The Alberta Utilities Commission recovers its operating and capital costs through an administration fee assessed on the natural gas and electricity sector participants that it regulates. The cost assessment model first allocates costs to administration fee categories based on the AUC’s services provided to the category then, where applicable, allocates the category costs to individual participants based on the participant's billable site count as of the end of February.
Administration fees are determined in two portions for the AUC's fiscal year, which is from April 1 to March 31. The first determination occurs in April and represents the AUC’s estimated net expenditures for April to December. The second determination represents the remaining three months of the AUC’s fiscal year and occurs in December.