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Rate Case Roundup

Phillip Cross

Rate Case Roundup

ILLINOIS While granting Utility Services of Illinois, Inc. $1.86 million in additional revenue for the delivery of water service and approximately $535,236 in additional revenue for sewer service, the Illinois Commerce Commission has adjusted downward by eight basis points its figure for rate of return on equity (ROE) to account for the risk-lowering effects of the company’s decoupling rider. It concluded that the company should be authorized to earn an overall rate of return of 7.57% for water and 7.61% for sewer. The rate of return incorporates an ROE of 9.23% for water and 9.31% for sewer. The commission noted...

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New York Electric Cars

Phillip Cross

New York Electric Cars

The New York Public Service Commission has issued an order expanding the types of electric vehicles eligible to participate in Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.’s off-peak electric vehicle charging program, SmartCharge NY. The expansion will allow Con Edison to offer incentives to participating customers who charge medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles during off-peak hours. According to the commission, expanding the program will allow the utility to monitor customer response to incentives for off-peak charging for vehicles with needs that are significantly different from those eligible for the current light-duty tariff including accommodating the greater power demands of larger...

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Renewable Energy in New York

Phillip Cross

Renewable Energy in New York

The New York Public Service Commission has expanded the types of clean renewable energy systems that are eligible for compensation based upon the benefits they generate for society and the electric grid. In September 2017, the commission adopted the value-based policy to compensate the owners of solar projects for the value the solar system provides. The policy represents a movement away from the existing net metering method of compensation. Compensation for new technologies will come in the form of bill credits. In its 2017 order the commission noted that there will not be an adverse ratepayer impact as the bill...

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Oregon Electric Market

Phillip Cross

Oregon Electric Market

In response to Senate Bill (SB) 978, the Oregon Public Utility Commission has developed a roadmap for adapting regulation to the changing electric sector. Under the bill the state legislature directed the commission to develop a public process to explore how the existing regulatory system for investor-owned electric utilities is impacted by rapidly changing technology and policy. Any recommendations had to maintain the PUC’s focus on affordable rates, safety, and reliable service. The PUC’s report recommends action in six areas:1. Climate Change – Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a high priority for the State of Oregon and the PUC’s stakeholders,...

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Customer Choice POR Program

Phillip Cross

Customer Choice POR Program

The Delaware Public Service Commission has approved a Purchase of Receivables Program governing the purchase of accounts by Delmarva Power and Light Co. from third party electric suppliers. In a general, a POR Program is one in which a regulated delivery such as Delmarva will purchase from unregulated choice suppliers amounts owed to the choice suppliers by customers who have decided to shop for their electricity supply. The utility purchases the receivables at a discount rate equal to the third party supplier’s actual uncollectible rate. Under the approved program, the amounts billed by the third party suppliers to Delmarva will...

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