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PSC Proposes New Rule Requiring Retail Suppliers To Report On Contracts Exempt From New Higher RPS Requirements

May 6, 2019

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Copyright 2010-19 EnergyChoiceMatters.com
Reporting by Paul Ring • ring@energychoicematters.com

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The District of Columbia PSC has issued proposed rule changes to implement recent revisions to the RPS law, including a new reporting requirement concerning contracts exempt from any RPS increases.

The proposed amendments to Subsection 2901.5 require electricity suppliers to report information regarding:

(a) their energy supply contracts that were executed prior to the October 8, 2016, effective date of the Renewable Portfolio Standard Expansion Amendment Act of 2016 and are not, therefore, subject to the increased solar compliance fees pursuant to that Act in their annual RPS compliance reports; and

(b) their energy supply contracts that were executed prior to the March 22, 2019, effective date of the Clean Energy Act and are not, therefore, subject to the increased Tier One and Solar Energy standards pursuant to that Act in their annual RPS compliance reports.

Specifically, the proposal would provide that, for Compliance Years 2018,2019,2020, and 2021, suppliers RPS reports shall include:

(1) The number of the energy supply contract's that were executed prior to October 8, 2016, the effective date of the Renewable Portfolio Standard Expansion Amendment Act of 2016 (RPSEAA) (D.C. Official Code§ 34-1434)

(2) The length of each such energy supply contract

(3) The amount of electricity sold pursuant to each such energy supply contract for the current Compliance Year and an estimate of the amount of electricity to be sold pursuant to each such energy supply contract for each Compliance Year through 2021. However, no estimates shall be required for inclusion in the compliance report for Compliance Year 2021

For Compliance Years 2019, 2020, and 2021, suppliers shall also include the number of the energy supply contracts that were executed prior to March 22, 2019, the effective date of the CleanEnergy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018 (CleanEnergy Act) (D.C. Law 22-257), and the following information regarding such contracts:

(1) The length of each such energy supply contract

(2) The amount of electricity sold pursuant to each such energy supply contract for the Compliance Year that is the subject of the compliance report being filed and an estimate of the amount of electricity to be sold pursuant to each such energy supply contract for each Compliance Year through 2021. However, no estimates shall be required for inclusion in the compliance report for Compliance Year 2021

(3) For the year following the Compliance Year that is the subject of each compliance report being filed, an estimate of the amount of Compliance Fees to be paid

Subsection 2901.12 has been revised to reflect that energy supply contracts executed prior to the effective date of the CleanEnergy Act are not subject to the increased Tier One and Solar Energy standards.

Subsection 2902.16 has been revised to extend the three hundred dollars ($300) compliance fee for each Renewable Energy Credit (REC) shortfall for solar energy sources from §§ 2029 through 2032 to 2029 through 2041 and provides for a one hundred-dollar ($100) compliance fee for each REC shortfall for solar energy sources in § 2042 and thereafter consistent with the Act.

The proposed amendments to Subsection 2901.7 change the deadline from April 1 to the period October 1 to November 1 for the submission of annual compliance fees.

RM29-2019-01

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