The Alberta Utilities Commission’s ensures regulated utilities comply with its decisions, orders and rules, and with the relevant Alberta legislation and regulations the AUC oversees. In its compliance functions and responsibilities, the AUC has an investigation and enforcement role.
The enforcement and investigation efforts can be divided into these four main focus areas:
As Alberta's utilities regulator, the AUC has important responsibilities and powers around ensuring the province's utilities legislation is respected, and that the AUC's rulings in decisions and orders are followed. The AUC is focused on ensuring Albertans receive safe and reliable utility service at just and reasonable rates. Our enforcement and compliance work is a critical facet of this role.
In its compliance and enforcement programs, the AUC has core objectives. They are to promote compliance with Alberta utility laws, to prevent harm to any person, public or private property, to preserve the integrity of the AUC's regulatory process, and to ensure that the public and regulated entities understand that there are serious consequences for contraventions.
The AUC's compliance and enforcement approach is guided by the following principles:
More background on the Alberta Utilities Commission’s approach to enforcement may be found in: