Stakeholder Responses to the Strawdog Proposal

June 12, 2006


To: Market Participants

Re: Stakeholder Engagement – Principles and Process

On May 18, 2006 the MSA issued a Notice and a related “Strawdog” Proposal for stakeholder comment regarding the following:

  1. Definition of explicit Principles for Stakeholder Engagement;
  2. Definition of a proposed Project Stage Framework; and
  3. Definition of a specific Process for Developing MSA Guidelines.

At the request of two stakeholders, the MSA extended the comment period regarding the Strawdog Proposal (per MSA Notice issued June 1, 2006).  The MSA added one week to the original published timeline, such that comments on the Strawdog Proposal were required by June 8, 2006.  The MSA received most (but not all) of the attached comments before that deadline.

Stakeholder comments have been received from:

• Compliance Roundtable (CRT)
• TransAlta
• Alberta Direct Connect Consumer Association (ADC)
• Independent Power Producers Society of Alberta (IPPSA)
• EPCOR Utilities Inc.
• TransCanada PipeLines Limited
• ENMAX Corporation

As contemplated by the consultation process set out in the Strawdog Proposal, the MSA is publishing the stakeholder comments received.

(see attached)

The MSA is pleased by the extent of comments received.  In order to incorporate the suggestions of stakeholders and to provide fulsome response on the use made of stakeholder commentary, the MSA has extended the timeline for issuance of the next document iteration (“DRAFT Stage”) from seven to fifteen days – thus, until Friday, June 23, 2006.  Further, based on the experience of the first round of stakeholder consultation, as well as the anticipated slowdown for school and other holidays, we have also extended the timeline for the “DEBATE Stage” from two to three weeks and that for the “DECIDE Stage” from one week to two weeks, as shown below.

The Project Schedule is thus amended as follows:

Project Schedule

The next formal communication from the MSA in respect of this project is planned to be at the conclusion of the DRAFT Stage on June 23, 2006, when it will publish the draft versions of the Principles, Framework and Guideline Development process, together with the disposition of stakeholder feedback that was received on the Strawdog Proposal.  Following the publishing of the draft(s) there will be a second opportunity for stakeholder input, as noted above.

We welcome and appreciate your involvement in these matters.

Yours truly,

“Original signed”

W.W. (Wayne) Silk
Vice-President, Chief Operating Officer
Market Surveillance Administrator