Rates Proceedings – Efficiency
On April 27, 2021, the AUC approved amendments to Rule 001: Rules of Practice applicable to proceedings registered on or after May 17, 2021.
In 2020 the AUC accepted 29 of the recommendations of the Report of the AUC Procedures and Process Review Committee to support the AUC in its drive to increase efficiency and reduce regulatory lag in how it deals with utility rate applications.
The amendments to Rule 001 uphold the AUC’s commitment to adjudicative efficiency. At the same time, the changes recognize that the AUC already has broad authority to case manage its proceedings assertively. The amendments are targeted at codifying standard procedures and the AUC’s expectations of parties to promote regulatory efficiency without altering the AUC’s discretion to control its processes. Notably, the amendments support the efficient scoping and scheduling of proceedings through the early establishment of issue lists and process schedules.