Our water rates are approved through the City of Edmonton (our regulator) every five years under the
Performance Based Regulation (PBR), process, which bases our rates our performance. Our rates for 2017-2021 were approved by City Council in October 2016. In our most recent PBR application, we included a commitment to convert at least 10 percent of our power consumption to renewable sources. The E.L. Smith project will allow us to meet this commitment by generating the necessary amount of energy using solar power.
Land development application
In May 2017, we submitted a Land Development Application (including an Environmental Impact Assessment) to the City of Edmonton for approval to rezone the area shown in the white hatched section on
this map. This land is owned by EPCOR and is currently zoned as a Metropolitan Recreation Zone ("A"). In order to build the E.L. Smith Solar Farm on this site, it will need to be rezoned to a Direct Development Control Provision (DC1) and receive approval from Edmonton City Council.
As part of the approval process, we have submitted:
- An amendment to the
North Saskatchewan River Valley Area Redevelopment Plan (Bylaw No. 7188) to add the DC1 zone to include solar farm use (submitted in early 2018)
An Municipal Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
- In support of the Land Development Application (LDA), EPCOR also submitted a Site Location Analysis and Justification Study which addresses the institutional, environmental, social, and financial aspects of the project.
The LDA review and update process is complete based on feedback we have received from the City of Edmonton.
For more information about the rezoning process, or to find out more about our proposal and previous public engagement initiatives, please visit the City websites listed below:
In early 2018, we submitted a Facility Application to the AUC for approval to build and operate the E.L. Smith Solar Farm (Proceeding Number 23418). The AUC approved our application in early 2019.
Letter of Enquiry (LOE) for the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) Project
EPCOR intends to submit the required Letter of Enquiry (LOE) for the BESS Project and Intelligent Management Controls to the AUC in July 2020.
The AUC is an independent, quasi-judicial agency that ensures the delivery of Alberta's utility services takes place in a manner that is fair, responsible and in the public interest. The AUC must approve the BESS project before EPCOR can begin work on it.
For more information on the AUC's regulatory process and how you can participate in the process, visit their website.