PUC Staff Makes Recommendation On Utility's Proposed Voluntary Carbon Offset Product (Utility With Active Choice Program)
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Staff of the PUC Ohio have filed a report on Columbia Gas of Ohio's rate case that includes a recommendation on a proposed voluntary carbon offset product proposed to be offered by Columbia Gas
As proposed, the Carbon Reduction Rider would be available to all customers (including shopping customers) billed by Columbia under rate schedules SGS, SGSS, GS, GSS, LGS, and LGSS, and would be an opt-in additional charge of $5.00 per month, to fund the purchase of carbon offsets
Of the proposed Tariff Sheet No. 80, Carbon Reduction Rider, PUCO Staff said, "Staff is generally supportive of the concept of a carbon offset program. However, Staff does not believe that a new rider is necessary to implement the program. Staff recommends that the Company implement
the program as a non-regulated service under the existing 'OPTIONAL SERVICES' tariff."
Although Staff did not specifically cite a tariff sheet for the existing Optional Services tariff, Columbia's existing tariff states, concerning optional services, under its rules and regulations for distribution (Sheet No. 44), the following: "Company may provide optional services to Large General, General, or Small General Transportation Service
Customers as specified in the applicable rate schedules."
"Staff further recommends that any uncollectible accounts receivable associated with the optional service be ineligible for recovery through the Uncollectible Expense Rider, since it is not related to distribution service," Staff said