Pennsylvania ALJ: More Price Stability And Certainty Is In "Public Interest"
December 12, 2018 Email This Story Copyright 2010-17 EnergyChoiceMatters.com
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In recommending adoption, without modification, of a settlement in Pike County Light & Power Company's default service plan proceeding (DSP), which would allow Pike County to implement a financial hedging strategy for a portion of its default service load, a Pennsylvania ALJ said that, "More stability and certainty is in the public interest."
The ALJ agreed that such hedging, "will enable Pike to meet the goals contained in Act 129 and will provide more stability and certainty in the rates charged to consumers because the variable spot market rate can be volatile. More stability and certainty is in the public interest."
The settlement would establish Pike County's default service plan for the period June 2019 to May 2021
Under the settlement, Pike County would continue to procure its default supply from the NYISO spot market pursuant to the terms of the Electric Supply Agreement with O&R.
However, for each 12-month period during the plan (e.g. June 2019 - May 2020, and June 2020 - May 2021), Pike County would hedge a portion of default service load using a fixed price financial hedge. The amount of load subject to the financial hedge was redacted in the settlement. Only supply services will be hedged, not capacity or ancillary services
Under the settlement, the hedging will be subject to various pricing thresholds and protections. If bids are not within a certain threshold, Pike will not accept them and will try to procure the hedge again within those parameters. The specific threshold was redacted.
Further details concerning the hedging and Price to Compare rate design can be found in our prior story (click here)
As previously reported, the settlement also requires a retail market collaborative to address various operational challenges in the Pike service area, with various interim measures also included.