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Alberta Electric System Operator Application for Approval of New Alberta Reliability Standard PER-006-AB-1, AUC Decision 26406-D01-2021

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Reliability Standard


In this decision, the AUC approved the new Alberta reliability standard ADM-002-AB-1 proposed by the Alberta Electric System Operator (“AESO”) pursuant to subsection 19(4)(b) of the Transmission Regulation.

Background

The AESO submitted that the proposed new PER-006-AB-1 requires the operator of generating unit or aggregated generating facility to provide training to personnel who are responsible for the real-time control of the generating unit or aggregated generating facility. The operator is required to train the personal on the functionality of protection systems and remedial action schemes that affect the output of the generating unit or aggregated generating facility.

The AESO further submitted that the proposed new PER-006-AB-1 is important for maintaining the reliable operation of the interconnected electric system, as the training of operating personnel, on those protection systems that may affect the output of their machines can help expedite the restoration of a generating unit or aggregated generating facility to service, or possibly help mitigate the loss of a machine during certain operating conditions.

AUC Findings and Decision

Subsections 19(5) and 19(6) of the Transmission Regulation require the AUC to approve or refuse to approve each reliability standard as recommended by the AESO unless an interested person convinces the AUC that the recommendation is technically deficient, or not in the public interest. No objection indicating that the proposed new PER-006-AB-1 is technically deficient or not in the public interest was filed.

Pursuant to subsection 19(6) of the Transmission Regulation and based on the recommendation of the Independent System Operator, the Commission approved the proposed new PER-006-AB-1, effective July 1, 2023.

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