The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) 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 System Settlement 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 (EUB) into two separate regulatory bodies-a new Energy Resources Conservation Board and the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC). 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 follows:
1. Jan 1 to June 30:
a. Form sub-working groups to deal with specific issues, if required.
b. Sub-working groups to provide recommendations/resolutions to those identified issues
c. Settlement Working Group to review recommendations
2. July 1 to 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 to 30: (AUC Internal)
a. Present proposed changes to AUC Commissioners
b. Respond to Commissioners’ questions
c. Seeking final approval from Commissioners
6. By December 15:
a. Posting complete AUC Rule 021, with proposed changes
b. Rule effective the following January
Meeting Summaries from working groups:
Deemed time, site and metering processing standards working group:
February 6, 2013 meeting