The Alberta government has
released the long-awaited
Retail Market Review Committee report. In conjunction
with the release of the report, the government has announced
a number of measures aimed at stabilizing and controlling prices in
the retail sector, primarily as it relates to the Regulated Rate
The 397 page report was delivered to the government last
The government rejected six recommendations of the committee
related to ending the RRO and requiring all retail consumers to
sign fixed rate contracts. The government noted that 65%
of Alberta retail consumers have, to this point, chosen to
stay on the RRO. In order to further stabilize prices, the
government will allow RRO providers to purchase electricity up to
120 days in advance, instead of the current 45 days.
The other changes include:
The Utility Consumer Advocate will be reconfigured as an
independent agency, instead of being an arm of Service
Alberta. It will also have its own expert governance
The Alberta Utilities Commission has been asked to determine the
best process for amortizing transmission lines (presumably hoping
that the amortization period will be lengthened, reducing annual
Transmission facility owners will be required to provide cost
information on transmission projects earlier in the permitting and
construction process. As well, if costs are challenged by
consumers, the transmission facility owners will bear the burden of
justifying those costs (instead of presuming the costs are
reasonable and requiring the consumer to show that they are not
The AUC has been asked to lift the current freeze on new
distribution charges (but to phase in the implementation of
deferred costs to reduce price shock)
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