Glossary

TermDescription
Account Number A number created to be used for billing purposes for each site. Each number is unique and is associated with the bill payee.
Accounting Period The month that data is process through the company’s accounting system.
Actual Usage Cost ($/MWh) Usage cost is calculated from Usage MWh divided by Usage Charge. This cost represents your average cost for energy consumed. This number is comparable to Pool Price, in that Pool Price represents a flat load profile cost.
Address The mailing address of the payee.
Administration Charge A monthly charge levied to recover a Wire Service Providers and/or retailers and/or billing agents costs for customer service, billing, communication and in some cases, other charges related to management of the energy supply portfolio such as risk, pool trading charges, etc.
ADOEAlberta Department of Energy.
AEATCO Electric Limited.
AECLAtomic Energy of Canada Limited.
AESOAlberta Electric System Operator - A statutory corporation governed by an independent Board of Directors appointed by the Alberta Minister of Energy, whose major functions are to:
  • Operate the power pool in a manner that promotes the fair, efficient and openly competitive exchange of electric energy in Alberta ;
  • Determine the order of dispatch of electric energy and ancillary services in Alberta;
  • Carry out financial settlement for all electric energy exchanged through the power pool at the pool price;
  • Provide system access to the transmission system and to prepare a tariff or transmission services;
Manage and recover the costs of transmission line losses and for the provision of ancillary services ;
  • Direct the safe, reliable and economic operation of the interconnected electric system;
  • Assess current and future needs of market participants and plan the capability of the transmission system;
  • Make arrangements for expansion and enhancement of the transmission system to meet those needs; and to
  • Regulate and administer load settlement.
AEUBAlberta Energy and Utilities Board - a regulatory body with the responsibility to oversee the economic, orderly and efficient development and operation, in the public interest, of hydro energy and the generation and transmission of electric energy in Alberta.
Affiliated Power Producer A company that generates power and is affiliated with a utility.
AFREAAlberta Federation of Rural Electrification Associations - Provides a voice for Rural Electrification Association (REA) members.
Aggregation A collection of particulars into a whole mass or sum; total; combined.
AGSAlberta Government Services - responsible for the Fair Trading Act and the direct marketing of electricity and natural gas, administers a variety of consumer protections statutes and programs.
AIES Alberta Interconnected Electrical System.
Allocatd Losses Energy losses are usually allocated to customer groups based on allocations determined from distribution loss studies.
Alternating Current (AC) A current that flows alternately in one direction and then in the reverse direction. In North America, the standard for alternating current is 60 complete cycles each second. Such electricity is said to have a frequency of 60 hertz. Alternating current is used in power systems because it can be transmitted and distributed more economically than direct current.
Ampere Unit of electric current that is equivalent to the steady current produced by one volt applied across a resistance of one ohm.
Ancillary Services See Operating Reserves.
ARUA Alberta Rural Utility Association - The goal of the ARUA is to work together with combined efforts to ensure the government receives a clear message from rural Alberta regarding common issues that affect our utilities and other matters affecting rural utility systems and their consumers. ARUA is an alliance of the Federation of Alberta Gas Co-ops Ltd., the Alberta Federation of Rural Electrification Associations, Alberta Federation of Rural Water Co-operatives Ltd., Gas Alberta Inc., Prairie Power Ltd., the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties. Collectively, these organizations represent approximately 500,000 rural Albertans.
ATC A measure of the maximum energy flow possible in one direction across an intertie.
AUC The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) is a quasi-judicial independent agency established by the Government of Alberta, responsible to ensure that the delivery of Alberta’s utility service takes place in a manner that is fair, responsible and in the public interest. The AUC regulates investor-owned natural gas, electric, and water utilities and certain municipally owned electric utilities to ensure that customers receive safe and reliable service at just and reasonable rates. The staff of the AUC also responds to customer inquiries and complaints respecting utility matters. In addition, the AUC ensures that electric facilities are built, operated, and decommissioned in an efficient and environmentally responsible way and provides regulatory oversight of issues related to the development and operation of the wholesale electricity market in Alberta as well as the retail gas and electricity markets in the province.
Average Load Average load is the average daily consumption rate.
Average Published Pool Price ($/MWh) Hourly energy prices posted by the AESO.