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Act 129

The Commission is actively involved in the implementation process for Act 129 of 2008. On Oct. 15, 2008, Governor Rendell signed HB 2200 into law as Act 129 of 2008, with an effective date of Nov. 14, 2008. The Act expands the Commission’s oversight responsibilities and imposes new requirements on electric distribution companies (EDCs), with the overall goal of reducing energy consumption and demand.

The Act adds several new sections to, and amends several existing sections of the Public Utility Code.  The Commission will implement the Act in phases.  The first phase will deal with the Commission’s obligation to adopt an energy efficiency and conservation (EE&C) program by Jan. 15, 2009.  Subsequent phases of the Commission’s Act 129 implementation process will address EDC and default service provider responsibilities; conservation service providers; smart meter technology; time-of-use rates; real-time pricing plans; default service procurement; market misconduct; alternative energy sources; and cost recovery.

Act 129 Sections

Act 129 Statewide Evaluator

The PUC sought a Statewide Evaluator Contract to evaluate the energy efficiency and conservation programs required by the Act 129 of 2008.

Conservation Service Providers

Information and comments regarding the requirements of Conservation Service Providers.

Default Service Regulations Rulemaking

Rulemaking proceeding to consider amendments to the default service regulations so that the regulations are consistent with Act 129.

Electric Distribution Company Act 129 Reporting

Act 129 program performance quarterly and annual reports filed by the EDCs per Commission directives.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program

Act 129 directed electric distribution companies with at least 100,000 customers to develop and file efficiency and conservation plans.

Smart Meter Technology

Requirements for EDCs with greater than 100,000 customers to submit a smart meter technology procurement and installation plan.

Technical Reference Manual

Standards for measuring and verifying applicable DSM/EE measures used by EDCs to meet the Act 129 targets.

Total Resource Cost Test

The Total Resource Cost (TRC) test analyzes the costs and benefits of the energy efficiency and conservation plans.

Training Certifications for Weatherization Installations & Audits

Comments on the current training required by EDCs and NGDCs.

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