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About the CouncilThe Utility Rates Review Council (URRC)
The Public Utilities Act was inherited from the Northwest Territories when Nunavut was created in 1999. On March 29, 2001, it was replaced by the Utility Rates Review Council (URRC) Act. The URRC Act was compiled using parts of legislation from across Canada. It is a made-in-Nunavut solution to regulating utilities.
Previously, the Nunavut Public Utilities Board was a decision-making body with full power to make more than recommendations. Under the URRC Act however, the Council is now an advisory body to the Minister Responsible for the Qulliq Energy Corporation (QEC). Under the new Act, the Minister Responsible for the QEC, along with the Executive Council, make the final decisions on power rates.
The latest change to the URRC Act was in 2010 when the Nunavut Legislative Assembly approved amendments to the Act. The main change is with the process of a Fuel Stabilization Rider (FSR). Now, the Minister Responsible for URRC no longer requires the approval for the Executive Council for an interim. FSR. This was changed so that the process can happen expeditiously to benefit the ratepayer.
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