On December 29, 2017, the AUC provided to Energy Minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd its final report and appendices on its review of distribution system-connected generation in Alberta.
Distributed generation is usually small-scale technologies including solar, wind and hydro used to produce electricity at, or close to, the end users of power and often by the end users of power.
The government was interested in how distributed generation can help Alberta achieve its goal of 30 per cent of the province's electricity coming from renewable sources by 2030. The government set out its request for the review through Order-in-council 120/2017 and announced it in a news release on March 31, 2017. The order-in-council was amended by Order-in-Council 148/2017.
The AUC was asked not to make conclusions, but to investigate the pros and cons of various dimension of distribution system-connected generation, and to research what issues and challenges may arise in the expansion of such generation.
The AUC engaged with stakeholders and the public through a full proceeding including an oral hearing, gathering input though the AUC's eFiling System, and prepared a report that provided findings, costs and benefits on relevant issues, but did not make recommendations.
The report and appendices were the product of an extensive consultation.