PSC Creating New Electric Choice Shopping Website, Rate Board; Launch Window Set
PSC Orders Utility To Develop Time Of Use Pilot Limited To SOS Customers
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In a final decision in its Modernizing the Energy Delivery System for Increased Sustainability (MEDSIS) proceeding (Power Path DC), the District of Columbia PSC endorsed the Staff recommendation for a new retail electric choice shopping website, and has already begun work on the site
Staff had recommended development of a site to house up-to-date competitive energy supplier offers as well as energy education material that would aid customers in evaluating offers
The PSC said that it took subsequent action, using its general funds, to begin development of the retail electric choice microsite in 2019.
"The Commission believes this new enhanced interactive site will give District residents
the flexibility to review current supplier offers by using the microsite’s interactive
calculators, comparison tools, toggles, and graphs. The Commission’s goal is to make
the energy retail choice shopping experience effective and user friendly," the PSC said
will be integrated with the Commission’s existing website and will be branded as the
official site to shop for suppliers’ offers. Through this integration process, competitive
energy suppliers will have the opportunity to log-in to update their offers as frequently as
they deem necessary. Energy suppliers will have an offer submission form that will
contain among other things their rate schedules (fixed or variable), offer price per kWh
(allowing up to 15 individual offers per supplier), contract length, renewable energy fuel
mix, related fees, offer details (to include promotional offers and introductory rates),
terms of service, and a sign-up link," the PSC said
A Design Component for the site is currently underway, with a technical component beginning in February 2020. Testing and deployment is scheduled for the 2nd quarter of 2020, with a kickoff marketing campaign also scheduled for the 2nd quarter of 2020
The PSC directed that, "a marketing campaign be included to guide and educate consumers on how to evaluate
competitive energy supplier offers and use the microsite."
The PSC said that meeting various energy policy goals, "will require new rate design solutions that
include among other proposals, dynamic pricing and time-of-use rates."
Among other things, the PSC directed Pepco to prepare
a pilot residential time-of-use (TOU) rate proposal, within 45 days, and file it with the Commission.
To speed development of a TOU pilot rate, Pepco
should assume participants are limited to Standard Offer Service customers, and do not
have electric vehicles or behind-the-meter generation, the PSC said
The PSC is also reconvening the Rate Design Working Group
(RDWG) that, "will be responsible for a holistic evaluation and assessment of current
rate designs in the District and other jurisdictions in order to propose best practice rate
design solutions identified above including a new residential Dynamic Pricing program."
Stakeholders interested in becoming RDWG members are directed to notify the
Commission Secretary within 14 days. The Commission Staff
will convene the RDWG meetings by notice within 60 days of the date of this Order.
Concerning microgrid ownership, the PSC did not adjudicate the matter in its order, but rather, the PSC will open a new docket to further investigate: microgrid
ownership and operation structures; business models and value propositions; benefits and
costs of microgrids; the different microgrid variances which lead to appropriate microgrid
classifications; and regulatory treatments
The PSC reiterated that it, "has the authority
to regulate microgrids if we determined they are acting within the definition of a public