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Posted in: Energy Policy | Ratemaking | Alberta

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Alberta Utilities Commission Comments on Deemed and Actual Equity Ratios By Fred D. Cass Aug 03, 2017 On November 30, 2016, ENMAX Power Corporation applied to the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) for approval of a deemed equity ratio of 37 per cent for its distribution and transmission functions for 2016 and 2017. In its earlier generic cost of capital decision (Decision 20622-D01-2016), the AU...

Posted in: Alberta | Facilities

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Alberta Energy Regulator Issues Report Highlighting Pipeline Safety Records By David Stevens Feb 27, 2017 On February 21, 2017, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) issued a report providing "detailed information on how pipeline operators are performing compared with their peers across Alberta." According to the AER's News Release, the Pipeline Performance Report is the first in a series of reports the...

Posted in: Energy Policy | Alberta | Consumer Protection

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Alberta Announces Changes to Balancing Pool Dec 08, 2016 On November 29, 2016, the Government of Alberta announced that it had tabled Bill 34: Electric Utilities Amendment Act, 2016 (Bill 34) in the Alberta Legislature. When passed, Bill 34 will add an additional section to the Electric Utilities Act, S.A. 2003, c. E-5.1 (the EUA). The purpose of Bill ...

Posted in: Ontario | Alberta | Consumer Protection

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Door-to-Door Sales of HVAC Equipment to be Outlawed in Alberta and Ontario By David Stevens Nov 30, 2016 As we discussed recently, the Ontario Government has introduced the Putting Consumers First Act (Consumer Protection Statute Law Amendment Act), 2016 (Bill 59). Among other things, that legislation would support Regulations that would ban unsolicited, door-to-door sales of certain household appli...

Posted in: Energy Policy | Alberta | Climate Change / Renewables | Procurement

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Alberta Releases Details of Renewable Electricity Program Nov 15, 2016 On November 3, 2016, the Government of Alberta released the first details of its Renewable Electricity Program (the REP). Under the REP, Alberta intends to procure 5,000 MW of renewable electricity generation capacity through a competitive process administered by the Alberta Electric System Opera...

Posted in: Energy Policy | Alberta | Facilities

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Alberta Energy to Assess Cyberthreats to Oil and Gas Industrial Control Systems By David Stevens Feb 22, 2016 A February 2016 Report from the Auditor General of Alberta raises concerns about the fact that neither the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) nor the Alberta Department of Energy (Energy Alberta) have assessed the threats, risks and impacts to industrial control systems (ICS) used by participants in ...

Posted in: Practice & Procedure | Alberta | Canada (Federal)

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A Guide to Retaining Skilled Talent for Engineers, Geoscientists and Their Employers By Cynthia R. C. Sefton Jan 29, 2016 The energy industry in Canada depends on its skilled and experienced engineers and geoscientists for the management of its operations and for business continuity. This is no less true in these economic times when companies are under increasing regulator and public scrutiny to continue to maintain...

Posted in: Practice & Procedure | Alberta | Consumer Protection

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AUC Approves $56 Million Payment From TransAlta For Price Manipulation By David Stevens Nov 13, 2015 The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) has now approved the payment of $56 million by TransAlta Corporation (TransAlta) as an appropriate sanction for the finding that TransAlta had engaged in conduct that did not support the fair, efficient and openly competitive operation of Alberta's electrici...

Posted in: Alberta | Ratemaking

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Supreme Court of Canada Says That Rate Impacts Do Not Justify Disallowance of Reasonable Costs By David Stevens Nov 11, 2015 On September 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada issued two decisions related to utility ratemaking. Much has been written about the OEB v. OPG decision, in relation to the Court's review of the "prudent investment test" (as we discussed here), and the administrative law implications of the dec...

Posted in: Practice & Procedure | Alberta | Consumer Protection

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TransAlta Agrees to Pay $56 Million to AUC - Is a Class Action Lawsuit Coming? By David Stevens Oct 01, 2015 A settlement has been reached between TransAlta Corporation (TransAlta) and the Market Surveillance Administrator (MSA) of the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC), under which TransAlta will pay $56 million in penalties to the AUC. The settlement is described in a press release from TransAlta and ...

Posted in: Practice & Procedure | Alberta | Consumer Protection

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AUC Finds That Transalta Engaged in Conduct to Drive Up Electricity Prices By David Stevens Aug 18, 2015 On July 27, 2015, the Alberta Utilities Commission (the Commission) released its decision on the Market Surveillance Administrator (MSA) allegations against TransAlta group of companies (TransAlta), Mr. Nathan Kaiser and Mr. Scott Connelly. In the decision, the Commission had to consider whether ...

Posted in: Energy Policy | Ontario | Alberta | Ratemaking

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Alberta Utilities Commission Reduces Utility Cost of Capital By David Stevens Apr 07, 2015 In a March 2015 decision, the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) set the generic cost of capital for 2013 to 2015 for the utilities that it regulates. In the decision, the AUC reduced cost of capital parameters applicable to the utilities that it regulates. This decision will most likely be cited...
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