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    ARS Program Enhancements

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    Purpose

    The purpose of this initiative is to provide a forum for interested stakeholders to review and discuss their perspectives as it relates to the existing Alberta reliability standards (ARS) Program, collectively share, listen and consider different viewpoints, and collaborate on potential enhancements to the ARS Program with a focus on driving efficiencies that will result in a reduction in regulatory burden for market participants, while maintaining the safe, reliable, and economic operation of the Alberta Interconnected Electric System (AIES) .

    This initiative will seek to:

    • Consider a greater adoption of risk-based approaches across the ARS program.
    • Integrate efficiencies into both internally and externally facing processes.
    • Better facilitate a common understanding of ARS requirements and expectations for compliance among market participants.

    ARS Program Enhancements Roadmap

    Stakeholder comments and recommendations, and the themes summarized in the Stakeholder Comments Summary will be further assessed and considered to guide the development of a roadmap for this initiative. The draft roadmap, including a proposed pace and prioritization of initiatives, will be brought to stakeholders for input and discussion at a session on May 11, 2022.

    Once finalized, the roadmap will serve as our plan and schedule for implementing enhancements to the ARS Program with a focus on driving efficiencies that will result in a reduction in regulatory burden for market participants, while maintaining the safe, reliable, secure, and economic operation of the AIES.

    Your continued participation, lending of your expertise and commitment to engaged dialogue will be integral to the success of this industry-wide initiative. We thank you in advance for your time and attention to this important initiative.

    Consultation schedule

    • Existing ARS Program<br>Nov. 23 – Jan. 21, 2022

      Purpose

      The purpose of this initial written consultation is to seek feedback from stakeholders on their perspectives as it relates to the current ARS Program, and on identifying and prioritizing areas of potential improvement opportunities.

    • Planned Activities<br>Q1 2022

      Targets

      • Seek feedback on existing ARS Program and opportunities for improvement (January)
      • Post written stakeholder feedback received (January)
      • Provide a summary of stakeholder feedback received (February)
      • Stakeholder feedback gathered will be reviewed and considered as the AESO develops a roadmap including scope of activities to be undertaken in 2022 and a timeline for regular progress updates (March-May)
    • Planned Activities<br>Q2 2022

      Targets

      • Complete development of draft roadmap (May)
      • Stakeholder session to present and seek feedback on draft roadmap (May-June)
      • Post written stakeholder feedback received (June)
      • Stakeholder feedback gathered will be reviewed and considered as the AESO finalizes its roadmap (June-September)
    • Engagement Session<br>May 11, 2022

      Purpose

      The purpose of the virtual session is to engage stakeholders in a discussion of the AESO’s draft ARS Program Enhancements Roadmap and share next steps​. Specific session objectives include:

      • Share our learnings from stakeholder feedback on the existing ARS Program​
      • Present draft roadmap including proposed pace and prioritization​
      • Seek stakeholder feedback on draft roadmap​
      • Share next steps and timing​
    • Engagement Session | May 11, 2022

      The AESO hosted a virtual stakeholder engagement session on May 11, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

      Session purpose

      The purpose of the session is to engage stakeholders in a discussion of the AESO’s draft ARS Program Enhancements Roadmap and share next steps​. Specific session objectives include:

      • Share our learnings from stakeholder feedback on the existing ARS Program​
      • Present draft roadmap including proposed pace and prioritization​
      • Seek stakeholder feedback on draft roadmap​
      • Share next steps and timing​

      Request for feedback

      The AESO is seeking feedback on the draft ARS Program Enhancements Roadmap presented during the session. We value stakeholder input, and we invite all interested stakeholders to provide their feedback to the AESO via the questions set out in the Stakeholder Comment Matrix ARS Program Enhancements Roadmap on or before June 10, 2022.

      Engagement session materials

    • Existing ARS Program | Nov. 23 – Jan. 21, 2022

      Purpose

      The purpose of this initial written consultation is to seek feedback from stakeholders on their perspectives as it relates to the current ARS Program, and on identifying and prioritizing areas of potential improvement opportunities.

      View the ARS Program Components visual for a description of the existing ARS Program development, implementation and compliance monitoring activities.

      Stakeholder comments

      We value stakeholder feedback, and we thank you for sharing your perspectives with us. View all stakeholder comments received on the Existing ARS Program in the materials section below.

      Extension request

      We considered stakeholders’ requests for an extension to the comments submission in order to accommodate the holiday season and allow for more fulsome stakeholder collaboration. As such, the deadline for stakeholder feedback was extended to Jan. 21, 2022 from Dec. 17, 2021.

      Existing ARS Program materials

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