Rate riders

Rate riders

Rate riders are temporary costs or credits on utility bills

Rate riders are a special credit or charge on a customer's bill in addition to the tariff distribution rates approved by the Alberta Utilities Commission. The rate rider is a mechanism used to flow through costs that are incurred by a distribution utility or refunds provided to the distribution utility, that were not included in its tariff distribution rates at the time those rates were approved by the AUC. All rate riders must be approved by the AUC before they are applied to customer bills.

When a rate rider is determined to be needed by a utility, it applies to the AUC. Upon approval, the rate rider is applied on utility customer bills for a determined amount of time. Below are the current riders in effect for each regulated utility.

Retailer riders

 

  Please see distribution riders
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Distribution riders

 

Franchise fees are paid to municipalities in consideration of the exclusive grant of a franchise and for the ability to put gas distribution facilities on land owned by the municipalities.

Municipal tax (Rider B)

Property taxes are levied by municipalities against AltaGas’ land and buildings, linear property, machinery and equipment.

Unaccounted-for gas (Rider E)

Rider E is used in calculating AltaGas' monthly natural gas commodity rate, Rider G and in determining the amount of gas to be delivered to AltaGas by retailers. Rider E is designed to allow AltaGas to recover from producer transportation customers its share of annual line losses.

Third-party transportation (Rider G)

Rider G is the cost per gigajoule for third-party transportation costs incurred by AltaGas for transporting gas to customers on a third-party’s pipeline (e.g., TransCanada Pipelines, ATCO Pipelines, municipal systems).

Unaccounted-for gas settlement (Rider H)

Rider H is used to facilitate gas settlement and balancing calculations and ensure the associated terms and conditions of service are consistent with Rule 028. This rider is necessary to calculate the retailers’ and the default gas supply providers’ share of UFG required under Rule 028.

Includes revenues from forecast franchise fees and property taxes applicable throughout the territory served by ATCO Electric to provide electric service within identified municipalities.
 
Balancing Pool adjustment rider (Rider B)
A flow through of an amount from the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO). A separate rider used for transparency on customer bills to show the Balancing Pool refund or collection received from the AESO through its Rider F.
 
Special facilities charge (Rider E)
Applies to customers that have entered into an agreement with ATCO Electric to pay a customer-specific rate/revenue requirement for their applicable customer-specific distribution facilities.
 
Temporary adjustment rider (Rider G)
Used to dispense AUC approved deferral accounts.
 
Interim adjustment rider (Rider J) - currently not in effect
Used for the purposes of applying any future charges or refunds approved by the AUC.
 
A flow through of transmission costs that the AESO charges to ATCO Electric for access to Alberta's interconnected power grid, which are reconciled quarterly.
Franchise fees are paid to municipalities in consideration of the exclusive grant of a franchise and for the ability to put gas distribution facilities on land owned by the municipalities.
Municipal tax (Rider B)

Property taxes are levied by municipalities against ATCO Gas’ land and buildings, linear property, machinery and equipment.

Unaccounted-for gas (Rider D)
Designed to allow ATCO Gas to recover gas losses on the distribution system.
 
Load balancing (Rider L) - currently not in effect
Refund or recovery of the value in the load balancing account. Load balancing is part of the physical operation of a gas pipeline system, whereby gas supplies are adjusted to maintain optimum operating pressure in the system.
 
A flow-through of NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. transmission charges.
 
Weather deferral account (Rider W) - currently not in effect
A refund or recovery of the value in the weather deferral account, which reconciles the actual natural gas delivery revenue with lower or higher than normal natural gas delivery revenue, due to warmer or colder than expected temperatures.
Municipal franchise fee (Rider A)

Franchise fees are paid to municipalities in consideration of the exclusive grant of a franchise and for the ability to put gas distribution facilities on land owned by the municipalities.

Municipal tax (Rider B)

Property taxes are levied by municipalities against ATCO Gas’ land and buildings, linear property, machinery and equipment.

Unaccounted-for gas (Rider D)

Designed to allow ATCO Gas to recover gas losses on the distribution system.

Load balancing (Rider L) - currently not in effect
Refund or recovery of the value in the load balancing account. Load balancing is part of the physical operation of a gas pipeline system, whereby gas supplies are adjusted to maintain optimum operating pressure in the system.
 
A flow-through of NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. transmission charges.
 
Weather deferral account (Rider W) - currently not in effect
A refund or recovery of the value in the weather deferral account, which reconciles the actual natural gas delivery revenue with lower or higher than normal natural gas delivery revenue, due to warmer or colder than expected temperatures.
A flow-through of franchise fees which vary by municipality. Franchise fees are paid to municipalities in consideration of the exclusive grant of a franchise and for the ability to put electric distribution facilities on land owned by the municipalities.
A charge or refund to reconcile the AESO charges paid by ENMAX with those charges collected from customers, which are reconciled yearly.
A charge or refund to reconcile the AESO charges paid by ENMAX with those charges collected from customers, which are reconciled quarterly.

Balancing Pool allocation rider
A flow through of an amount from the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO). A separate rider used for transparency on customer bills to show the Balancing Pool refund or collection received from the AESO through its Rider F.
 
A surcharge imposed by the City of Edmonton.
 
 
 
A flow through of transmission costs that the AESO charges to EPCOR for access to Alberta's interconnected power grid, which are reconciled quarterly.
A flow through of an amount from the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO). A separate rider used for transparency on customer bills to show the Balancing Pool refund or collection received from the AESO through its Rider F.
A flow-through item applicable in each municipality or taxation authority. Farms, irrigation, yard lights and transmission connected customers are exempt.
 
A flow-through of franchise fees which vary by municipality. In some municipalities there is no fee, and the rider is set at zero per cent. Franchise fees are paid to municipalities in consideration of the exclusive grant of a franchise and for the ability to put electric distribution facilities on land owned by the municipalities.
 
Distribution adjustment rider - currently not in effect
A charge or refund to reconcile distribution costs incurred by Fortis with those charges collected from customers.
 
Customer specific facilities rider (Rider E)
Applies to customers that have entered into an agreement with Fortis to pay a customer-specific rate/revenue requirement for their applicable customer-specific distribution facilities.
A charge or refund to reconcile the AESO charges paid by Fortis with those charges collected from customers.
A flow through of transmission costs that the AESO charges to Fortis for access to Alberta's interconnected power grid, which are reconciled quarterly.
A flow through of an amount from the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO). A separate rider used for transparency on customer bills to show the Balancing Pool refund or collection received from the AESO through its Rider F.

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