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;
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.
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 has no active resolutions directly related to this issue.