Ohio Starts Process To Consider Petitions To Terminate Assignment Of Non-Shopping Customers To Retail Suppliers On Monthly Rate
September 14, 2018 Email This Story Copyright 2010-17 EnergyChoiceMatters.com
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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has issued a procedural order to consider petitions from consumer advocates to terminate the monthly variable rate (MVR) mechanism and assignment process for certain non-shopping customers at Dominion Energy Ohio (f/k/a Dominion East Ohio)
As first reported by EnergyChoiceMatters.com, the Ohio Consumers' Counsel had petitioned to end the MVR program for residential customers. For residential customers, the monthly variable rate mechanism is applicable to customers who cease taking competitive supply outside of the SCO. Specifically, under the MVR, residential customers who were on competitive supply, whose marketer contract or opt-out governmental aggregation contract has expired, may enroll with a new marketer or aggregation program or may choose the Standard Choice Offer. If the residential customer does not choose one of these three options, the customer will be assigned to the Monthly Variable Rate after two billing cycles on the Standard Choice Offer (SCO).
Separately, the Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy petitioned PUCO to end the MVR program for non-residential customers as well (see story here). Unlike for residential customers, there is no SCO for non-residential customers, and any non-shopping/non-aggregation non-residential customer is assigned to a supplier under the MVR program
The consumer advocates alleged that monthly prices under the MVR program were unreasonably high (see stories linked above for details)
The OCC and OPAE motions were filed in DEO's most recent exemption docket (12-1842-GA-EXM) relating to the SCO and MVR program
A PUCO attorney examiner in an entry noted as follows: "The attorney examiner notes that the Commission has issued a final exemption order in Case No. 12-1842-GA-EXM and that additional filings in the case after issuance of the final order have been primarily for the purpose of considering and implementing DEO’s auctions."
"The attorney examiner, therefore, directs OCC and OPAE to refile, in a new docket, their motions for modification of the exemption order, pursuant to R.C. 4929.08 and Ohio Adm.Code 4901:1-19-11. Case No. 18-1419-GA-EXM has been opened for this purpose. Further, consistent with Ohio Adm.Code 4901:1-19-11, a procedural schedule, including an opportunity for responding to the motions of OCC and OPAE, will be established in Case No. 18-1419-GA-EXM, after OCC and OPAE refile their motions in that case."
OCC and OPAE were directed to refile their petitions in new Case No. 18-1419-GA-EXM