PECO Seeks Approval For Measures That Would Result In Additional Customers On CAP (Ineligible To Take Competitive Retail Electric Supply)
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PECO Energy Company petitioned the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission for expedited
approval of several temporary universal service measures, "designed to address the current
economic hardships faced by low-income customers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and
provide additional opportunities for electric usage reduction."
Among the proposals are measures that would result in additional customers being included in the Company's Customer Assistance Program (CAP).
CAP customers are ineligible to take service from a competitive retail electric supplier.
Specifically, PECO proposes to waive certain CAP enrollment and recertification requirements
through December 1, 2020, in order to facilitate, "the prompt receipt and continuation of CAP benefits by
First, the Company proposes to temporarily waive the requirement that a customer
supply written income documentation and instead accept income information that can be
provided verbally by a customer during the CAP enrollment or recertification process.
Each customer enrolled or recertified in CAP under this expedited process will be
asked to provide written income documentation six months after the enrollment or
recertification. If a customer enrolled under the expedited process is receiving pre-program
arrearage (PPA) forgiveness, but is no longer eligible for CAP after the six-month
recertification, the customer will be offered a payment agreement for his or her remaining PPA
Second, the Company proposes to temporarily waive the requirement that high-usage
customers participate in PECO’s Low-Income Usage
Reduction Program (LIURP). At the time of the six-month recertification, if
customers remain on CAP, they will be required to begin participation in LIURP.
PECO estimates that this expedited process will facilitate approximately 5,000
additional enrollments and recertifications and result in additional CAP benefits totaling $1.3
million in 2020.
In order to manage costs, the Company proposes to limit the number of
enrollments and recertifications processed under the expedited process to 22,000 (20% of current
CAP enrollment). Under this maximum enrollment scenario, the additional CAP costs would be
$5.8 million for 2020.