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    Red Tape Reduction

    In alignment with the Government of Alberta’s Red Tape Reduction Act (RTRA), we are examining opportunities to reduce red tape across all departments and remain committed to removing burdensome regulatory requirements as well as streamlining our processes.

    The RTRA is focused on economic growth, competitiveness, innovation and reducing unnecessary burden toward a goal of eliminating red tape by one-third by March 31, 2023.

    With approximately 30,000 regulatory requirements, we are committed to adhering to the government’s timelines while driving value in the electricity sector. After a detailed review, the vast majority of our requirements fall within ISO rules and the ISO tariff, which require stakeholder engagement and a full regulatory process before any changes can be made.

    Our requirements can be broken down as follows:

    • ISO rules – 39 %
    • ISO tariff – 29 %
    •  information documents – 7 %
    • AESO business processes – 25 %

    To achieve reductions, we will reduce red tape and find efficiencies in our information documents and other processes while requiring red tape reduction in future ISO rule revisions and the next ISO tariff. Going forward, stakeholders can expect to see red tape reduction as part of our ongoing business practices. For a listing of our current stakeholder engagements, please click here.  

    If you would like to comment on the AESO’s red tape efforts, please email us at

    Note: The Government of Alberta has clarified that the Alberta Reliability Standards (ARS) are exempt under the RTRA’s counting guidelines as “flow-through” requirements from another jurisdiction or entity that is out of the government’s control. To learn more about the ARS, please click here.