On August 7, 2007, the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB or Board) issued Directive 053 which set the rate application process for small investor-owned water utilities. The purpose of Directive 053 was to provide efficient regulation while ensuring that a utility’s prudent costs are recovered through just and reasonable rates charged to customers. With the replacement of the Board by the Commission, EUB Directive 053 was re-issued as AUC Rule 011. The purpose of Rule 011 is to provide an efficient, cost effective process to mitigate the full regulatory process which is often costly for small water utilities. This is exacerbated due of the small customer base over which costs are collected and that water utilities generally do not have the staffing and expertise required for the complex rate hearings.
Directive 053 called for a review of the process after July 31, 2009. As that date has passed and as there now have been sufficient applications to evaluate the Rule 011 process, Commission staff began the process of reviewing Rule 011 to identify opportunities for improvements to the process or possible elimination of Rule 011.
The review process commenced in May of 2010 where a survey (questionnaire) was sent to parties who had participated in the Rule 011 process. From the comments received from stakeholders, the Commission has proposed changes to Rule 011, and is now seeking comments from parties on those proposed changes. As outlined in Bulletin 2010-29, once the comment portion of the review is completed, the Commission will post a comment matrix consisting of all stakeholder responses to Bulletin 2010-29.
Posted on December 17, 2010:
- Bulletin 2010-37
- Rule 011
- Stakeholder Comment Matrix Table with AUC Response
Posted on October 28, 2010:
Rule 011 Stakeholder Consultation:
- Bulletin 2010-29
- Stakeholder Comment Matrix Table
To further the process, please click on the comment matrix link above and provide your input to the proposed Rule 011 changes in the column titled “Stakeholder Comments.” When you have input all your comments, email the Comment Matrix Table to Dwayne Ward email@example.com. You can also email additional comments to Dwayne Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org.