Market oversight

Compliance and enforcement

Ensuring regulated utilities comply with AUC decisions, orders, rules and relevant legislation

The Alberta Utilities Commission is responsible for adjudicating allegations of wrongdoing in the province's wholesale electricity market.

The AUC works to ensure public confidence in the proper function of Alberta's electricity market and fair energy pricing for Alberta consumers.

When Albertans receive their electricity bills, they expect that what they pay has been arrived at in a fair and ethical way. The AUC's mission includes ensuring that Alberta families and industries are protected from market manipulation.

The AUC works with the Alberta Market Surveillance Administrator, which brings allegations of market wrong-doing before the AUC, where they are dealt with in an evidence-based, open and quasi-judicial manner.

The AUC enforces Alberta's Fair, Efficient and Open Competition Regulation and the Electric Utilities Act, and has powers to levy significant financial penalties – including a disgorgement of funds that were gained through a contravention, and the costs of the proceeding. Specifically, the AUC may impose:

  • Administrative penalties of up to $1,000,000 per day.
  • An amount to address any economic benefit that resulted from a contravention.
  • Any terms and conditions that the Commission considers appropriate.

The AUC has imposed penalties for breaches of Alberta's electricity market rules and have imposed administrative penalties of almost $52 million dollars in addition to payment for Market Surveillance Administrator costs.


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