Regulator Grants Extension, Clarifies Several Parts Of Retail Supplier Summary Information Order
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In response to a previously reported motion from the Retail Energy Supply Association, the Connecticut PURA has granted an extension to certain deadlines included in its recent Supply Summary Information order ("Decision"), and clarified certain directives
In the Decision, the Authority had 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").
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").
In response to a RESA motion concerning Order 1, PURA said that the Authority notes that the issue regarding Order No. 1 compliance data was raised during the January 9, 2019, technical meeting in the aforementioned docket. Specifically, participants sought clarity on what they viewed as a discrepancy between the text on page 15 and Order No. 1 of the December 19, 2018 Decision. The text on page 15 states, 'To facilitate interim compliance, suppliers must provide the EDCs with the number of IRAs on a monthly basis...' [Emphasis added]. Order No. 1 itself states that 'suppliers shall identify to the EDCs all residential accounts as being IRA or non-IRA to facilitate interim reporting by the EDCs as discussed in Section IV.B.' [Emphasis added]. Participants questioned whether suppliers were required to submit IRA account numbers to the electric distribution companies as part of their compliance with Order No. 1.
PURA in a January 15 ruling said that, "The Authority clarifies that Order No. 1 requires suppliers to report the number of incidental residential accounts that are being served and to report this information monthly to the EDCs, not identify specific accounts as being IRA or non-IRA."
"Order Nos. 1 and 2 require that suppliers submit data to the EDCs on or before January 16, 2019. Order No. 1 requires ongoing monthly filings, while Order No. 2 is a one-time report. The Authority hereby grants an extension to February 6, 2019, to comply with Order Nos. 1 and 2. Suppliers will then continue to submit the number of IRAs to the EDCs on or before the sixth of each month," PURA said
"As further clarification, among the month-end data that is submitted to the Authority by the EDCs under Docket No. 06-10-22, PURA Monitoring the State of Competition in the Electric Industry is a report of the number of residential and business customers served by each supplier. As discussed at the Technical Meeting, the EDCs will add a column to this report and provide the number of IRAs reported by each supplier. Therefore, the Authority anticipates that suppliers will provide month-end data. The IRA data submitted by February 6, 2019 must reflect January 2019 month-end data," PURA said
"Regarding the need for a sync list to verify the number of IRAs, the Authority reminds RESA that only the supplier can identify each IRA and therefore must manage this information. See Decision at pp. 14 and 28. The Authority anticipates that suppliers should be able to provide a number of IRAs served without the need for a sync list. Further, the Authority reminds RESA that the Decision also states that 'suppliers must ... be prepared to support any claim regarding their IRAs when questioned by the Authority.' Decision, p. 15. Suppliers will be provided an opportunity to reconcile any slight discrepancy between a reported number of IRAs and an actual count," PURA said