“The RRC Board and Committees will post agendas 14 days prior to each meeting under the applicable tab below. Please click through the tabs to learn how often each group meets, when the upcoming meetings are, what items are on the next agenda, and how you can submit a request to participate as an interested member of the public.”

The RRC Governance Committee will be holding a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, November 30th, at 1:00pm to convene the Consumer – Large Commercial-Industrial stakeholder group and work with them to select an individual to represent their interests as an Alternate on the RRC Board of Directors. Please reach out to info@akrrc.org to request more information about this opportunity and to receive instructions for virtual participation. The agenda for this meeting can be found here

In compliance with RCA Order 12 under Docket E-22-001, issued on September 23, 2022 the RRC intends to file with the RCA on or before November 24th a proposed initial tariff and initial surcharge.

 

PUBLIC NOTICE OF SUBMISSION OF PROPOSED RULES BY THE RAILBELT RELIABILITY COUNCIL TO THE RCA

On October 10, 2022 the Railbelt Reliability Council (RRC) filed with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA or “Commission”) the following proposed organizational rules (the “Proposed Rules”), which the RRC proposes to become effective 45 days after filing:

Rule # Rule Name General Description of Proposed Rule
ER1 Product Development Rule This rule requires the RRC to consider and balance interests articulated by stakeholders, potentially affected parties, and the general public in developing plans, rules, tariff provisions, and standards, and ensures that the public is notified in advance of a development so they have an opportunity to participate.
ER2 Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program Rule This rule provides fair and impartial procedures for enforcing reliability standards.
ER3 Documents Retention and Access Rule This rule establishes a presumption that RRC documents are public unless classified confidential under Rule ER4, establishes requirements for document management and storage, and provides for access to public documents.
ER4 Confidential Documents and Access Rule This rule provides a process for designating documents confidential and requesting access to confidential documents.
ER5 Public Participation in a Development Rule This rule provides a process for an interested person to petition the RRC to participate in the development of a proposed plan, standard, tariff provision, or rule.
ER6 Public Meetings Rule This rule governs scheduling and accessibility to RRC meetings and ensures that the RRC operates transparently and openly.
ER7 Public Notice Rule This rule provides the process for notifying the public of RRC meetings and certain actions to ensure that the public has sufficient advance notice of RRC actions to provide input in a meaningful way.
ER8 Original Set of Books Rule This rule requires the RRC to keep an original set of books and records in Alaska that is available to the public, except when classified confidential, and to the RCA.
ER9 Rule Amendments Rule This rule provides processes for rule amendments and revisions by the RRC and at the direction of the RCA.
ER10 Voting Procedures Rule This rule provides the voting requirements for the board of directors and committees of the RRC.
ER11 Ethical Conduct Rule This rule functions as the RRC’s code of conduct and requires specific independent conduct of RRC directors, employees, and committee members.
ER12 Conduct Compliance Rule This rule provides processes for enforcing Rule ER11, the RRC’s Whistleblower Policy, and certain provisions of Rule ER10.
ER13 Equitable Allocation of Costs Rule This rule specifies the cost allocation methodology employed by the RRC in determining an equitable surcharge assessed to Load Serving Entities (LSEs).

As described in Rule Letter ER1-9001 filed with the Commission, the Proposed Rules address and will ensure the RRC’s compliance with the statutory and regulatory requirements for an electric reliability organization in Alaska.

The Proposed Rules and accompanying Rule Letter ER1-9001, which provides additional explanation regarding each rule, are available for review on the RRC’s website at RRC Rule Letter & Initial Packet, and will be available on the RCA’s website, http://rca.alaska.gov/RCAWeb/home.aspx, once posted by the Commission.

Any person may file written comments on the Proposed Rules with the RCA by emailing rca.mail@alaska.gov  or by mail to 701 West Eighth Avenue, Suite 300, Anchorage, AK 99501.  To assure the Commission has sufficient time to consider the comments before the proposed rules take effect, the RRC suggests that your comments be filed with the RCA no later than Monday, November 14, 2022.

PUBLIC NOTICE OF SUBMISSION OF PROPOSED 2023 BUDGET BY THE RAILBELT RELIABILITY COUNCIL TO THE RCA

On October 10, 2022, the Railbelt Reliability Council (RRC) filed with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) its proposed 2023 budget available at the link below.  A copy of the budget filing, which provides additional explanation regarding the proposed budget, is available for review on the RRC’s website at RRC Budget Filing , and will be available on the RCA’s website, http://rca.alaska.gov/RCAWeb/home.aspx, once posted by the Commission.

Any person may file written comments on the Proposed 2023 budget with the RCA by emailing rca.mail@alaska.gov or by mail to 701 West Eighth Avenue, Suite 300, Anchorage, AK 99501.  To assure the RRC has sufficient time to consider the comments before RRC surcharge filling is made, the RRC requests that your comments be filed with the RCA no later than Monday, November 14, 2022.

 

RRC Agendas (Click Tabs Below)

The RRC Board of Directors plans to hold regular monthly meetings on the first Monday of the month from 1:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. via Zoom. To attend the next board meeting virtually, click here to fill out the registration form.

Railbelt Reliability Council Board of Directors
December 5, 2022 Meeting Agenda (Click to view agenda)

If any member of the public would like to provide written comment on any agenda items please email them to info@akrrc.org

 

The RRC Infrastructure Committee plans to hold weekly meetings on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. Interested members of the public may participate remotely. Please send a request for remote participation information to info@akrrc.org

RRC Infrastructure Committee
November 30, 2022 Meeting Agenda (Click to view)

RRC Infrastructure Committee
November 23, 2022 Meeting Agenda (Click to view)

If any member of the public would like to provide written comment on any agenda items please email them to info@akrrc.org

The RRC Finance & Audit Committee plans to hold weekly meetings on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. via Zoom. Interested members of the public may participate remotely. Please send a request for remote participation information to info@akrrc.org.

RRC Finance and Audit Committee Meeting
November 22, 2022 (Click to view agenda)

RRC Finance and Audit Committee Meeting
November 29, 2022 (Click to view agenda)

If any member of the public would like to provide written comment on any agenda items please email them to info@akrrc.org

The RRC Executive Committee plans to hold weekly meetings on Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. via Zoom. Interested members of the public may participate remotely. Please send a request for remote participation information to info@akrrc.org.

RRC Executive Committee Special Meeting
November 28, 2022 (Click for agenda)

RRC Executive Committee Meeting
December 1, 2022 (Click for agenda)

RRC Executive Committee Meeting
December 8, 2022 (Click for agenda)

RRC Executive Committee Meeting
December 15, 2022 (Click for agenda)

If any member of the public would like to provide written comment on any agenda items please email them to info@akrrc.org.

The RRC Governance Committee plans to hold weekly meetings on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. via Zoom. Interested members of the public may participate remotely. Please send a request for remote participation information to info@akrrc.org

RRC Governance Committee Meeting
December 1, 2022 (Click for agenda)

RRC Governance Committee Meeting
December 8, 2022 (Click for agenda)

If any member of the public would like to provide written comment on any agenda items please email them to info@akrrc.org

A New Path for Managing Alaska’s Largest Electrical Grid

The RRC will provide a forum and structure for six interconnected Railbelt utilities, along with seven non-utility stakeholders, to work together to address Railbelt-wide regional electric system issues to ensure grid resilience and reduce long term costs.

The RRC will define and enforce electric reliability standards, coordinate joint planning through an integrated resource planning process and ensure consistent interconnection protocols for utilities, independent power producers and others who would like to use the grid.  The RRC will also work with the RCA to develop a cost sharing methodology for assets that have a regional benefit and will also study if there are effective ways for the Railbelt electric system to reduce fuel costs for ratepayers.

RRC Update – March 25, 2022

The RRC Implementation Committee (IC) has now transitioned into the RRC board of directors during a March 14 organizational meeting.  The RRC is officially incorporated in Alaska and all Board members and officers were carried over from the volunteer RRC Implementation Committee.

The RRC filed an application to become the designated Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) for the Railbelt interconnected electric system on March 25, 2022 which can be found on the RCA website.

Until approved by the RCA, the RRC will meet monthly to conduct business and will focus on completing tasks that will allow the organization to hit the ground running once certificated by the RCA. In addition, the organization will respond to RCA orders and other requests related to the application docket.

View Past RRC Board and Committee Meeting Agendas <here>

Access Past RRC Meeting Recordings <here>

View Approved RRC or RRC IC Meeting Minutes <here>

Find the full list of RRC Board Members, click <here>

To contact the RRC Board of Directors, to provide comments or asks questions, and to request public meeting details, e-mail info@akrrc.org

Updates:

Regulatory Commission of Alaska – Docket: E-22-001

Background:

The Right Solution at the Right Time

The RRC meets requirements established in a 2015 letter <view here> from the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) to the Alaska State Legislature indicating the need for reform on the Railbelt and requesting voluntary solutions from the utilities.  As a culmination of months of discussions amongst the utilities, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by all utilities detailing the framework of the RRC. Non-utility stakeholders, including independent power producers, the RCA, consumer groups and others assisted in the MOU process.    The MOU can be viewed <here>.

A Balanced, Transparent Approach

The RRC Board of Directors is currently led by a mix of utility and non-utility stakeholders. In addition to the six utility seats, the committee includes six non-utility seats:

  • an organization/individual representing residential consumers
  • an organization representing large commercial/industrial consumers
  • an organization representing environmental interests
  • one independent, non-affiliated member
    As well as 2 ex officio, non-voting seats

Establishing the RRC 

The Implementation Committee has now completed its duties and transitioned to the fully incorporated RRC Board of Directors.

Press Releases

Railbelt Reliability Council Submits Application to the RCA – click here to read

RRC Implementation Committee adds final two members – click here to read

Railbelt Utilities Sign Groundbreaking Agreement – click here to read.