PUC "Not Convinced" At This Time Supplier Consolidated Billing Will Benefit Customers, Directs Inclusion In New Grid Modernization Workgroup
May 27, 2020 Email This Story Copyright 2010-20 EnergyChoiceMatters.com
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The New Hampshire PUC issued an order in its investigation into grid modernization which, among other things, addressed supplier consolidated billing
A Staff Report recommended that a benefit-cost analysis of "consolidated billing," where third party retail electric suppliers are responsible for the billing and collection of distribution utility costs, be completed before any commitment is made to provide consolidated billing. Staff suggested that parties could also explore third party (non-utility, non-competitive supplier) billing.
In the PUC's order, the term "consolidated billing" is used to refer to consolidated billing by a non-utility entity (as opposed to utility consolidated billing)
The PUC said, "Based on our review of the filings we are not convinced at this time that consolidated billing opportunities will benefit New Hampshire ratepayers."
The PUC directed that a newly created Grid Modernization Stakeholder Group (GMSG) shall examine the approximate costs, any quantifiable benefits, and use cases that might be associated with consolidated billing prior to any further Commission evaluation of opportunities related to consolidated billing in New Hampshire.
Concerning other issues of note to the retail market, the PUC affirmed that customer data issues shall be addressed in Docket No. DE 19-197