Establishing parameters for the third generation of performance-based regulation

The AUC regulates four companies who own and operate the province’s electric distribution system (ATCO Electric Ltd., Fortis Alberta Inc., ENMAX Power Corporation, and EPCOR Distribution & Transmission Inc.) and… Continue reading Establishing parameters for the third generation of performance-based regulation

AUC holds virtual power plant application workshop to guide stakeholders through updates and streamlining recommendations

Southern Alberta Renewable Energy Wind Farm near Magrath.

The AUC recently held a virtual workshop together with Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) and the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) on the afternoon of July 21, 2022, to guide… Continue reading AUC holds virtual power plant application workshop to guide stakeholders through updates and streamlining recommendations

Regulatory streamlining of new power plants between one and less than 10 MW; exemption for own-use power plants eliminated

The AUC has recently received a high number of inquiries from Albertans looking to develop power plants (e.g., thermal, wind, solar) to produce their own energy without having to submit… Continue reading Regulatory streamlining of new power plants between one and less than 10 MW; exemption for own-use power plants eliminated

Why was there an increase to my utility bill this month?

The Alberta Utilities Commission takes its role of regulating transmission, distribution and regulated retail rates very seriously and ensures that it has the expertise to scrutinize and consider rate applications… Continue reading Why was there an increase to my utility bill this month?

AUC releases semi-annual enforcement report for January to June 2021

The AUC recently released it’s enforcement report for January to June 2021. The report summarizes the results of the AUC’s compliance and enforcement activities from the first half of 2021 under a number of categories. These reports provide a transparent look at the AUC ‘s investigations into complaints, penalty matters, related outcomes, and ensures a comprehensive, flexible dispute resolution and compliance process which contributes to a broader goal of increasing efficiency and limiting regulatory burden.

AUC exceeds government of Alberta target with 48 per cent reduction in regulatory red tape requirements

Increasing our efficiency as a regulator and reducing the regulatory burden are both critically important and have been key commitments of the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC). ​​

We are pleased to share we have achieved a 48 per cent reduction in regulatory requirements set out in our rules, exceeding the government of Alberta and Department of Energy’s red tape reduction target to reduce mandatory requirements by one-third.

Bitcoin mining in Alberta and the AUC’s application process

n Alberta, residents, industry and governments are getting a crash course in a relatively new business that’s recently landed at our doorstep: Bitcoin mining. Although the business may be new the regulatory requirements have existed for many years to ensure that the power plants that provide electricity to these facilities operate in a safe manner.

Bitcoin is a digital currency and the world’s first completely open payment network, which anyone with an internet connection can participate in. It was designed to be used on the internet, doesn’t depend on banks or private companies to process transactions, allows for secure peer-to-peer transactions on the internet, and is not owned by an individual or company.

AUC holds Rule 007 virtual workshop to guide stakeholders through recent changes

The AUC recently held a virtual workshop on the afternoon of April 22, 2021, to guide stakeholders through the changes to Rule 007: Applications for Power Plants, Substations, Transmission Lines, Industrial… Continue reading AUC holds Rule 007 virtual workshop to guide stakeholders through recent changes

New AUC strategic plan guides refined focus on efficiency, facilitating change, and people

Today, the AUC has released its updated strategic plan​ for the next three years. It is an important framework for the AUC as we aspire to be the North American benchmark… Continue reading New AUC strategic plan guides refined focus on efficiency, facilitating change, and people

Shortened timelines and increased accountability for issuing cost claim and review and variance decisions

After a successful pilot project the AUC is announcing new performance targets four our cost claim and review and variance application review process. Through the pilot project we were able… Continue reading Shortened timelines and increased accountability for issuing cost claim and review and variance decisions

Looking to the future: AUC releases final report of Distribution System Inquiry into modernization of grid to realize benefits of distributed energy resources

The AUC has released the final report of its Distribution S​ystem Inquiry (Proceeding 24116) which examined the need to modernize Alberta’s distribution system to realize benefits from advancing technologies. A… Continue reading Looking to the future: AUC releases final report of Distribution System Inquiry into modernization of grid to realize benefits of distributed energy resources

AUC introduces pilot programs to provide notice and information to residents

The AUC is continuously looking for effective and efficient ways to improve our processes and provide opportunities to have a say about utility development in Alberta. The AUC recently introduced… Continue reading AUC introduces pilot programs to provide notice and information to residents

Questions about your utility bill?

We want to help you find the answers to your questions. The utility industry can be complex. The production and delivery of natural gas and electricity to homes and businesses… Continue reading Questions about your utility bill?

​​​Inaugural AUC Annual Report Card identifies work done in 2019-2020 fiscal year and a commitment to further process improvements​​​

The AUC has issued its first annual report card​​, a detailed report setting out our accomplishments in 2019-2020, making it easier for stakeholders to assess in a simple, straightforward way whether… Continue reading ​​​Inaugural AUC Annual Report Card identifies work done in 2019-2020 fiscal year and a commitment to further process improvements​​​

AUC creates independent expert committee to help streamline rates decisions. Committee invites stakeholder submissions for report to Commission

The Alberta Utilities Commission has established an independent AUC Procedures and Processes Review Committee to focus on improving the timeliness of its large and complex rates proceedings, announced in Bulletin 2020-17 on… Continue reading AUC creates independent expert committee to help streamline rates decisions. Committee invites stakeholder submissions for report to Commission