Notice Re: Publication of Retail Market Statistics

July 14, 2009

NOTICE TO: MARKET PARTICIPANTS

On June 11, 2009 the MSA notified stakeholders that it had commenced a stakeholder consultation process in relation to the Publication of Retail Market Statistics.  At that time the MSA published a ‘Strawdog’ draft upon which interested parties were invited to provide comment.

On July 6, 2009, in accordance with its Stakeholder Consultation Process, the MSA published the comments received on the Strawdog draft.  Having considered the comments received from stakeholders, the MSA is now publishing a formal response to the comments on the Strawdog draft (Appendix A to this Notice).

Appendix A

Based on stakeholder feedback and the MSA’s assessment of the value of publishing more detailed information on retail market statistics, the MSA is proposing to adopt the following changes:

  • Provide the sizes of the market segments
  • Provide regional distributions for the various retail market statistics.

The MSA will not be proceeding with the following change:

  • Provide the names of retail firms and their associated market shares by segment and region.

Request for feedback:  The MSA is interested in the views of market participants on the proposed changes plus any others they feel may assist the development of robust competitive retail markets for electricity and natural gas.

In accordance with the Project Schedule (included at the end of Appendix A) interested parties are invited to provide their comments by July 31, 2009.

The Project Schedule for the Stakeholder Consultation Process is set out at each stage, and will be updated as applicable.  For clarity, the process is currently in the Debate stage.

Interested parties can track this process through the Current Stakeholder Consultations link on the MSA website home page: http://www.albertamsa.ca/

We appreciate your participation in these matters.

Yours truly,

“Original Signed”

Mike Nozdryn-Plotnicki
Manager, Market Monitoring
Market Surveillance Administrator