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AR 139/2017 RATE CAP (BOARD OR COUNCIL APPROVED REGULATED RATE TARIFFS) REGULATION

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ALBERTA REGULATION 139/2017

An Act to Cap Regulated Electricity Rates

RATE CAP (BOARD OR COUNCIL APPROVED
REGULATED RATE TARIFFS) REGULATION

Table of Contents

                1       Interpretation

                2       Applicable rate per kWh for the purposes
of section 2(2)(b)(i) of the Act

                3       Determination of reference, reimbursement
and billing rates

                4       Determination of payments

                5       Deferral account

                6       Approval of deferral account statement

                7       Payment

                8       Final review and disposition of
deferral account

                9       Transitional

              10       Coming into force and application


Interpretation

1(1)  In this Regulation,

                                 (a)    “Act” means An Act to Cap Regulated Electricity Rates;

                                 (b)    “approved deferral account statement” means a deferral account statement that has been approved by the Market Surveillance Administrator under section 6;

                                 (c)    “billing rate” means the rate determined in accordance with section 3(3);

                                 (d)    “business day” means a day other than a Saturday or a holiday as defined in the Interpretation Act;

                                 (e)    “deferral account” means a deferral account established under section 5;

                                 (f)    “deferral account statement” means a deferral account statement required to be submitted under this Regulation;

                                 (g)    “load settlement” means load settlement as defined in the Electric Utilities Act;

                                 (h)    “reference rate” means the rate determined in accordance with section 3(1);

                                  (i)    “reimbursement rate” means the rate determined in accordance with section 3(2).

(2)  This Regulation applies with respect to owners referred to in section 2(2) of the Act.

Applicable rate per kWh for the purposes
of section 2(2)(b)(i) of the Act

2   An owner’s billing rate per kWh for a rate class for a calendar month is the owner’s applicable rate per kWh for that rate class for that calendar month for the purposes of section 2(2)(b)(i) of the Act.

Determination of reference, reimbursement
and billing rates

3(1)  The reference rate per kWh for a calendar month is the average of the residential rates for owners whose regulated rate tariffs are approved by the Commission under section 103(2) of the Electric Utilities Act for that calendar month as posted by the Commission on its internet page under the Regulated Rate Option Regulation, plus 10%.

(2)  The reimbursement rate per kWh for an owner for a rate class for a calendar month is determined as follows:

                                 (a)    if the reference rate for the calendar month is greater than 6.8 cents per kWh and the monthly rate submitted for approval by the owner under section 12 of the Regulated Rate Option Regulation for that rate class for the calendar month is greater than the reference rate, the reimbursement rate for the owner for that rate class for the calendar month is the reference rate minus 6.8 cents per kWh;

                                 (b)    if the reference rate for the calendar month is greater than 6.8 cents per kWh and the monthly rate submitted for approval by the owner under section 12 of the Regulated Rate Option Regulation for that rate class for the calendar month is greater than 6.8 cents per kWh but is not greater than the reference rate, the reimbursement rate for the owner for that rate class for the calendar month is the monthly rate submitted by the owner minus 6.8 cents per kWh;

                                 (c)    if the reference rate for the calendar month or the monthly rate submitted for approval by the owner under section 12 of the Regulated Rate Option Regulation for that rate class for the calendar month is less than or equal to 6.8 cents per kWh, the reimbursement rate for the owner for that rate class for the calendar month is 0.

(3)  The billing rate per kWh for an owner for a rate class for a calendar month is determined as follows:

                                 (a)    if the reference rate for the calendar month is greater than 6.8 cents per kWh and the monthly rate submitted for approval by the owner under section 12 of the Regulated Rate Option Regulation for that rate class for the calendar month is greater than the reference rate, the owner’s billing rate per kWh for that rate class for the calendar month is the monthly rate submitted for approval by the owner minus the reimbursement rate;

                                 (b)    if the monthly rate submitted for approval by the owner under section 12 of the Regulated Rate Option Regulation for that rate class for the calendar month is greater than 6.8 cents per kWh but is less than the reference rate for the calendar month, the owner’s billing rate per kWh for that rate class for the calendar month is equal to 6.8 cents per kWh;

                                 (c)    if the reference rate for the calendar month or the monthly rate submitted for approval by the owner under section 12 of the Regulated Rate Option Regulation for that rate class for the calendar month is less than or equal to 6.8 cents per kWh, the owner’s billing rate per kWh for that rate class for the calendar month is equal to the monthly rate the owner submitted for approval.

(4)  Subject to subsection (5), an owner shall

                                 (a)    post on an easily accessible internet page

                                           (i)    the owner’s billing rates for the months of June, July and August 2017 within 5 business days after September 1, 2017, and

                                          (ii)    the owner’s billing rate for September 2017 and each subsequent calendar month to and including May 2021 within 5 business days after the commencement of the calendar month,

                                 (b)    ensure that there is a link on the internet page to a historic file of the owner’s previous billing rates, if any, for the most recent 12 months, and

                                 (c)    ensure that the address of the internet page is shown on the bill of each regulated rate customer to whom the billing rate applies, with directions that current and historical billing rates may be found on the internet page.

(5)  An owner may communicate the information described in subsection (4) using a method other than the internet, but must ensure that

                                 (a)    the method used to communicate the information will permit regulated rate customers to whom a billing rate applies to access the information easily,

                                 (b)    the billing rate for each calendar month is available within 5 business days after the commencement of the calendar month,

                                 (c)    the billing rates, if any, for the most recent 12 months are available at least once in a calendar month, and

                                 (d)    information about the method to be used to communicate the current and historical billing rates is shown on the bill of each regulated rate customer to whom the billing rate applies.

(6)  The Commission shall

                                 (a)    calculate the reference rate for a calendar month, and

                                 (b)    post the reference rate for a calendar month on the Commission’s internet page on the first day of the calendar month, except that the Commission shall post the reference rates for the months of June, July and August 2017 on or before September 1, 2017.

(7)  A reference rate posted for a calendar month under subsection (6) is final and not subject to change except that the Commission may correct an error made in calculating the reference rate.

Determination of payments

4(1)  In respect of a month during which an owner determines electric energy charges in accordance with section 2(2)(b)(i) of the Act, the owner may be paid the full difference between

                                 (a)    the amount the owner would charge if the owner determined the electric energy charges for the month in accordance with section 2(2)(a) of the Act, and

                                 (b)    the amount the owner charges when the owner determines the electric energy charge in accordance with section 2(2)(b)(i) of the Act.

(2)  The amount payable to an owner in respect of a month must

                                 (a)    be determined initially using forecast values in accordance with section 5(4)(a),

                                 (b)    be adjusted to an amount determined using actual values in accordance with section 5(4)(b), and

                                 (c)    be finally reviewed and either confirmed or varied by the Market Surveillance Administrator under section 8.

Deferral account

5(1)  An owner shall establish a deferral account for the purpose of the administration of payments under section 4 of the Act.

(2)  Subject to subsection (3) and section 9, within 5 business days after the commencement of each calendar month during the period beginning June 1, 2017 and ending on May 31, 2021, an owner shall provide to the Market Surveillance Administrator

                                 (a)    the actual consumption in kWh of regulated rate customers in each rate class determined through the final load settlement calculations for the most recent 6 months for which that information is available, and

                                 (b)    a completed deferral account statement for the calendar month, in the form prescribed by the Minister, for the Market Surveillance Administrator’s approval.

(3)  An owner is not required to provide the information specified in subsection (2)(a) or a deferral account statement under subsection (2)(b) to the Market Surveillance Administrator for a calendar month that is prior to the first calendar month during the period beginning on June 1, 2017 and ending on May 31, 2021 that the reference rate exceeds 6.8 cents per kWh.

(4)  An owner shall show the following in the owner’s deferral account statement:

                                 (a)    for the calendar month for which the owner is making the owner’s submission under section 12 of the Regulated Rate Option Regulation

                                           (i)    the monthly rate per kWh submitted by the owner for each rate class,

                                          (ii)    the forecast consumption in kWh for regulated rate customers in each rate class,

                                         (iii)    the reference rate,

                                         (iv)    the reimbursement rate for each rate class,

                                          (v)    the billing rate for each rate class,

                                         (vi)    zero in respect of each rate class if the reference rate does not exceed 6.8 cents per kWh, or zero in respect of each rate class for which the monthly rate per kWh being submitted by the owner does not exceed 6.8 cents per kWh,

                                        (vii)    the amount determined by the following formula in respect of each rate class for which the monthly rate per kWh being submitted by the owner exceeds 6.8 cents per kWh:

a = arr x fc

where

                                                       a           is the amount to be shown in respect of that rate class,

                                                      arr         is the reimbursement rate for that rate class, and

                                                      fc           is the forecast consumption in kWh for that month for regulated rate customers in that rate class,

                                             and

                                       (viii)    the total of the amounts shown under subclauses (vi) and (vii), including any applicable goods and services tax imposed under Part IX of the Excise Tax Act (Canada) on those amounts;

                                 (b)    for each calendar month for which the monthly rates per kWh determined in accordance with the owner’s new RRO rate energy price setting plan as posted or made available under section 14 of the Regulated Rate Option Regulation and the actual consumption in kWh determined through the final load settlement calculations of regulated rate customers in each rate class are available but have not previously been included in a deferral account statement,

                                           (i)    the monthly rate per kWh determined in accordance with the owner’s new RRO energy price setting plan for each rate class for that month,

                                          (ii)    the actual consumption in kWh of regulated rate customers in each rate class for that month determined through the final load settlement calculations,

                                         (iii)    the reference rate and, as updated if applicable, the reimbursement rate and billing rate for each rate class,

                                         (iv)    for each rate class, the amount previously shown in the deferral account statement in respect of the month under clause (a)(vi) or (vii),

                                          (v)    for each rate class, the recalculation, determined in accordance with the instructions set out in the deferral account statement form, of the amount shown under subclause (iv), and

                                         (vi)    for each rate class, the amount obtained by subtracting the amount shown under subclause (iv) from the amount shown under subclause (v);

                                 (c)    the balance adjustment for the deferral account, being the total of the amounts shown under clause (b)(vi) for the months included under clause (b), including any applicable goods and services tax imposed under Part IX of the Excise Tax Act (Canada) on those amounts;

                                 (d)    the deferral account balance, if any, payable to the owner or repayable to the Government of Alberta, determined by adding the total amount shown under clause (a)(viii) and the balance adjustment shown under clause (c).

Approval of deferral account statement

6(1)  The Market Surveillance Administrator may determine the process by which it approves a deferral account statement.

(2)  In considering whether to approve a deferral account statement, the Market Surveillance Administrator shall confirm the calculation of amounts in the deferral account statement.

(3)  An owner shall

                                 (a)    provide to the Market Surveillance Administrator any records or other information the Market Surveillance Administrator may require to confirm the information and amounts set out in deferral account statements submitted by the owner, and

                                 (b)    retain records sufficient to enable the Market Surveillance Administrator to audit the deferral account statements submitted by the owner.

(4)  An owner shall submit a corrected deferral account statement for the Market Surveillance Administrator’s approval under this section if

                                 (a)    the Market Surveillance Administrator determines that there is an error in a deferral account statement or that there has been a change in information set out in a deferral account statement and the Market Surveillance Administrator requires the owner to submit a corrected deferral account statement, or

                                 (b)    the owner determines that there is a material error in a deferral account statement or that there has been a material change in information set out in a deferral account statement.

(5)  The Market Surveillance Administrator must determine whether to approve a deferral account statement within 10 business days after the first day of the calendar month in respect of which the deferral account statement was submitted.

(6)  An owner shall submit a deferral account statement to the Minister within 5 business days after the deferral account statement is approved by the Market Surveillance Administrator.

(7)  On request of the Minister, the Market Surveillance Administrator shall review an approved deferral account statement in detail to confirm the accuracy of any of the information or amounts set out in the deferral account statement.

Payment

7(1)  The amount of a deferral account balance that is payable to an owner as shown in an approved deferral account statement shall be paid within 30 days after the Minister receives the approved deferral account statement.

(2)  An owner shall pay a deferral account balance that is repayable to the Government of Alberta as shown in an approved deferral account statement within 30 days after the deferral account statement is approved by the Market Surveillance Administrator.

Final review and disposition of deferral account

8(1)  An owner shall apply to the Market Surveillance Administrator for a final review and disposition of the owner’s deferral account within 6 months after May 31, 2021.

(2)  In conducting a final review and disposition of an owner’s deferral account the Market Surveillance Administrator shall review the deferral account statements submitted by the owner in respect of the period beginning on June 1, 2017, and ending on May 31, 2021, to confirm the information and amounts set out in the deferral account statements and determine whether

                                 (a)    an amount remains owing to the owner under section 4(1) of this Regulation, or

                                 (b)    the owner has been overpaid an amount under section 4(1) of this Regulation.

(3)  An owner shall provide to the Market Surveillance Administrator any records or other information the Market Surveillance Administrator may require to confirm the information and amounts set out in deferral account statements submitted by the owner.

(4)  If, on a final review, the Market Surveillance Administrator determines that an amount is owing to an owner under section 4(1), the amount shall be paid to the owner within 30 days after the date of the Market Surveillance Administrator’s determination.

(5)  If, on a final review, Market Surveillance Administrator determines that an owner has been overpaid under section 4(1), the owner shall repay the amount to the Minister within 30 days after the date of the Market Surveillance Administrator’s determination.

Transitional

9  Subject to section 5(3), an owner shall provide the information specified in section 5(2)(a) and the owner’s deferral account statements under section 5(2)(b) for June, July and August 2017 to the Market Surveillance Administrator within 5 business days after September 1, 2017.

Coming into force and application

10   This Regulation comes into force on the coming into force of section 2(2) of An Act to Cap Regulated Electricity Rates and is effective on and from June 1, 2017.