The AUC has released further information regarding their ongoing inquiry, including participation opportunities
The AUC has announced engagement opportunities for their inquiry into electricity generation projects
, including wind and solar developments. The inquiry will be separated into two modules. Module A will explore land impact issues, the role of municipal government, impacts to agricultural and environmental land, viewscapes, reclamation securities, and the development of power plans on Crown land. Module B will consider the impact that the growth of renewables has to generation supply mix and electricity system reliability.
There will be several ways for municipalities to engage in module A of the process, including:
- Written submissions: participants can submit written submissions in their preferred format using the eFiling system on the AUC’s website. For information on creating an eFiling account, participants can refer to the AUC’s eFiling Basics Brochure. The inquiry has been assigned as Proceeding 28501. Written submissions are due November 22, 2023.
- Comment Matrix: this document is organized by key issues and can be used to assist those who would like to prepare written submissions. The matrix is due November 22, 2023.
- Three in-person open house sessions to explain the inquiry process and how to participate in the inquiry with AUC staff available for questions. It should be noted that the November 7 and 8 sessions conflict with the RMA convention. RMA is working with the AUC to seek alternative engagement options and will report to members if progress is made.
- November 2, 2023 from 3:00 to 8:00 pm in Red Deer
- November 7, 2023 from 3:00 to 8:00 pm in Medicine Hat
- November 8, 2023 from 3:00 to 8:00 pm in Pincher Creek
- Oral submissions: The AUC has reserved December 4 - 8 and 11 - 15 for oral questions and oral submissions. Submissions from municipalities will be scheduled during the week of December 11 - 15, 2023 and it will be announced shortly how to register to make a submission.
Further information on the AUC’s engagement process, including cost recovery mechanisms, can be found on their website
. The RMA will provide members with more information on the process as well as key positions and advocacy resources in the coming weeks.
Manager of Policy & Advocacy