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Utility Payment Deferral Program: Application for Funding Approval – ENMAX Energy Corporation, AUC Decision 25599-D01-2020 (Corrigendum June 2, 2020)

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Please see the summary Utility Payment Deferral Program: Various Applications for Funding Approval for the background of this application.

Application

On May 22, 2020, ENMAX Energy Corporation (“ENMAX”), an electricity service provider that is not a regulated rate provider as defined in the Electric Utilities Act, filed an application pursuant to the UPDP Act, requesting the following:

Approval for funding from the Balancing Pool for bill payment amounts deferred by its eligible electricity customers during the period from March 18, 2020 to May 8, 2020 (deferral period).

On May 22, 2020, ENMAX, an electricity service provider that is not a regulated rate provider as defined in the Electric Utilities Act, filed an application pursuant to the UPDP Act, requesting the following: 

Approval for funding from the Balancing Pool for bill payment amounts deferred by its eligible electricity customers during the deferral period.

On May 22, 2020, ENMAX, a gas service provider as defined in Subsection 12(1)(c) of the UPDP Act, filed an application pursuant to the UPDP Act, requesting the following:

Approval for a loan from the Associate Minister of Natural Gas and Electricity (Minister) for bill payment amounts deferred by its eligible gas customers during the deferral period.

AUC Findings

Pursuant to Section 4 of the UPDP Act, an eligible electricity customer may enroll in a bill payment deferral program with their electricity service provider. The AUC found that ENMAX is an electricity service provider with eligible electricity customers enrolled in the Utility Payment Deferral Program.

Pursuant to Subsection 8(1) of the UPDP Act, an electricity service provider with eligible enrolled electricity customers may apply to the AUC for funding from the Balancing Pool for the deferred bill payment amounts, other than for the portion of the electricity bill payment amounts that relate to transmission charges. The AUC found that the funding application of ENMAX was adequately supported. The funding application and requested funding amount for ENMAX was approved as applied for. 

Pursuant to Section 14 of the UPDP Act, an eligible gas customer may enroll in a bill payment deferral program with their gas service provider. The AUC found that ENMAX is a gas service provider with eligible gas customers enrolled in the Utility Payment Deferral Program.

Pursuant to Section 18 of the UPDP Act, a gas service provider with eligible enrolled gas customers may apply to the AUC for a loan from the Minister for the gas bill payment amounts deferred by eligible enrolled gas customers, other than the portion of the gas bill payment amounts that relate to transmission charges. The AUC found that the loan application of ENMAX was adequately supported. The loan application and requested loan amount for ENMAX was approved as applied for.

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