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The Alberta Utilities Commission is responsible for the development of rules regarding the role of market participants involved in electric load settlement and the development of comprehensive standards for electronic business transactions. Electric load settlement rules allow for the accurate, efficient and timely communication of load settlement information among market participants.

AUC Rule 021: Settlement System Code Rules has been adopted by the AUC to set the comprehensive standards for the market participants.

The provincial government introduced legislation that separated the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board into two separate regulatory bodies-a new Energy Resources Conservation Board, now the Alberta Energy Regulator and the Alberta Utilities Commission. One of the provisions of Bill 46, the Alberta Utilities Commission Act, moved the rule-making responsibility for the Settlement System Code from the AESO to the AUC effective January 1, 2008.

The AUC has been working closely with stakeholders in resolving outstanding settlement issues identified in the past and new issues that were recently raised by stakeholders. The results of resolving issues might lead to AUC Rule 021 changing. The AUC mapped out an annual Rule 021 change cycle, as needed. The schedule will be as follows:

1. January 1 – June 30:
   a. Form sub-working groups to deal with specific issues, if required.
   b. Sub-working groups to provide recommendations and/or resolutions to those identified issues
   c. Settlement working group to review recommendations

2. July 1 – September 30:
   a. AUC to draft proposed changes based on recommendations
   b. Circulate among Settlement Working Group members for review

3. October 1 – 15:
   a. Posting proposed rule changes on AUC’s web for stakeholder comment

4. October 16 – 31:
   a. AUC to respond stakeholders’ comments
   b. Posting AUC responses

5. November 1 – 30: (AUC internal)
   a. Present proposed changes to AUC Commission members 
   b. Respond to Commission member's questions
   c. Seeking final approval from Commission members

6. By December 15:
   a. Posting complete AUC Rule 021, with proposed changes
   b. Rule effective the following January

 

Version 2.6

December 15, 2015

The Commission approved changes to Rule 021: Settlement System Code Rules on December 8, 2015. The following documents are related to the release of the revised AUC Rule 021:

Bulletin 2015-23 
AUC Rule 021 (version 2.6)
AUC responses to stakeholder comments

November 19, 2015

The AUC issued Bulletin 2015-19 to announce the draft version 2.6 of Rule 021: Settlement System Code Rules and invite interested parties to provide written comments. Participants who wish to provide written comments on the proposed revisions to the rule are encouraged to use the comment table. Written comments are to be addressed to Andrea Laroiya (regulatorypolicy@auc.ab.ca) by 12 p.m. (noon) on November 30, 2015.

Bulletin 2015-19
Draft version 2.6 of Rule 021: Settlement System Code Rules black line
AUC proposed changes and comment table

Version 2.5

After Version 2.4 of AUC Rule 021 was issued, parties agreed at the March 6, 2014, Rule 021 and Rule 028 Industry Consultation meeting that the SMC transaction would be used as notification in circumstances where a status change continues past midnight and that the requirement for unsolicited ENCs and DECs was unnecessary. Version 2.5 of the rule, which was amended to reflect this change, was approved by the AUC on August 18, 2014.

AUC Rule 021 (version 2.5)

Version 2.4

March 3, 2014:
The Commission's enforcement group issued Compliance Guide 2014-03-03 to provide guidance in the application of Section 9.6.6.4 of AUC Rule 021: Settlement System Code Rules regarding the reporting of retailers' retail energy rate in the micro-generation retailer summary transaction.

January 15, 2014:
The Commission approved changes to Rule 021: Settlement System Code Rules on January 14, 2014. The following documents are related to the release of the revised Rule 021:

Bulletin 2014-01
AUC Rule 021 (version 2.4)
AUC Response to stakeholder comments

November 21, 2013:
The Commission released Bulletin 2013-24 to announce the draft version 2.4 of Rule 021: Settlement System Code Rules and invite interested parties to provide written comments. Participants who wish to provide written comments on the draft rule are encouraged to use the comment table.

Bulletin 2013-24
Draft version 2.4 of Rule 021: Settlement System Code Rules black line
AUC proposed changes and comment table

Meeting summaries from working groups:

AUC Rule 021 and Rule 028 working group:

September 23, 2015 meeting
     AUC Rule 021 (version 2.6) draft proposed changes for 2016
     AUC Rule 028 (version 1.5) draft proposed changes for 2016
June 17, 2015 meeting
February 18, 2015 meeting
October 1, 2014 meeting
       Distributor deemed time table
May 29, 2014 teleconference meeting
March 6, 2014 meeting
January 29, 2014 meeting
    Rule 021 2014 implementation table and action item responses
October 23, 2013 meeting
July 24, 2013 meeting
May 29, 2013 meeting
March 20, 2013 meeting

 

Deemed time, site and metering processing standards working group: 
October 3, 2013 meeting
April 11, 2013 meeting
February 6, 2013 meeting

VLTrader issues working group:
March 18, 2013 meeting

Consultation on Disconnection and Reconnection Practices - Phase one working group:

October 3, 2016 meeting
June 13, 2016 meeting
September 22, 2015 meeting
September 9, 2014 meeting
September 12, 2013 meeting
March 19, 2013 meeting

Consultation on Disconnection and Reconnection Practices - Phase two working group: 
May 28, 2013 meeting
January 29, 2014 meeting

Version 2.3
Version 2.2
Version 2.1
Version 2.0