Notice Re: MSA Compliance and Reliability Workshop

February 26, 2010


Re: MSA Compliance and Reliability Workshop

Date and time: March 10, 2010, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Where:  Main Boardroom, Alberta Utilities Commission, Fifth Avenue Place, 4th Floor 425-1st Street SW, Calgary

Registration: Please register via email to by March 8, 2010.  Attendees will need to sign in at the AUC’s reception on the 4th Floor.


The workshop will consist of two parts (timings are approximate)

Part I - Compliance Panel - Best Practices (approx 1 - 1.5 hours)

• Industry Panel on Best Practice
• MSA 2009 Compliance Review – update and next steps

Part II - Reliability Standards Workshop (approx 2.5- 3 hours)

On February 26, 2010 the DOE and agencies are giving a presentation to the Electric Utilities Advisory Committee around Alberta reliability standards.  This workshop on March 10 is an opportunity for market participants to explore the process in more detail, ask questions and offer suggestions on how the process can be improved.  If you are attending the February 26 meeting and have questions that you would like us to address please send them to

The February 26 presentation slides are posted to our website.  In addition in the Appendix to this notice we have provided overview of the MSA’s intended approach to enforcement.  The focus of the workshop will be to understand these materials and the MSA’s approach to enforcement.  Through the workshop we will be able to provide answers to commonly asked questions:

• Self reports – where should I send them?
• What is the benefit of having a Compliance Program?  What’s the difference between a Compliance Program and a mitigation plan?
• When might a mitigation plan be required? What is likely to be acceptable?
• What is the role of Subject Matter Experts
• What is likely to lead to forbearance / Specified penalty / Administrative Penalty?
• Will the MSA be providing statistics on reliability standards like it does for ISO rules?

The workshop is also intended to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to ask questions and make suggestions on how processes can be improved.  Following the workshop further suggestions and questions can be sent to  The MSA will respond to suggestions and questions received either through a separate notice or in our quarterly reports.

Harry Chandler