Tariff Evolution Roundtable & World Cafe

Introduction

On Nov. 10, 2022, the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) issued its Bulk and Regional Tariff Design Decision,[1] which denied the AESO’s Oct. 15, 2021 rate design application. Having considered the Decision, the AESO is starting a new process to collaborate with stakeholders to reconsider what principles and objectives should guide the ISO tariff rate design for the benefit of Albertans.

Reflecting on stakeholder feedback received across our engagements identified areas of enhancements to further strengthen our engagement approach and drive value, including:

  • Conducting in-person forums to enable more in-depth discussions with the AESO and amongst fellow industry members;
  • More fully utilizing industry expertise in framing the issue and approach, prioritization, as well as solution development and refinement; and
  • Improving how we demonstrate that stakeholder feedback has been considered.

The AESO is committed to applying these learnings to this engagement. To this end, we are excited to host a Tariff Evolution Roundtable and World Café forum on Feb. 14, 2023, to kick off an industry discussion on industry perceptions, needs, and priorities for tariff evolution in the years to come.

We hope this session will offer opportunities to discuss, listen and learn from one another, to strengthen our relationships and to reset for this next stage of tariff evolution and how we work together.

Session details

The in-person option for the hybrid session will be held at:

  • 240Fourth Conference Center
  • Main Floor, 240-4 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 4H4

[1] Decision 26911-D01-2022, AESO Bulk and Regional Rate Design and Modernized DOS Rate Design Application (November 10, 2022)

Introduction

On Nov. 10, 2022, the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) issued its Bulk and Regional Tariff Design Decision,[1] which denied the AESO’s Oct. 15, 2021 rate design application. Having considered the Decision, the AESO is starting a new process to collaborate with stakeholders to reconsider what principles and objectives should guide the ISO tariff rate design for the benefit of Albertans.

Reflecting on stakeholder feedback received across our engagements identified areas of enhancements to further strengthen our engagement approach and drive value, including:

  • Conducting in-person forums to enable more in-depth discussions with the AESO and amongst fellow industry members;
  • More fully utilizing industry expertise in framing the issue and approach, prioritization, as well as solution development and refinement; and
  • Improving how we demonstrate that stakeholder feedback has been considered.

The AESO is committed to applying these learnings to this engagement. To this end, we are excited to host a Tariff Evolution Roundtable and World Café forum on Feb. 14, 2023, to kick off an industry discussion on industry perceptions, needs, and priorities for tariff evolution in the years to come.

We hope this session will offer opportunities to discuss, listen and learn from one another, to strengthen our relationships and to reset for this next stage of tariff evolution and how we work together.

Session details

The in-person option for the hybrid session will be held at:

  • 240Fourth Conference Center
  • Main Floor, 240-4 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 4H4

[1] Decision 26911-D01-2022, AESO Bulk and Regional Rate Design and Modernized DOS Rate Design Application (November 10, 2022)

  • Tariff Evolution Roundtable & World Cafe | Feb. 14, 2023

    The following information can be found in the Session Overview document located in the AESO Materials section.

    Purpose

    To create a forum for industry to discuss its perceptions, needs, and priorities for tariff evolution in the coming years.

    Objectives

    1. Bring stakeholders together to informally discuss the industry’s perspectives on the tariff today, including key outcomes from the AUC’s decision to deny the Bulk and Regional Tariff design application;
    2. Understand the needs and priorities that various stakeholders have, and how bulk and regional tariff design fits in to those needs and priorities;
    3. Collect input from stakeholders on the process and priorities that the AESO should consider when preparing its tariff engagement plan for the coming years, including the next steps for the bulk and regional tariff; and,
    4. Ensure stakeholders leave feeling heard through the process.

    Session overview

    • Morning: A moderated roundtable discussion, observable by all session attendees.
    • Afternoon: A series of break-out rotations to provide your input on specific discussion questions. (i.e., World Café)

    For a detailed agenda, see the Session Overview document in the AESO Materials section.

    Session design

    This session is being designed to accommodate stakeholders’ varying desires to participate in the discussion, from being an active participant, to being more of an observer for the day. The session will accommodate both in-person participation (up to facility capacity) and virtual attendance options.

    The in-person option for the hybrid session will be held at:

    • 240Fourth Conference Center
    • Main Floor, 240-4 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 4H4

    Registration options

    There are two registration options: (1) general participant and (2) panelist. Register here.

    Stakeholders can choose to register as a general participant where they will observe and can ask questions during the roundtable discussion, or they can apply to be a panelist and be part of the moderated roundtable discussion. All session participants are invited to partake in the World Café exercise in the afternoon. Panelists will be selected based on a vote from all registered participants.

    Option 1: Register as a General Participant – In-Person or Virtual

    General participants will listen to the roundtable discussion as an audience member and will participate in the World Café breakouts in the afternoon. General participants will have the opportunity to ask questions to the roundtable panelists.

    All registered participants will be asked to vote to select the panelists in advance of the session.

    In room space will be capped. We’re asking that organizations do not register for more than three general participant in-person seats.

    Option 2: Apply as a Panelist – In-Person Only

    Panelists will be featured in the moderated discussion in the morning and will participate in the World Café breakouts in the afternoon. Panelists will be provided with the moderated questions in advance of the session.

    Panelists will be selected based on a vote from all registered participants. Organizations will be limited to one seat on the Panel.

    How to Apply to be a Panelist (NOW CLOSED)

    Stakeholders can apply to be a panelist when they register for the session.

    The Panel is expected to be limited to the following seat categories:

    1. Large / Industrial Load Organizations or Advocacy Group (2 Seats)
    2. Small / Residential Load Organizations or Advocacy Group (2 Seats)
    3. Generation / Distribution Connected Generation (2 Seats)
    4. Transmission Facility Owner / Distribution Facility Owner (2 Seats)
    5. Energy Storage (1 Seat)
    6. Consultant, Independent or Other (2 Seats)

    Stakeholders must self-select a category when they apply. Only one choice will be permitted for category selection; stakeholders will need to determine the category they best align with if multiple categories apply. Panelist applications will be open until Feb. 1, 2023.

    Panelist Selection

    All registered participants will have the opportunity to vote for the roundtable panelists that they most want to hear from.

    Voting will take place using the AESO Engage platform. Session registrants will receive additional instructions on how to vote when the voting window opens. The voting window will open on Feb. 2, 2023 and will close on Feb. 6, 2023. Organizations will be limited to one seat on the Panel.

    Panelists will be announced on Feb. 7, 2023. Stakeholders that apply to be a panelist that are unsuccessful will automatically be registered as General Participant.

    Discussion Topics

    The discussion topics are being provided to stakeholders to aid in their registration decisions. These topics and the full set of discussion questions will continue to be refined in advance of the session.

    Roundtable Discussion Topics:

    1. Opening remarks – Highlight your name, organization, role, and your goals for the day.
    2. In the grander scheme of the transformation of the electrical system, where in the overall priority stack is updating or evolving the ISO tariff?
    3. How can a tariff best be designed in the current legislative framework?
    4. The Commission has requested the AESO to file a new rate design application by the end of January 2025. What should the overall goal of the rate design application be?
    5. What principles should be considered in future ISO tariff rate design processes? Which principles, if any, should be deprioritized in future tariff rate design processes?
    6. How would you like to see the AESO’s engagement process and approach change in future ISO tariff engagements?
    7. What are potential solutions to improve regulatory efficiency in the design and filing process?

    World Café Topics:

    1. ISO Tariff Evolution Priorities:
      1. What topics are the highest priority items to resolve for the industry and why?
      2. Which discussions can be or need to be combined, vs. should be best separated?
      3. What should be on the AESO’s engagement plan in the coming year(s)?
    2. The Overall Goal of a New Bulk and Regional Rate Design:
      1. What should the overall goal of a bulk and regional tariff rate design process be?
      2. What’s the challenge or opportunity that the industry is trying to solve for?
      3. What principles should the industry adopt to guide the ISO tariff rate design process?
    3. Evolving how we Collaborate and Engage
      1. How should the engagement process be different in the future?
      2. What specific actions, activities, or tactics would you like to see AESO and the industry employ to improve collaboration on future ISO tariff design priorities?
      3. How should engagement change to improve regulatory efficiency and deliver optimized regulatory outcomes?


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