+ RMA Rural Municipalities
of Alberta

Resolution 16-18F

Demand Meters and Rate Riders

Date:
November 21, 2018
Expiry Date:
December 1, 2021
Active Status:
Active
Sponsors:
Brazeau County
District:
3 - Pembina River
Year:
2018
Convention:
Fall
Category:
Energy
Status:
Sent to Government
Vote Results:
Carried
Preamble:

WHEREAS municipal government buildings and recreational facilities are to benefit the people of Alberta; and

WHEREAS demand meters are the currently accepted practice of tracking peak demand and electrical usage; and

WHEREAS there has been a significant recent rise in electrical rates either by distribution and/or transmission charges and/or electric rates and/or carbon surcharges; and

WHEREAS demand meters are reset on an annual basis; and

WHEREAS when a system requiring electricity is connected to the grid and a peak demand is established, the premises is then billed on that peak for the next consecutive twelve-month period;

Operative Clause:

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Rural Municipalities of Alberta request that the Alberta Utilities Commission create a separate rate class for municipal buildings and recreational facilities and require that all demand meters are reset and billed accordingly on a monthly basis.

Member Background:

Demand meters are the current accepted practice of tracking peak demand and electrical usage on commercial, industrial and recreational facilities. The majority of rural municipalities own or support recreational facilities as a provision of services to their residents. There have been recent significant rises in electrical rates either by distribution and/or transmission charges and/or electric rates and/or carbon surcharges. As many recreational facilities are not utilized 24/7 like commercial or industrial facilities, this results in demand meters negatively impacting communities of all sizes as they pay a portion of their power bill on the peak utilization and not just on their consumption.

This drain on municipal resources has resulted in the rural municipalities’ request to the Government of Alberta for a change in rate structure and operations of demand meters to recognize that recreational facilities are separate from commercial and industrial users.

RMA Background:

RMA has no active resolutions directly related to this issue.

 

Provincial Ministries:
Energy
Provincial Boards and Organizations:
AUC
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