Rule 004: Alberta Tariff Billing Code

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The Alberta Utilities Commission is seeking utility industry input on the implementation of the federal carbon tax. Please register and add your comments to the discussion topics.

The provincial carbon levy was repealed in May 2019 when new provincial government came to power.

In response, the federal government announced that federal fuel charge, known as the federal carbon tax, will be implemented in Alberta starting January 1, 2020. As requested by the utility industry, the AUC scheduled a teleconference meeting in preparation of the implementation of the federal carbon tax expected to start beginning in 2020. The meeting agenda included:

  1. Changes to AUC Rule 004, including changing the name from ‘Provincial carbon levy’ to ‘Carbon tax’ (Discussion 2 of the project has details on all the changes proposed to Rule 004)
  2. Component category code and type code naming convention
  3. Discuss distributor’s learnings from other jurisdictions
  4. Customer communication plan
  5. GST on carbon tax
  6. Pricing for January and April 2020

Public is not required for this consultation as it pertains to the backend preparation by the industry for the expected implementation of federal carbon tax.


The Alberta Utilities Commission is seeking utility industry input on the implementation of the federal carbon tax. Please register and add your comments to the discussion topics.

The provincial carbon levy was repealed in May 2019 when new provincial government came to power.

In response, the federal government announced that federal fuel charge, known as the federal carbon tax, will be implemented in Alberta starting January 1, 2020. As requested by the utility industry, the AUC scheduled a teleconference meeting in preparation of the implementation of the federal carbon tax expected to start beginning in 2020. The meeting agenda included:

  1. Changes to AUC Rule 004, including changing the name from ‘Provincial carbon levy’ to ‘Carbon tax’ (Discussion 2 of the project has details on all the changes proposed to Rule 004)
  2. Component category code and type code naming convention
  3. Discuss distributor’s learnings from other jurisdictions
  4. Customer communication plan
  5. GST on carbon tax
  6. Pricing for January and April 2020

Public is not required for this consultation as it pertains to the backend preparation by the industry for the expected implementation of federal carbon tax.


Discussions: All (3) Open (3)
  • Discussion 1. Component type code and Component category code

    11 months ago
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    Rule 004 Table A5-16, currently has component category code 5008 for Provincial carbon levy. With Federal carbon tax expected to come into effect from January 1, 2020, please comment on the preferred option:

    1.  Continue using component category code 5008 with a new component type code that specifically relates to the Federal carbon tax.

    a.  If this is the accepted option, what should the text say for Element Sequence 3 under Description in Table A5-18.

    2. Create a new component category code 5009.

    Please submit your comments by Monday, October 07, 2019. If you have any question, please email regulatorypolicy@auc.ab.ca.


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  • Discussion 2. Proposed changes to Rule 004

    9 months ago
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    In the industry teleconference meeting held on November 04, 2019, to discuss the implementation of the federal carbon tax, participants agreed that in order to use the existing Component Category Code 5008 for the federal carbon tax, the name of the Component Category Code should be changed from Provincial carbon levy to Carbon tax in Table A5-16 of Rule 004. See proposed change below.

    Based on the proposed change to the Component Category Code Name, we would like to clarify whether any additional proposed changes to the rule may be required. Please see the following:

    1. Section 1.2 Proposed definition of Carbon tax


    2. Table 3-1 Tariff billing events (Table Ref ID 21) - If this price change is connected at the category level then we may need to change the name. Please see proposed change below.


    3. Table 4-8 Tariff Charge record content (Element Sequence 17) Please see proposed change below.

    4. Table A5-22 Dispute codes (Table Ref ID 13) - If this dispute is connected at the category level then we may need to change the name. Please see proposed change below. 

    5. In addition, we thought we would take the opportunity to change the 'business day' definition in Rule 004 to align with the definition in the other rules that were changed last year. Please see proposed change below.            

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Please let us know ASAP of any other related changes that you feel maybe required.  We would appreciate your comments by November 22, 2019.




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  • Discussion 3. Tariff Calendar File – Date Issue (AUI)

    8 months ago
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    Dear Retailers,

    AUI has discovered an error for February 2020 in the TCF currently published on its website  (http://www.altagasutilities.com/TBC-and-SSC). The published billing date for cycle 13 is Sunday, February 23, 2020 but the correct billing date for cycle 13 is Friday, February 21, 2020. Consequently, AUI proposes to correct this date as part of the TCF publication for April 2020 to March 2021 to be completed by December 20, 2019. As part of this publication, AUI will also re-publish January to March 2020. 

    As AUI has passed the 90 day notification date per Table 2-1 of Rule 004, AUI requests retailer feedback on the TCF correction and timing noted above. Please post questions or comments in Engage or contact Linda Kinnee at lkinnee@agutl.com to discuss by Friday, December 6, 2019.

    Thanks in advance for your consideration. 

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