Open Meeting Summaries

Summary of June 20th Open Meeting

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (Commission) approved three actions items before the Commission at its June 20th Open Meeting.

The matters include:

1. Formal Case No. 988, In the Matter of the Development of Universal Service Standards and the Universal Service Trust Fund for the District of Columbia. This Order grants Verizon Washington, DC Inc.’s (Verizon DC) Request for DC Universal Service Trust Fund (DC USTF) Funding Application for the First Quarter of 2018 for the provision of Lifeline telephone service to low-income District of Columbia customers. The Commission directs the DC USTF Administrator to reimburse Verizon DC for the $13,197.89 requested by Verizon DC for the First Quarter of 2018 within 15 days of the date of this Order.

2. Formal Case No. 1125, In the Matter of the Promotion of the Utility Discount Programs. This Order approves the District Department of Energy and Environment’s (DOEE) Invoices for the Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2018 for the payment of Utility Discount Program administrative expenses. The District of Columbia Universal Service Trust Fund is directed to pay $6,873.17; Potomac Electric Power Company is directed to pay $30,370.07; Washington Gas Light Company is directed to pay $28,921.17; and DC Water is directed to pay $28,971.17 to DOEE within 15 days of the date of this Order.

3. Formal Case No. 1119, The Joint Application of Exelon Corporation, Pepco Holdings, Inc., Potomac Electric Power Company, Exelon Energy Delivery Company, LLC, and New Special Purpose Entity, LLC, for Authorization and Approval of Proposed Merger Transaction; Formal Case No. 1017, In the Matter of the Development and Designation of Standard Offer Service In the District of Columbia; Peppor, Potomac Electric Power Company’s Purchase of Receivables Program. This Order grants in part Potomac Electric Power Company’s (Pepco) Motion for Approval to Recover Costs Related to Forgiven Arrearages (Motion) as it relates only to soliciting comments on Pepco’s cost recovery proposal of Arrearage Management Program (AMP) expenses. Copies of Pepco’s Motion may be obtained as laid out in this Order. The Commission solicits comments and reply comments from interested persons on Pepco’s Arrearage Management Program Cost Recovery Proposal within 30 and 45 days of the date of this Order. 
 

Summary of June 13th Open Meeting

Today, there are four action items before the Commission.

The matters are:

1. Formal Case No. 1151, In the Matter of the Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 on the Existing Distribution Service Rates and Charges for Potomac Electric Power Company and Washington Gas Light Company. This Order admits into the record in this proceeding the Responses to Commission Staff Data Requests of Washington Gas Light Company as described in this Order.

2. Formal Case No. 1150, In the Matter of the Application of Potomac Electric Power Company for Authority to Increase Existing Retail Rates and Charges for Electric Distribution Service and Formal Case No. 1151, In the Matter of the Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 on the Existing Distribution Service Rates and Charges for Potomac Electric Power Company and Washington Gas Light Company. This Order grants the Motion to Stipulate to the Admission of Written Testimony and Exhibits into the Record filed by the Potomac Electric Power Company on June 1, 2018. The Commission also admits into the record several responses to Commission Staff Data Requests as described in this Order.

3. PEPRADR 2018-01, In the Matter of Potomac Electric Power Company’s Residential Aid Discount Compliance Reports and Filings. This Notice of Final Tariff (“Notice”) approves the Potomac Electric Power Company’s (“Pepco”) Rider Residential Aid Discount Surcharge. Pepco’s Rider Update is effective upon publication of this Notice in the D.C. Register.

4. GT2017-02, In the Matter of the Application of Washington Gas Light Company for Authority to add Rate Schedule No. 7 and Formal Case No. 1137, In the Matter of the Application of Washington Gas Light Company for Authority to Increase Existing Rates and Charges for Gas Service. This Notice of Final Tariff (“Notice”) approves Washington Gas Light Company’s High Load Factor Rate Proposal for Combined Heat and Power and Distributed Generation facilities in the District of Columbia (“High Load Factor Rate Tariff”). The High Load Factor Rate Tariff will become effective upon publication of this Notice in the D.C. Register.
 

Summary of June 6th Open Meeting

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (Commission) approved four actions items before the Commission at its June 7th Open Meeting.

The matters include:

1. Consumer Complaint 2017-9075230 – Gerald Henneghan v. Potomac Electric Power Company. This Order denies the Petition for Reconsideration of Commission Order No. 19342 filed by Gerald Henneghan
 

Summary of May 23rd Open Meeting

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (Commission) approved four actions items before the Commission at its May 23rd Open Meeting.

The matters include:

1. Formal Case No. 1142, In the Matter of the Merger of AltaGas Ltd. and WGL Holdings, Inc. On May 8, 2018, AltaGas Ltd., WGL Holdings, Inc., and Washington Gas Light Company (Settling Parties) filed a Consent Motion to Reopen the Record in Formal Case No. 1142 to Allow for Consideration of Unanimous Full Settlement Agreement and Stipulation and to Waive Public Interest Hearing on Proposed Settlement. This Order grants the request to reopen the record in this proceeding to permit consideration of the Settlement Agreement contained in the Consent Motion. However, the Commission holds in abeyance the request to waive the hearing required by Section 130.11 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure. The Settling Parties’ proposed procedural schedule is adopted with the exception of the public interest hearing date. The Commission tentatively schedules a public interest hearing on June 13, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. in the Commission hearing room for the purpose of considering whether the Settlement Agreement proffered in this proceeding is in the public interest. The Commission also schedules a community hearing on June 13, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. to receive input from the public on the Settlement Agreement. Unless the parties are informed otherwise, the June 13th hearings will proceed as scheduled. Interested persons who are not parties to this proceeding may submit written comments or statements regarding the proposed Settlement Agreement to Brinda Westbrook-Sedgwick, Commission Secretary, Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia, 1325 G Street, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20005, or by email at Psccommissionsecretary@dc.gov on or before June 18, 2018, when the record in this proceeding will close.  

2. Formal Case No. 1151, In the Matter of the Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 on the Existing Distribution Service Rates and Charges for Potomac Electric Power Company and Washington Gas Light Company. This Order grants the request to waive the hearing required by Section 130.11 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure in the Joint Motion for Approval of the Unanimous Agreement of Stipulation and Full Settlement filed by Washington Gas Light Company (“WGL”), the Office of the People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia, the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington and the Small Business Utility Advocates. The Commission invites all persons interested in commenting on WGL’s proposed Settlement Agreement to submit written comments no later than the close of business, June 18, 2018.

3. Electric Tariff 00-2, In the Matter of Potomac Electric Power Company’s Public Occupancy Surcharge Electricity Tariff, P.S.C.-D.C. No. 1. This Notice of Final Tariff approves the Potomac Electric Power Company’s updated Rider Public Space Occupancy Surcharge effective with meter readings on and after March 1, 2018 and officially upon publication of this Notice of Final Tariff in the D.C. Register. 

4. Telephone Application 2012-04, In the Matter of the Notification of a Pro Forma Change in Intermediate Ownership and Control of PEG Bandwidth DC, LLC. This Order accepts PEG Bandwidth DC, LLC’s 2 notification to the Commission of its intra-corporate pro forma change of ownership and control. The Commission shall undertake no further review of the transaction for lack of Commission jurisdiction.
 

Summary of May 4th Open Meeting

The proposed agenda for the Commission Open Meeting was posted in the Commission’s Secretary Office and on the Commission’s website on Monday, April 30, 2018, and amended Tuesday, May 1, 2018, rescheduling the Open Meeting to Friday, May 4, 2018, and proposed to be further amended to remove Formal Case No. 1142 from the agenda. The Commission received a motion at 10:43 a.m. to hold the proceeding in abeyance. The Commission will take the motion under advisement and will remove this matter from the agenda. 

Today, there are two action items before the Commission.

The matters are:

1. Formal Case No. 1150, In the Matter of the Application of Potomac Electric Power Company for Authority to Increase Existing Retail Rates and Charges for Electric Distribution Service and Formal Case No. 1151, In the Matter of the Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 on the Existing Distribution Service Rates and Charges for Potomac Electric Power Company and Washington Gas Light Company. This Order grants the Joint Motion to Suspend the Procedural Schedules in Formal Case Nos. 1150 and 1151 filed by the Potomac Electric Power Company (“Pepco”), the Office of the People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia, the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington, the District of Columbia Government, the Maryland DC Virginia Solar Energy Industry Association, D.C. Climate Action, BaltimoreWashington Construction and Public Employees Laborers’ District Council, Tesla, Inc., Small Business Utility Advocates, and DC Consumer Utility Board and Solar United Neighbors. The Commission also adopts the revised procedural schedule set out in this Order and grants Pepco’s Motion to Withdraw Filing[s] and Consolidates Formal Case Nos. 1150 and 1151.

2. Consumer Complaint 2017-9075230, Gerald Henneghan v. Potomac Electric Power Company. This Order affirms the Hearing Officer’s March 8, 2018, decision dismissing this case with prejudice. Any party affected by this decision may file a request for reconsideration within 30 days of the issuance of the decision
 

Summary of April 18th Open Meeting

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (Commission) approved five actions items before the Commission at its April 18 th Open Meeting.

The matters include: 

1. Formal Case No. 1115, Application of Washington Gas Light Company for Approval of a Revised Accelerated Pipe Replacement Program. This Order grants Washington Gas Light Company’s (“WGL”) request for authorization to increase the Liberty Consulting Group’s contract by $45,740. The Commission also directs WGL to modify the scope of the PROJECTpipes management audit to include Years 3 and 4 (to date) of the program, and to file a cost estimate to facilitate the modification of the scope of the management audit within 10 days of the date of this Order.

2. Formal Case No. 1126, In the Matter of the Office of the People’s Counsel’s Complaint Against Washington Gas Light Company Regarding the Unlawful Compensation of Competitive Service Providers in Violation of its Rate Schedule Number 5. This Order grants the proposals for the disbursement of the remaining funds directed by Order No. 18505 to be refunded to ratepayers filed by Washington Gas Light Company (“WGL”) and the Office of the People’s Counsel and directs WGL to disburse $261,094.50 to the Washington Area Fuel Fund and $261,094.50 to the Greater Washington Urban League for the benefit of District of Columbia residential low-income natural gas heating customers. WGL shall disburse the funds within 15 days from the date of this Order. Formal Case No. 1126 shall be closed 10 days from the date of the confirmation disbursement filing unless an objection is otherwise filed. 

3. Formal Case No. 1133, Washington Gas Light Company’s Application for Approval of Special Contracts. This Order approves Washington Gas Light Company’s (“WGL”) Application for Approval of Special Contracts for the U.S. General Services Administration accounts for the Architect of the Capitol and for the Central Heating Plant. This Order also grants the Apartment and Office Building Association’s Motion for Leave to Submit Comments and WGL’s Motion to File Reply Comments.

4. Formal Case No. 1027, In the Matter of the Emergency Petition of the Office of the People’s Counsel for an Expedited Investigation of the Distribution System of Washington Gas Light Company; GT97-3, In the Matter of the Application of Washington Gas Light Company for Authority to Amend its Rate Schedule No. 6; and GT06-1, In the Matter of the Application of Washington Gas Light Company for Authority to Amend General Service Provision No. 23. This Order addresses the Commission’s review of Washington Gas Light Company’s (“WGL”) Annual Report on the Vintage Mechanical Coupling Encapsulation and Replacement Program. Since the Program is now complete, the Commission terminates the reporting requirements directed in this proceeding. The Commission also informs the parties that issues involving the recovery of the costs for the Program will be addressed in WGL’s next rate case.

5. TA 04-1, In the Matter of the Application of Starpower Communications, LLC d/b/a RCN to Partially Abandon Service. This Order grants the Application of Starpower Communications, LLC d/b/a RCN for the 2 partial abandonment of its local exchange services in the District of Columbia. The approval of the Application shall take effect immediately upon the issuance of this Order.
 

Summary of April 4th Open Meeting

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (Commission) six action items before the Commission.

The matters include:

1. Formal Case No. 988, In the Matter of the Development of Universal Service Standards and the Universal Service Trust Fund for the District of Columbia. This Order grants Verizon Washington, DC Inc.’s (Verizon DC) Request for DC Universal Service Trust Fund (DC USTF) Funding Application for the Fourth Quarter of 2017 for the provision of Lifeline telephone service to low-income District of Columbia customers. The Commission directs the DC USTF Administrator to reimburse Verizon DC for the $13,999.26 requested by Verizon DC for the Fourth Quarter of 2017 within 15 days of the date of this Order.

2. Formal Case No. 988, In the Matter of the Development of Universal Service Standards and the Universal Service Trust Fund for the District of Columbia. This Order amends the calendar year 2018 budget for the District of Columbia Universal Service Trust Fund approved in Order No. 19162. By this Order the Commission increases the line item for the Consumer Education Program from $25,000 to $40,668.48. 

3. Formal Case No. 1017, In the Matter of the Development and Designation of Standard Offer Service in the District of Columbia. This Notice of Final Tariff approves the Potomac Electric Power Company’s tariff amendment that updates the Company’s Rate Schedules for Electric Service in the District of Columbia. This tariff amendment will become effective upon publication of this Notice of Final Tariff in the D.C. Register and shall be reflected in the billing cycle beginning May 1, 2018.

4. Formal Case No. 1125, In the Matter of the Promotion of the Utility Discount Programs. This Order approves the District Department of Energy and Environment’s (DOEE) Invoices for the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2018 for the payment of Utility Discount Program administrative expenses. The District of Columbia Universal Service Trust Fund is directed to pay $1,872.50; Potomac Electric Power Company is directed to pay $26,412.45; Washington Gas Light Company is directed to pay $26,412.45; and DC Water is directed to pay $26,471.14 to DOEE within 15 days of the date of this Order.

5. Formal Case No. 1125, In the Matter of the Promotion of the Utility Discount Programs. This Order reviews the Annual Report of the Utility Discount Program Education Working Group (UDPE WG) for Fiscal Year 2017 filed by the Department of Energy and Environment. The Commission also grants the UDPE WG’s Motion to Accept its 2017 Annual Report Out of Time.

6. Formal Case No. 1125, In the Matter of the Promotion of the Utility Discount Programs. This reviews the Response of the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) to Order No. 19092. The Commission approves the Utility Discount Program Education Working Group’s (UDPE WG) Non-unanimous Proposed FY 2018 Utility Discount Program (UDP) administrative budget. The Commission sets the FY 2018 UDP administrative budget at $528,341.58 and adds $40,668.48 to the Consumer Education Program (CEP) budget. 2 The Commission directs DOEE to continue its monthly reports and to continue to provide the UDPE WG with a proposed UDP administrative budget and CEP budget for the next fiscal year by June 30, 2018. The Commission also grants DOEE’s Motion to File its Response to Order No. 19092 Out of Time. The Commission directs its staff to work with DOEE on developing an agreement for FY 2019 that will specifically identify the services that DOEE will provide for UDP and CEP administration as well as the costs for these services. 
 

Summary of March 7th Open Meeting

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (Commission) approved four actions items before the Commission at its March 7th Open Meeting.

The matters include:

1. Formal Case No. 977, In the Matter of the Investigation into the Quality of Service of Washington Gas Light Company, District of Columbia Division, in the District of Columbia. This Order accepts Washington Gas Light Company’s (WGL) Natural Gas Quality of Service Standards Annual Report for Calendar Year 2017 and grants WGL’s Request for Waiver of Commission Rules §§ 3702.2, 3704.3 and 3704.8.

2. Formal Case No. 988, In the Matter of the Development of Universal Service Standards and the Universal Service Trust Fund for the District of Columbia. This Order and Notice of Final Tariff approves Verizon Washington, DC Inc.’s Application proposing its District of Columbia Universal Service Trust Fund 2018 surcharge. The 2018 surcharge tariff shall become effective upon publication of a Notice of Final Tariff in the D.C. Register. 
3. Formal Case No. 1017, In the Matter of the Development and Designation of Standard Offer Service in the District of Columbia. This Order approves the Potomac Electric Power Company’s (Pepco) revised proposed retail rates, including the administrative charges, for Standard Offer Service (SOS); grants Pepco’s Motion for Enlargement of Time to File 2018-2019 SOS Retail Rates; and accepts Pepco’s proposed retail rates, as well as Pepco’s revised proposed retail SOS rates filed, including administrative charges, into the record. Pepco shall file a revised tariff setting forth the new retail rates for SOS within seven calendar days of the date of this Order. The new rates shall become effective on June 1, 2018.

4. Formal Case No. 1150, In the Matter of the Application of Potomac Electric Power Company for Authority to Increase Existing Retail Rates and Charges for Electric Distribution Service and Formal Case No. 1151, In the Matter of the Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 on the Existing Distribution Service Rates and Charges for Potomac Electric Power Company and Washington Gas Light Company. This Order grants the Motion for Abeyance filed by the Potomac Electric Power Company and its Motion to Waive the Issues List; grants the Motion for Leave to Respond to Order No. 19263 filed by the Office of the People’s Counsel and accepts its Response into the record of this proceeding. Response times to discovery requests are revised as set forth in this Order, and the procedural schedule attached to this Order is adopted in the event there is no settlement agreement.

5. Formal Case No. 1151 – Order regarding the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington’s Application for Reconsideration or Clarification of Order No. 19247.
 

Summary of February 21st Open Meeting

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (Commission) approved six actions items before the Commission at its February 21st Open Meeting.

The matters include:

1. Formal Case No. 1150, In the Matter of the Application of Potomac Electric Power Company for Authority to Increase Existing Retail Rates and Charges for Electric Distribution Service. This Order grants the Petitions to Intervene of the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington, DC Climate Action, the DC Consumer Utility Board and Solar Untied Neighbors of DC, the District of Columbia Government, the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, the Healthcare Council of the National Capital Area, the Laborers’ International Union of North America, the Maryland DC Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association, the Small Business Utility Advocates (“SBUA”), Tesla, Inc., and the U.S. General Services Administration. The Commission also grants SBUA’s Motion for Special Appearance of Out-of-State Attorneys.

2. Formal Case No. 1151, In the Matter of the Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 on the Existing Distribution Service Rates and Charges for Potomac Electric Power Company and Washington Gas Light Company. This Order grants the Petitions to Intervene of the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington, the Healthcare Council of the National Capital Area, the U.S. General Services Administration, the Small Business Utility Advocates (“SBUA”), and the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority. Intervenors are entitled to participate fully in this proceeding. The Commission also grants SBUA’s Motion for Special Appearance of Out-of-State Attorneys.
 

Summary of February 14th Open Meeting

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (Commission) approved six actions items before the Commission at its February 14 th Open Meeting.

The matters include:

1. Formal Case No. 1130, In the Matter of the Investigation into Modernizing the Energy Delivery System for Increased Sustainability. This Order adopts the modernizing the distribution energy delivery system for increased sustainability (“MEDSIS”) Vision Statement at Attachment A of this Order and establishes the process for soliciting and retaining a MEDSIS consultant to be paid from a portion of the Formal Case No. 1130 MEDSIS Pilot Project Fund.

2. Formal Case No. 1144, In the Matter of the Potomac Electric Power Company’s Notice to Construct Two 230 kV Underground Circuits from the Takoma Substation to the Rebuilt Harvard Substation and From the Rebuilt Harvard Substation to the Rebuilt Champlain Substation. This Order directs the Potomac Electric Power Company (“Pepco”) to refile its NOC-1, combined with NOC-2, as a single new comprehensive Capital Grid Application (“Capital Grid Application”) within 60 days from the date of the Order. Pepco is directed to include in its Capital Grid Application the information requested in this Order. Interested persons are invited to provide comments and reply comments within 90 and 120 days, respectively, from the date of Pepco’s Capital Grid Application filing. In line with this procedural schedule, the Commission will hold in abeyance the Office of the People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia’s request for an evidentiary hearing and the requests for intervention status until Pepco submits its Capital Grid Application. 

3. Formal Case No. TA 10-2, In the Matter of the Joint Application of MassComm, Inc. d/b/a Mass Communications and Windstream Holdings, Inc. for Approval to Transfer Control of MassComm, Inc. This Order dismisses the Joint Application of MassComm, Inc. d/b/a Mass Communications (“MassComm”) and Windstream Holdings, Inc. (“Windstream”) for approval to transfer indirect control of MassComm to Windstream for lack of Commission jurisdiction.

4. TT00-5, In the Matter of Verizon Washington, DC Inc.’s Public Occupancy Surcharge General Regulations Tariff, P.S.C.-D.C. No. 201. This Order and Notice of Final Tariff approves the Rights-of-Way Compliance Filing for the Surcharge Rider of Verizon Washington, DC Inc. (“Verizon DC”) for 2017. Verizon DC’s Rights-of-Way Compliance Filing for 2017 shall be effective upon the publication of the Notice of Final Tariff in the D.C. Register.