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Electric Utilities Act

This Act provides the underlying framework for the regulation of Alberta’s electric industry. The Act establishes the Independent System Operator (AESO) (responsible for the safe, reliable and economic planning and operation of the Alberta Interconnected Electric System and access to the interconnected power grid) and the Balancing Pool (responsible for managing certain generation assets, managing payments, and forecasting revenues and expenses), and sets out the AESO's powers and duties.
 
    Chapter/Regulation: E-5.1 2003
    Status: Office Consolidation
    Ministry Responsible: Energy
    Current to 3/31/2017
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Following are the associated Regulations for the Electric Utilities Act ...

Balancing Pool Regulation

This regulation is made under the Electric Utilities Act and sets out the duties and powers of the Balancing Pool and establishes the nature of the amounts to be paid into and out of balancing pool accounts.
 
    Chapter/Regulation: 158/2003
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Billing Regulation, 2003

This regulation is made under the Electric Utilities Act. It establishes the contents required to be included in a customer’s bill as separate items, and also provides the authority for an owner of an electric distribution system to bill services on behalf of a retailer, and charge a customer for certain direct charges.
 
    Chapter/Regulation: 159/2003
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City of Medicine Hat Payment in Lieu of Tax Regulation

This regulation is made under the Electric Utilities Act and specifies the payment to the Balancing Pool by the City of Medicine Hat of an amount in lieu of taxes under the Income Tax Act (Canada) and the Alberta Corporate Tax Act, as well as the rules about the payment and details regarding refunds from the Balancing Pool to the City of Medicine Hat.
 
    Chapter/Regulation: 235/2003
    Status: Office Consolidation
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Code of Conduct Regulation

This regulation is made under the Electric Utilities Act and the Gas Utilities Act and provides for the required conduct and business practices for distributors, regulated rate suppliers and retailers, and the rules regarding the relationships among distributors, regulated rate suppliers and affiliated providers including rules preventing unfair competitive advantage. It also establishes compliance requirements.
 
    Chapter/Regulation: 58/2015
    Status: Current
    Related Act Gas Utilities Act
Related Act Electric Utilities Act
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Common Facilities Costs Regulation

This regulation is made under the Electric Utilities Act and for the purposes of power purchase arrangements, establishes the contribution of costs of common facilities of a generating unit at a power plant in the case where an owner of one or more generating units at a power plant constructs a new generating unit at the power plant. The regulation provides that payments be made by the owners to the Balancing Pool.
 
    Chapter/Regulation: 161/2003
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Distribution Tariff Regulation

This regulation is made under the Electric Utilities Act and establishes the requirements of a distribution tariff prepared under section 102(1) of the Electric Utilities Act.
 
    Chapter/Regulation: 162/2003
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Fair, Efficient and Open Competition Regulation

This regulation is made under the Electric Utilities Act and the Alberta Utilities Commission Act and sets out what activities constitute conduct by a market participant that does not support the fair, efficient and openly competitive operation of the market. This regulation also addresses the preferential sharing of certain records that are not available to the public, restricts the use of outage records to trade, and establishes the formula for calculating the percentage of offer control held by a market participant.
 
    Chapter/Regulation: 159/2009
    Status: Current
    Related Act Electric Utilities Act
Related Act Alberta Utilities Commission Act
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Flare Gas Generation Regulation

This regulation is made under the Electric Utilities Act and provides an exemption for flare gas generation from sections 17(d) and 18(2) of the Electric Utilities Act. It also provides the Independent System Operator the authority to request information relating to the production of electric energy by a flare gas generating unit.
 
    Chapter/Regulation: 163/2003
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Independent Power and Small Power Regulation

This regulation is made under the Electric Utilities Act and provides clarification of section 3(3) of the Electric Utilities Act in respect of a small power production contract or an existing independent power contract, establishes the deemed offer of zero cents for electric energy offered to the power pool, and establishes the payments required to be made to and by the Balancing Pool in respect of small power producers.
 
    Chapter/Regulation: 111/2003
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Isolated Generating Units and Customer Choice Regulation

This regulation is made under the Electric Utilities Act and addresses the provision of electric energy to areas not connected to the interconnected electric system, and sets out rules relating to the sale of isolated generating units.
 
    Chapter/Regulation: 165/2003
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Liability Protection Regulation

This regulation is made under the Electric Utilities Act and provides for liability protection for additional market surveillance persons (as defined in the Alberta Utilities Commission Act) and additional balancing pool persons (as defined in the Electric Utilities Act). It also addresses liability for black start service providers, and defines “agent or contractor” of the Alberta Electric System Operator for the purposes of providing them with liability protection.
 
    Chapter/Regulation: 66/2004
    Status: Office Consolidation
    Related Act Electric Utilities Act
Related Act Alberta Utilities Commission Act
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Micro-generation Regulation

This regulation is made under the Electric Utilities Act and allows for a customer with a micro-generation generating unit to be approved as a micro-generator, and connect to and supply energy to the interconnected electric system.
 
    Chapter/Regulation: 27/2008
    Status: Office Consolidation
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Municipal Own-use Generation Regulation

This regulation is made under the Electric Utilities Act and establishes the circumstances, in addition to those permitted under section 95 of that Act, in which a municipality or a subsidiary of a municipality may hold an interest in a generating unit. It also establishes the requirement for a compliance plan prior to exchanging energy with the interconnected electric system.
 
    Chapter/Regulation: 80/2009
    Status: Current
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Payment in Lieu of Tax Regulation

The Payment in Lieu of Tax Regulation provides the calculation for the amount to be paid to the balancing pool by municipal entities that have entered into power purchase agreements with the Crown pursuant to the Electric Utilities Act. The Regulation also establishes the administrative process for the reporting and remittance of the balancing pool payment, and includes compliance and enforcement provisions.
 
    Chapter/Regulation: 112/2003
    Status: Office Consolidation
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Power Purchase Arrangements Determination Regulation - 3 binder set

Under a PPA, a buyer purchases electricity from a power plant and sells it to Albertan consumers. PPAs, which took effect in 2001, were established to move Alberta’s electricity system from a regulated to a competitive deregulated market. PPA Buyers would bear the risk of buying and selling electricity in Alberta in return for the opportunity to collect greater profits.
 
    Chapter/Regulation: 175/2000
    Status: Current
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Power Purchase Arrangements Determination Update

Under a PPA, a buyer purchases electricity from a power plant and sells it to Albertan consumers. PPAs, which took effect in 2001, were established to move Alberta’s electricity system from a regulated to a competitive deregulated market. PPA Buyers would bear the risk of buying and selling electricity in Alberta in return for the opportunity to collect greater profits.
 
    Chapter/Regulation: 215/2001
    Status: Current
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Power Purchase Arrangements Regulation

This regulation is made under the Electric Utilities Act and sets out the effect of sections 96(2) and (3) of the Electric Utilities Act in respect of power purchase arrangements held by the Balancing Pool and sets out entities that are not eligible to hold a power purchase arrangement (“PPA”) or derivatives. It also includes rules regarding decommissioning costs, the duty of a generating unit owner to provide reasonable access to the Balancing Pool to the generating unit and requiring an owner to sell the PPA along with the unit in the event the owner sells the generating unit.
 
    Chapter/Regulation: 167/2003
    Status: Office Consolidation
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Rate Cap (Commission Approved Regulated Rate Tariffs) Regulation

This Regulation applies to regulated rate providers whose rates are set by the Alberta Utilities Commission. It establishes a deferral account mechanism to provide payments to those providers of the difference between amounts that would have been charged to their customers using the regulated rate, and the amounts charged using the maximum rate specified in the Act. The Regulation sets out payment details, as well as the responsibilities of the Alberta Utilities Commission in approving deferral account forms and conducting a final review and disposition of the deferral account at the end of the four year period.
 
    Chapter/Regulation: 138/2017
    Status: Current
    Related Act Electric Utilities Act
Related Act An Act to Cap Regulated Electricity Rates
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Regulated Rate Option Regulation

This regulation is made under the Electric Utilities Act and establishes the requirement for each owner of an electric distribution system to provide customers with the option of being supplied electricity services under a regulated rate tariff. It also sets out the requirements for a regulated rate tariff, and the matters to be considered by a regulatory authority when approving a regulated rate tariff.
 
    Chapter/Regulation: 262/2005
    Status: Office Consolidation
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Roles, Relationships and Responsibilities Regulation

This regulation is made under the Electric Utilities Act and sets out the roles, relationships and responsibilities of owners of electric distribution systems, default suppliers and customers, as well as the obligations of owners of electric distribution systems that have entered into an integrated operation agreement.
 
    Chapter/Regulation: 169/2003
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Transmission Deficiency Regulation

This regulation is made under the Electric Utilities Act and authorizes the Alberta Utilities Commission and the Independent System Operator to make rules exempting certain proposals from the requirement of a needs identification document. The regulation also provides a process for the construction and temporary operation by a market participant of a transmission facility to serve that market participant, and for approval of a cost estimate for transmission projects by the Commission.
 
    Chapter/Regulation: 176/2014
    Status: Current
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Transmission Regulation

This regulation is made under the Electric Utilities Act and sets out the details of the Independent System Operator’s duties and obligations regarding transmission, including consultation requirements, requirements for transmission system planning and forecasting and reliability standards. The regulation also specifies requirements respecting the construction of transmission facility projects, and requirements regarding the determination of transmission system losses, charges and credits. It also sets out responsibilities of the Alberta Utilities Commission regarding approval of transmission facilities and transmission tariffs.
 
    Chapter/Regulation: 86/2007
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