Open Meeting Summaries

Summary of March 13th Open Meeting

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (Commission) approved 11 actions items before the Commission at its March 13, 2019 Open Meeting.

The matters include:

1. Formal Case No. 712, In the Matter of the Investigation into the Public Service Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure. This Order delegates authority to the Office of Technical and Regulatory Analysis to approve Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard applications.

2. Formal Case No. 950, In the Matter of the Investigation into the Payment Center Operations of Verizon Washington, DC Inc. This Order modifies the requirements regarding Verizon’s Authorized Payment Locations as described in this Order.

3. 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. The first Order grants Verizon’s Request for DC Universal Service Trust Fund Funding Application for the Fourth Quarter of 2018.

4. 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. The second Order approves Verizon’s Application proposing its District of Columbia Universal Service Trust Fund 2019 surcharge. The 2019 surcharge tariff shall become effective upon publication of a Notice of Final Tariff in the D.C. Register.

5. Formal Case No. 1125, In the Matter of the Promotion of the Utility Discount Programs. The first Order reviews the Annual Report of the Utility Discount Program Education Working Group for Fiscal Year 2018 and grants the Motion to accept the report out of time.

6. Formal Case No. 1125, In the Matter of the Promotion of the Utility Discount Programs. The second Order grants the DOEE’s Motion to Reprogram Consumer Education Program Plan Funds. 1325 G Street, N.W., Suite 800 Washington, D.C., 2005 202-626-5100 * dcpsc.org.

7. Formal Case No. 1125, In the Matter of the Promotion of the Utility Discount Programs. The third Order approves DOEE’s Invoices for the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2019.

8. PEPACR-2017-01 and PEPACR-2018-01, In the Matter of the Annual Consolidated Report of the Potomac Electric Power Company. This Order accepts Pepco’s 2017 and 2018 Annual Consolidated Reports.

9. RM40-2017-01, In the Matter of 15 DCMR Chapter 40 – District of Columbia Small Generator Interconnection Rules and Formal Case No. 1050, In the Matter of the Investigation of Implementation of Interconnection Standards in the District of Columbia. This Order approves Pepco’s amended Level 1 Interconnection Agreement Change Notice.

10.RPSR-2019-01, In the Matter of Electricity Supplier 2018 Compliance Report Form for the District of Columbia Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard. This Order adopts the Electricity Supplier 2018 Compliance Report Form for the District of Columbia Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard.

11.PEPEMMR2019-01, Potomac Electric Power Company’s Electric Market Monitoring Report. This Order grants Pepco’s Motion to Suspend and/or Modify the Annual Retail Electric Choice Report to the extent set forth in this Order.
 

Summary of February 27th Open Meeting

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (Commission) approved two actions items before the Commission at its February 27, 2019 Open Meeting.

The matters include:

1. 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 revised proposed retail rates, including the administrative charges, for Standard Offer Service (“SOS”) filed January 25, 2019. Pepco shall file a revised tariff setting forth the new retail rates for SOS within seven (7) calendar days of the date of this Order.

2. Formal Case No. 1130, In the Matter of the Investigation into Modernizing the Energy Distribution System for Increased Sustainability. This Order directs the Potomac Electric Power Company to have funds in the amount of $76,904.38 disbursed from the Modernizing the Energy Deliver System for Increased Sustainability (“MEDSIS”) Pilot Project Fund Subaccount, created as a condition of the approval of the PHI-Exelon Merger, to Smart Electric Power Alliance for the provision of consulting services for Phases 1 and 2 of the MEDSIS Initiative within 15 days of the date of this Order.
 

Summary of February 6th Open Meeting

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (Commission) approved three actions items before the Commission at its February 6, 2019 Open Meeting.

The matters include:

1. Formal Case No. 1142, In the Matter of the Merger of AltaGas, Ltd. and WGL Holdings, Inc. This order holds in abeyance the Office of the People’s Counsel of the District of Columbia’s Motion to Convene a Status Conference Regarding the Financial Health of AltaGas, Ltd. and Washington Gas Light Company. The Commission will determine whether a status conference is necessary after its review of the December 2018 and First Quarter 2019 filings relating to the financial situation of AltaGas, Ltd., WGL Holdings, and Washington Gas Light Company.

2. Formal Case No. 1142, In the Matter of the Merger of AltaGas, Ltd. and WGL Holdings, Inc. This order denies the Joint Motion to Hold in Abeyance Washington Gas Light Company’s Request to Approve Consultant Under Merger Commitment No. 54 filed by Office of the People’s Counsel of the District of Columbia and the District of Columbia Government. The parties are directed to propose a candidate to perform a cost-benefit analysis for acceleration of Washington Gas’s PROJECTpipes program and minimization of future leaks to the Commission, as set forth in this Order, within 14 business days of the date of this Order.

3. Formal Case No. 712, In the Matter of the Investigation of the Public Service Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure and RM3-2014-01, Consumer Rights and Responsibilities. This Order grants Retail Energy Supply Association’s (RESA) Motion for Temporary Waiver and Delayed Implementation of certain provisions of Chapter 3, “Consumer Rights and Responsibilities,” of Title 15 ofthe District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (CBOR). The Commission hereby waives until March 1, 2019, the requirement for the Energy Suppliers to comply fully with the rules adopted by Order No. 19759 and published as final rules in the D.C. Register, on December 14, 2018. RESA shall submit a filing by March 2, 2019, affirming Energy Suppliers’ compliance with the new CBOR provisions.
 

Summary of January 23rd Open Meeting

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (Commission) approved two actions items before the Commission at its January 23, 2019 Open Meeting.

The matters include:

1. Formal Case No. 1153, In the Matter of the Potomac Electric Company’s Petition for an Investigation into the Status of Walter Reed’s Distribution System. This Order grants the Motion for Abeyance and an Expedited Ruling filed by Potomac Electric Power Company, WGL Energy Systems, Inc., WGL Energy Services, Inc., the Parks at Walter Reed Owners’ Association, Inc., TPWR Developer, LLC, and the District of Columbia Government and directs that the Formal Case No. 1153 procedural schedule be held in abeyance for 60 days from the date of this Order.

2. RM13-2018-01, In the Matter of the Commission’s Investigation into the Rules Governing Local Exchange Carrier Quality of Service Standards for the District. This Order adopts final rules amendingChapter 13, “Rules Implementing the Public Utilities Reimbursement Fee Act of 1980” of Title 15 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations.
 

Summary of January 16th Open Meeting

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (Commission) approved one actions items before the Commission at its January 16, 2019 Open Meeting.

The matters include:

1. Formal Case No. 1154, Application of Washington Gas Light Company for Approval of PROJECTpipes 2 Plan. This Order grants in part and denies in part the Office of the People’s Counsel’s (“OPC”) Motion for Enlargement of Time. The Commission grants OPC’s Motion for Enlargement of Time but denies OPC’s request for an additional 90 days to file comments and reply comments. The Commission extends the comment period an additional 60 days to March 22, 2019, and the reply comment period to April 8, 2019. 
 

Summary of January 9th Open Meeting

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (Commission) approved six actions items before the Commission at its January 9, 2019 Open Meeting.

The matters include:

1. 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 Invoices for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2018 for the payment of UDP administrative expenses.

2. Formal Case No. 1137, In the Matter of the Application of Washington Gas Light Company for Authority to Increase Rates and Charges for Gas Service; and GT2017-02, In the Matter of the Application of Washington Gas Light Company for Authority to Add Rate Schedule No. 7. This Order approves the Application of Washington Gas to amend its Rate Schedule No. 7, High Load Factor Rate Proposal for Combined Heat and Power and Distributed Generation facilities in the District of Columbia.

3. RM1-2018-01, In the Matter of the Commission’s Investigation into the Public Service Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure. This Order adopts final rules amending Chapter 1, “Public Service Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure” of Title 15 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations.

4. RM6-2018-01, In the Matter of the Commission’s Investigation into the Rules Regarding Pay Telephones. This Order adopts final rules amending Chapter 6, “Pay Telephones” of Title 15 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations.

5. RM27-2014-01, In the Matter of the Commission’s Investigation into the Rules Governing Local Exchange Carrier Quality of Service Standards for the District. This Order adopts final rules amending Chapter 27, “Regulation of Telecommunications Service Providers” of Title 15 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations.

6. RM40-2017-01, In the Matter of 15 DCMR Chapter 40 – District of Columbia Small Generator Interconnection Rules and Formal Case No. 1050, In the Matter of the Investigation of Implementation of Interconnection Standards in the District of Columbia. This Order adopts final rules amending Chapter 40, “District of Columbia Small Generator Interconnection Rules” of Title 15 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations. 
 

Summary of December 4th Open Meeting

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (Commission) approved eight actions items before the Commission at its December 4, 2018 Open Meeting.

The matters include:

1. Formal Case No. 712, In the Matter of the Investigation into the Public Service Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure. This Order delegates authority to the Office of the General Counsel to issue orders approving Consumer Pamphlets as required by Commission rules.

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 grants Verizon Washington, DC Inc.’s (“Verizon DC”) Request for DC Universal Service Trust Fund (“DC USTF”) Funding Application for the Third 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 $12,486.50 requested by Verizon DC for the Third Quarter of 2018 within 15 days of the date of this Order.

3. Formal Case No. 1017, In the Matter of the Development and Designation of Standard Offer Service in the District of Columbia. This Order grants Sierra Club’s Petition to Intervene and accepts its comments for the record.

4. Formal Case No. 1125, In the Matter of the Promotion of the Utility Discount Programs. This Order grants the unopposed Motion of the Utility Discount Program Education Working Group to Modify the FY 2019 Consumer Education Program Plan.

5. Formal Case No. 1142, In the Matter of the Merger of AltaGas Ltd. and WGL Holdings, Inc. This Order denies the Joint Motion of the Office of the People’s Counsel and the District Government Requesting the Commission Clarify that AltaGas-Washington Gas’s Merger Condition No. 54 requires an examination of the Impact of the District’s Environmental Policies on the Costs and Benefits of Accelerating the PROJECTpipes Program. Even though the Commission declines to direct Washington Gas to modify its statement of work drafted pursuant to Term No. 54 to include an evaluation of the effect of the District of Columbia’s environmental policies on the possible acceleration of PROJECTpipes, the Commission expects that consideration of environmental factors will be included in the final cost benefit analysis filed with the Commission.

6. RM3-2014-01, Consumer Rights and Responsibilities and Formal Case No. 712, In the Matter of the Investigation into the Public Service Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure. This Order adopts final rules amending Chapter 3, “Consumer Rights and Responsibilities” of Title 15 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations. The rules in Attachment A of this Order shall become effective upon publication of the Notice of Final Rulemaking in the D.C. Register.

7. RM29-2018-01, In the Matter of 15 DCMR Chapter 29-Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard. This Order adopts final rules amending Chapter 29, “Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard”, of Title 15 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations. The rules in Attachment A of this Order shall become effective upon publication of the Notice of Final Rulemaking in the D.C. Register. 

8. RM41-2017-01, District of Columbia Standard Offer Service Rules. This Order adopts final rules amending Chapter 41, “Standard Offer Service Rules” of Title 15 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations. The rules in Attachment A of this Order shall become effective nine (9) months from the publication of the Notice of Final Rulemaking in the D.C. Register. 
 

Summary of November 7th Open Meeting

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia approved fourteen action items at its November 6, 2019 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. Order No. 988 approves the 2020 calendar year District of Columbia Universal Service Trust Fund budget.

2. Formal Case No. 1115, In the Matter of the Application of Washington Gas Light Company’s Request for Approval of a Revised Accelerated Pipeline Replacement Program; Formal Case No. 1142, In the Matter of the Merger of AltaGas, Ltd. and WGL Holdings, Inc.; and Formal Case No. 1154, Washington Gas Light Company’s Application for Approval of PROJECTpipes 2 Plan. Order No. 1115 grants the Non-Unanimous Joint Motion for Enlargement of Time to File Settlement Conference Report. The Settlement Conference Report shall be filed no later than December 13, 2019. If a settlement cannot be reached by that time, the Commission directs the parties to submit a consensus procedural schedule by that same date, December 13, 2019.

3. Formal Case No. 1130, In the Matter of the Investigation into Modernizing the Energy Delivery System for Increased Sustainability. Order No. 1130 directs Pepco to have funds in the amount of $12,345.65 released from the MEDSIS Fund Subaccount to Smart Electric Power Alliance within 15 days of the date of this Order.

4. Formal Case No. 1142, In the Matter of the Merger of AltaGas, Ltd. and WGL Holdings, Inc. Order No. 1142 approves WGL’s Term No. 3 Plan as directed by this Order and grants the National Consumer Law Center’s Motion to Enlarge Time for Filing Comment on Plan to Implement Commitment No. 3.

5. Formal Case No. 1142, In the Matter of the Merger of AltaGas, Ltd. and WGL Holdings, Inc. Order No. 1142 conditionally accepts AltaGas’ Term No. 5 Plan as directed by this Order.

6. Formal Case No. 1148, In the Matter of the Investigation into the Establishment of Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation Programs Targeted Towards Both Affordable Multifamily Units and Master Metered Multifamily Buildings Which Include Low- and Limited-Income Residents in the District of Columbia. Order No. 1148 designates OPC, DOEE, the National Consumer Law Center, as well as Commission Staff to the Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation Task Force.

7. Formal Case No. 1158, In the Matter of the Application of Washington Gas Light Company for a Certificate of Authority Authorizing it to Issue Debt Securities. Order No. 1158 approves WGL’s (“Company”) Application for a certificate authorizing the Company to issue and sell debt securities and preferred stock.\ Commission Open Meeting Summary

8. Formal Case No. 1159, In the Matter of Applications for Approval of Biennial Underground Infrastructure Improvement Projects Plans and Financing Orders. Order No. 1159 grants the petitions to intervene of WGL, AOBA, and the Baltimore Washington Construction & Public Employees Laborers’ District Council.

9. PEPRAD 2019-01, In the Matter of Potomac Electric Power Company’s Residential Aid Discount Compliance Reports and Filings and Formal Case No. 1120, In the Matter of the Investigation into the Structure and Application of Low-Income Assistance for Electricity Customers in the District of Columbia. This Notice of Final Tariff approves Pepco’s Revised Residential Aid Discount Surcharge. The Surcharge will become effective upon publication of this Notice in the D.C. Register.

10.RM41-2017-01, In the Matter of 15 DCMR Chapter 41- District of Columbia Standard Offer Service Rules. Order RM41-2017-01 grants Pepco’s request for a waiver of the implementation date of Section 4105.9 of Title 15 of the DCMR as directed by this Order.

11.RM37-2017-01, Natural Gas Quality of Service Standards and Reliability Performance and 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. Order RM37-2017-01 adopts final amendments to the Natural Gas Quality of Service Standards and Reliability Performance Rules in Chapter 37 of Title 15 of the DCMR. The amendments will become effective upon publication of a Notice of Final Rulemaking in the D.C. Register.

12.General Docket 2019-02, Decertification of Renewable Generating Facilities Submitted by Greenwalt Solar. This Order decertifies eight (8) certified generation facilities of Greenwalt, filed by Greenwalt, effective November 18, 2019, unless Greenwalt Solar presents evidence within 10 days from the date of this Order why the eight (8) facilities should not be decertified.

13.RM41-2019-01, In the Matter of 15 DCMR Chapter 41-District of Columbia Standard Offer Service Rules. Order RM41-2019-01 Notice of Final Rulemaking adopts amendments to, the Standard Offer Service Rules in Chapter 41 of Title 15 of the DCMR. The amendments will become effective upon publication of this Notice in the D.C. Register.

14.Formal Case No. 787, In the Matter of the Application of Washington Gas Light Company for Authority to Increase Existing Rates and Charges for Gas Service. Order No. 787 grants the request of Essex Condominium and AOBA to withdraw its the Complaint lodged against Washington Gas Light Company and dismisses the Complaint with prejudice. 
 

Summary of October 17th Open Meeting

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (Commission) approved five actions items before the Commission at its October 17, 2018 Open Meeting.

The matters include: 

1. Formal Case No. 1119, In the Matter of 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. This Order grants the Motion of the Office of the People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia (“OPC”) for Leave to Comment on Exelon’s Ring Fencing Report; accepts OPC’s Comments for consideration; and denies OPC’s request to grant the recommendations included therein. The Commission further directs that the Potomac Electric Power Company (“Pepco”) report to the Commission if Pepco is put on negative outlook or is downgraded below its current bond ratings by any of the major credit rating agencies within 7 days of such action.

2. Formal Case No. 1119, In the Matter of 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; and PEPPOR, Potomac Electric Power Company’s Purchase of Receivables Program. This Order grants the Potomac Electric Power Company’s (“Pepco”) Motion for Approval to Recover Costs Related to Forgiven Arrearages. Additionally, Pepco, in consultation with the AMP Working Group, is directed to prepare an updated Arrearage Management Program (“AMP”) implementation plan and separarate AMP cost estimate to be filed with the Commission in not less than 45 days from the date of this Order.

3. Formal Case No. 1140, In the Matter of the Investigation into the Establishment of a Purchase of Receivables Program for Natural Gas Suppliers and Their Customers in the District of Columbia. This Order directs Washington Gas Light Company (“WGL” or “Company”) to finalize the implementation of its Purchase of Receivables (“POR”) program consistent with this Order and file updated discount rates, an associated tariff, and implementation schedule within 15 days of the date of this Order. The Commission rejects WGL and the Retail Energy Supply Association’s request to recover the additional $300,000 POR implementation costs in WGL’s base rates.

4. 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 Proposal of Washington Gas Light Company (“WGL”), the Office of People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia, the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington, and the Small Business Utility Advocates for a One-Time Bill Credit of $5,101,325. 2 WGL is directed to file a Notice with the Commission once its regulatory liability balance(s) associated with the 2017 Tax Act have been fully returned to its customers in accordance with the Joint Proposal. This Notice shall depict the amount of the one-time bill credit actually provided to, and the revenue actually received thereby from, each customer class. The Notice shall also provide a plan for a true-up of any material difference between the credit amount contained in the Joint Proposal and the actual amount credited to customers.

5. Formal Case No. 1153, In the Matter of the Investigation into the Status of Walter Reed’s Electric Distribution System. This Order grants the Petition of the Potomac Electric Power Company (“Pepco”) for an Investigation to Determine the Jurisdiction of the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia to Regulate the Electric Distribution of Electricity to Retail Customers at The Parks at Walter Reed and hereby opens an investigation to determine whether the operation of Walter Reed’s Redevelopment Site electric distribution system is subject to regulation by the Commission as a public utility or by any alternative means designed to reasonably promote the public interest, preserve the public health, and protect customers. The Commission also grants the Petitions to Intervene of TPWR Developer, LLC and WGL Energy Services, Inc. and invites any other person with a substantial interest in this matter to seek to intervene within 10 days from the date of this Order.
 

Summary of October 3rd Open Meeting

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (Commission) approved two actions items before the Commission at its October 3, 2018 Open Meeting.

The matters include:

1. Formal Case No. 712, In the Matter of the Investigation into the Public Service Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure. This Order grants authority to the Office of the General Counsel to issue orders on Applications of Competitive Local Exchange Carriers for Approval of Transfer of Control or Corporate Reorganization.

2. WGIA 2018-01, In the Matter of Washington Gas Light Company’s Request for Approval of Independent Accountant. This Order grants Washington Gas Light Company’s (“WGL”) request for approval of an independent accountant, Ernst & Young, to conduct a limited engagement review and prepare a report pursuant to Chapter 39 of the Commission’s Regulations regarding WGL affiliate transactions for the 12 months ending September 30, 2018. WGL is directed to file with the Commission a copy of its engagement letter with Ernst & Young upon execution by both parties. WGL is further directed to file the limited engagement report on or before March 1, 2019.