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Alberta Utility Regulations

Alberta does not have a uniform system of provincial regulations dealing with sub-metering and thus the industry remains largely unregulated. Various agencies have overlapping jurisdictions dealing with difference aspects of submetering, but for the most parts requirements are not extensive. Water submetering does not seem to be regulated at all, only energy.

UTILITY ELECTRIC GAS WATER
RUBS ALLOWED No No Law is Silent
SUBMETERING ALLOWED Yes Yes
(with restrictions)
Law is Silent

Electricity Ratio Utility Billing Solution (RUBS) Regulation(s):

Ratio Utility Billing (RUBs) of electricity is not allowed as suite metering (defined as a meter used to measure the individual electricity consumption in a unit, thus equivalent to a sub-meter), is required for all new construction and renovations.

Electrical Submetering Regulation(s):

See Residential Tenancies Act, S.A. 2004, c. R-17.1

  • Submeters allowed

  • Fees allowed

  • Rent limit issues

    • Introducing a submeter is considered a rent increase, and rent can only increase once a year
    • Sub-meters may only be introduced when current lease terms expires (a separate sub-metering agreement seems to be required)
    • Fixed term renter – sub-meter can be introduced once the lease expires and a new lease in introduced (tenant can then negotiate terms, or rent elsewhere)
    • Month to month renter – sub-meters can only be introduced with consent

Gas Ratio Utility Billing Solution (RUBS) Regulation(s):

Not allowed.

Gas Submetering Regulation(s):

See Energy Marketing Regulation, Alta. Reg. 246/2005

  • Certified heat sub-meters (heat sub-meters are devices that measure energy usage purely for heat use, these include allocation devices that use indirect energy measurements including timing and temperature sensors). required

    • There are no know heat submeters certified by Measurement Canada
  • Bill requirements

    • Sub-meter readings
    • Amount being charged
    • Admin fees
    • Calculation method

Water Ratio Utility Billing (RUBS) Regulation(s):

The following laws are relevant to doing third party utility billing:

  • Weights and Measures Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. W-6 [sub-meter certification, see federal regulations]

  • Residential Tenancies Act, S.A. 2004, c. R-17.1 [tenant notice, rent increase limits]

The above laws and regulations do not address:

  • Water – rules and regulations dealing with tenant billing by landlords

  • RUBS – utility billing allocation

  • Any required registration or licensing our company or field technicians may need

  • Limits on sub-metering administrative fee charges to tenants (and how these fees may be split between our company and landlords)

  • Bill statement format and required information (with the exception of heat sub-meters)

Water Submetering Regulation(s):

The following laws are relevant to doing third party utility billing:

  • Weights and Measures Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. W-6 [sub-meter certification, see federal regulations]

  • Residential Tenancies Act, S.A. 2004, c. R-17.1 [tenant notice, rent increase limits]

The above laws and regulations do not address:

  • Water – rules and regulations dealing with tenant billing by landlords

  • Any required registration or licensing our company or field technicians may need

  • Any required registration or licensing our company or field technicians may need

  • Limits on sub-metering administrative fee charges to tenants (and how these fees may be split between our company and landlords)

  • Bill statement format and required information (with the exception of heat sub-meters)

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