta Ltd’s (Fortis) 2023 Cost-of-Service application), the Consumers’ Coalition of Alberta (CCA) proposed to engage two experts in examining ATCO and Fortis’s forestry protection program costs. ATCO requested that the AUC reconsider the participation of these experts after a disclosure brought into question the experts’ impartiality.



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2023 Cost of Service Applications in Preparation for PBR’s Third Term in Alberta

In Alberta Utility Commission (AUC) proceedings 26615 and 26616, ATCO Electric Ltd. (ATCO Electric), ATCO Gas North (ATCO Gas), FortisAlberta Inc. (Fortis), and APEX Utilities Inc. (APEX) are in the process of submitting their 2023 Cost of Service (COS) applications to the AUC, which will realign their COS and revenue requirement for the anticipated third term of performance-based regulation (PBR).



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Capital Power’s Strathmore Project Underbuild Cost Argument

In Proceeding 26510, Capital Power Corporation (Capital Power) argues before the Alberta Utilities Commission (the Commission) why FortisAlberta Inc.’s (Fortis) additional charges to Capital Power associated to the interconnection of the Strathmore Solar Project (the Strathmore Project) are unjustified.



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