Distributed generation review


Alberta Utilities Commission holds consultations with stakeholders to develop rules

Proceeding 22534

The Commission provided its final report on distribution-connected generation, including community generation, to the Minister of Energy on December 29, 2017.

The AUC appreciates the input of all participants and thanks those who were involved in this review for their effort and interest in conducting this broad review into matters around distributed generation in Alberta.

Proceeding 22534 is now closed, however you can review the submissions and correspondence from the proceeding in the eFiling System by logging in and entering 22534 in the go to field. If you require assistance with setting up or navigating the eFiling System please contact us at info@auc.ab.ca or 403-592-4500 or review how to use the eFiling System.


On March 31, 2017, the Alberta Utilities Commission was tasked by the provincial government with conducting a broad review into matters around distributed generation in Alberta. The review is intended to provide information to the government as it develops policies to support its goals around clean affordable electricity for Albertans.

Distributed generation is usually small-scale technologies including solar, wind and hydro used to produce electricity at, or close to, the end users of power and often by the end users of power.

The government is interested in how distributed generation can help Alberta achieve its goal of 30 per cent of the province's electricity coming from renewable sources by 2030. The government set out its request for the review through Order-in-council 120/2017 and announced it in a news release on March 31, 2017. The order-in-council was amended by Order in Council 148/2017.

Some key pieces of the review were:

  • The AUC pursued and received broad input from individuals, stakeholders and communities and conducted consultations to ensure a full understanding of the complex issues and benefits around distributed generation.
  • Extensive research into distribution systems, billing systems, rates, tariffs, enablers, barriers, costs, current and potential regulatory approaches, opportunities to improve process, and other matters to inform development of distributed generation policies by the government.
  • The AUC provided a written report to the Minister of Energy that provided analysis of the pros and cons around different elements of distributed generation. The AUC did not provide recommendations.
  • Updates on the progress of the review were provided directly to participants and here on this dedicated webpage, as they unfolded.
  • Participants had access to filed evidence as it was filed. All of the material was and is publicly viewable online.

The AUC engaged with stakeholders and the public, gathering input though the AUC's eFiling System, and prepared a report that provided findings, costs and benefits on relevant issues, but did not make recommendations.

The terms of reference for this review were set out in Order-in-council 120/2017.

The AUC released a notice of review on March 31, 2017, which provides information on how interested parties could participate and provide input about the issues and topics within the scope of this review.  

Questions regarding the Distributed Generation Review can be directed to:

Fino Tiberi
Telephone: 403-592-4410
Email: fino.tiberi@auc.ab.ca

Media inquiries should be directed to:
Jim Law
Telephone: 403-592-45​17
Email: geoff.scotton@auc.ab.ca​

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