Alternative Ratemaking Methodologies
The PUC will be holding an en banc hearing on Thursday, March 3, 2016, on alternative ratemaking methodologies to facilitate the Commission’s efforts in determining the efficacy and appropriateness of alternative ratemaking methodologies, such as revenue decoupling, before determining whether decoupling should be adopted for Pennsylvania’s electric and natural gas distribution companies. Docket No. M-2015-2518883.
Revenue decoupling is unique to the circumstances of each utility. Questions exist as to whether decoupling is a prerequisite to encourage conservation. Administrative issues relating to the design and maintenance of a mechanism are likely to prove expensive and time consuming. Questions exist as to whether the costs of implementing decoupling would be outweighed by any benefits of decoupling
The hearing will solicit comments from parties on topics contained in the secretarial letter below. As part of the en banc hearing process explained in the secretarial letter below, the five PUC Commissioners will question the speakers after their testimony. Interested parties, who will not be participating at the hearing, have until March 16, 2016 to submit written comments for the Commission to consider.
Agenda - The final agenda for the March 3, 2016 En Banc Hearing on Alternative Ratemaking Methodologies at Docket No. M-2015-2518883.
Secretarial Letter - Letter announcing the En Banc Hearing on Alternative Ratemaking Methodologies at Docket No. M-2015-2518883. Dated December 31, 2015.
Press Release - PUC announces En Banc Hearing to be held to explore Alternative Utility Ratemaking Methods. Dated January 8, 2016.
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En Banc Hearing on March 3, 2016
Mark Newton Lowry, PhD - President of Pacific Economics Group - sponsored by Natural Resources Defense Council
Richard Sedano - Principal and US Programs Director of The Regulatory Assistance Project
Eric Ackerman - Director of Alternative Regulation at Edison Electric Institute
Hugh Gilbert Peach, PhD - President of H. Gil Peach & Associates
Eric Miller - Policy Associate for Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance
Scott R. Koch - Senior Analyst of Regulatory Compliancefor PPL Electric Utilities Corporation
Paula A. Strauss - Director of Rates and Regulatory Services for NiSource Corporate Services Company
Tanya J. McCloskey - Acting Consumer Advocate for the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate
David F. Ciarlone, PE - Senior Manager for Energy and Carbon for Alcoa Inc. on behalf of the Industrial Energy Consumer of Pennsylvania