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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 a formal application. These power plants would produce between one and less than 10 megawatts (MW). The AUC is also receiving an increasing number of applications for these proposed own-use power plants to be connected to the Alberta Interconnected Electric System.
To increase efficiency and help reduce regulatory burden, the AUC issued Bulletin 2022-04 introducing a new checklist application form for all own-use power plants in this capability range to provide uniform regulatory requirements, regardless of the intended use of the power plant, while significantly reducing regulatory timelines. The new checklist application form will also help provide the AUC with information about the types and quantity of generation being developed in the province.
These changes only apply to new power plants and applicants can start to use the new checklist application form for new power plants equal to or greater than one MW or less than 10 MW as of April 25, 2022. The information required in the new checklist application includes:
In addition, owners proposing new, grid-connected power plants between one and less than 10 MW who were previously required to submit a full application under AUC Rule 007 can submit a checklist application on a go-forward basis.
Applicants are not required to file supporting documents but are expected to retain all records sufficient to demonstrate compliance with applicable legislation and AUC rules. The AUC will continue to ensure compliance with its requirements through an audit review process.
The AUC will review each checklist application received to assess whether it meets the eligibility criteria. The AUC will review and issue an approval for a complete checklist application within five business days.
Applicants applying for power plants 10 MW or greater are required to submit a full application that meets the requirements set out in Rule 007, corresponding to the power plant type (e.g., thermal, wind, solar). Rule 007 has also been amended to reflect these changes and comes into effect April 25, 2022.
More information can be found in Bulletin 2022-04 on the AUC’s Rule 007 Related information page.