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Regulator To Compare Amounts Paid By Vulnerable Customers On Retail Supply Versus Default Service In New Review To Consider Moving All Such Customers To Default Service

Will Allow For Discovery, Conduct Hearing

July 11, 2018

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Reporting by Paul Ring •

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The Connecticut PURA has officially opened a proceeding (Docket 18-06-02) for a review of the feasibility, costs, and benefits of placing certain customers on standard service pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 16-245o(m)

The Authority said that it will solicit and receive information on the feasibility, costs, and benefits of switching the accounts detailed in Conn. Gen. Stat. §16-245o(m) to standard service. As noted below, the review will include a comparison of costs to vulnerable customers on retail supply versus what they would have paid on default service

Such customers covered by §16-245o(m) include customers: (1) who are hardship cases for purposes of subdivision (3) of subsection (b) of section 16-262c, (2) having moneys due and owing deducted from such customers' bills by the electric distribution company pursuant to subdivision (4) of subsection (b) of section 16-262c, (3) receiving other financial assistance from an electric distribution company, or (4) who are otherwise protected by law from shutoff of electricity services

"The Authority encourages docket participants to explore and identify what, if any, adjustments should be made to existing policies and practices, or if any new policies and practices may have the potential to positively impact the accounts described in § 16-245o(m)," PURA said

Additionally, the Authority intends to explore a number of areas relating to § 16-245o(m) including, but not limited to, the following:

• Trends in § 16-245o(m) accounts, including the conditions driving and impacting those trends;

• The number of § 16-245o(m) accounts serviced by a supplier;

• The amount § 16-245o(m) accounts have paid versus the amount the same accounts would have paid if on standard service;

• The impact of placing § 16-245o(m) accounts on standard service;

• Any non-monetary value the § 16-245o(m) accounts have received while being serviced by a supplier; and

• Any other information that will assist the Authority in reviewing the feasibility, costs, and benefits of possibly switching §16-245o(m) accounts to standard service.

The Authority intends to issue a report or reports detailing the information received and/or a final decision comporting with Conn. Gen. Stat. § 16-245o(m).

"Before issuing a final decision, the Authority would allow for discovery and conduct a hearing," PURA said

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