PECO Withdraws Prepay Plan From Pa. PUC Consideration
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PECO has withdrawn its proposed prepay pilot program from the Pennsylvania PUC
As previously reported, the PUC had conditioned approval of the prepay pilot on several modifications, and directed a further process to develop a modified proposal
As first reported by EnergyChoiceMatters.com, retail suppliers had objected to the prepay pilot, and an ALJ had recommended denial of the pilot, as the ALJ had concluded that PECO's proposed pilot, due to barriers to the EGS-customer relationship and different access provided to the utility versus retail suppliers, "inhibits [the] competitive market."
PECO noted that under the process set forth by the PUC, PECO's modified Prepay Plan thus would next come before the Commission
for further Commission evaluation in approximately October 2020. At some point thereafter, the
Commission would issue an Order approving, denying, or further modifying PECO's modified
Prepay Plan. After the Commission issues that subsequent additional Order regarding the modified
Prepay Plan, if a party is still aggrieved, that party would have access to the appeal process of the
Commonwealth Court, likely through 2021 or into 2022.
PECO said that, "After more than three years of litigation in this docket, PECO believes that, even with the
modifications required by the Commission's December 19, 2019 Opinion and Order, substantial
disagreement remains between PECO and the interested parties as to whether, and in what form, a
Prepay Plan should proceed. PECO thus anticipates that, even after good faith collaboration, it is
likely that the Prepay Plan would continue to be litigated for the foreseeable future."
"PECO has concluded that it should not further tax
the resources of the Commission, PECO, and the interested parties to pursue a Prepay Plan at this time," PECO said