RESA Seeks Extension For Supplier Compliance With Certain Orders From Supplier Summary Information Decision
January 14, 2019 Email This Story Copyright 2010-19 EnergyChoiceMatters.com
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The Retail Energy Supply Association petitioned the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority for an extension of time for electric suppliers to comply with Orders 1 and 2 of the Authority’s December 19, 2018 decision concerning Supplier Summary Rate information and requirements (Docket 14-07-19RE05)
In the Decision, the Authority required that, by January 16, 2019, electric suppliers identify to the electric distribution companies ("EDCs") all of their residential accounts as either incidental residential accounts ("IRAs") or non-IRAs to facilitate interim reporting by the EDCs as required by the Decision ("Order 1").
RESA said that Order 1 did not identify what information the suppliers are specifically required to provide to the EDCs or to whom or in what form the information is to be provided.
During workgroup meetings to implement the decision, RESA said that the EDCs have indicated that they simply require that each supplier provide the number of IRAs and the EDCs will incorporate this information into their reports to the Authority. Suppliers have expressed concern that, because of differences in timing of the information to be provided to the Authority, this approach will likely lead to inaccurate information being reported to the Authority. Specifically, if suppliers report the number of IRAs on the first of each month, by the time the EDCs run the sync lists to obtain the information for the remainder of the report on the fourth business day of the month, the information will already be stale. As a consequence, the interim reports will not resolve the issues that prevented prior reports from accurately reporting supplier compliance, RESA said
"As a result of this issue, as of today, suppliers still do not have sufficient information about what information they will be required to provide to the EDCs to comply with Order 1. Furthermore, once the issue is resolved, suppliers will need to gather the data in a manner that satisfies the required parameters, validate it, and develop, implement and test their systems to ensure the information can timely and accurately be communicated to the EDCs each month. Accordingly, RESA requests that the Authority grant suppliers an extension of time of thirty (30) days from the date that the parameters of the information suppliers are required to provide to the EDCs to comply with Order 1 have been established," RESA said
In the Decision, the Authority also required that, by January 16, 2019, electric suppliers submit the Contract Type (i.e., fixed or variable) for any current customer or enrollment for which they have not done so and review the contract Type that has been submitted to the EDCs to assure that the contract Type has been accurately reported and provide the EDCs with updated information where necessary ("Order 2").
RESA said that, "in order for electric suppliers to 'review the contract Type that has been submitted to the EDCs to assure that the contract Type has been accurately reported, they require the sync lists from the EDCs, which are only issued twice per month. If, based on those sync lists, suppliers determine that information has not been accurately reported, they will need to provide the EDCs with updated information and then wait until each EDC issues its next sync list to ensure the information has been accurately reported."
RESA said that, "Given the impact of the intervening holidays and the time needed for suppliers to ensure they have fully complied with Order 2, RESA requests that the Authority grant suppliers a thirty day extension of time until February 15, 2019 to comply with Order 2."