Formal Cases

Purpose: The Commission’s examination of Washington Gas Light Company’s application to raise rates by $19.9 million and a review of WGL’s management of Project Pipes and Mechanical Coupling Replacement project.

OPC’s position: OPC’s litigated position is that WGL should not receive an increase higher than $436,000. OPC’s basis is that WGL has consistently and significantly overspent on Project Pipes and Mechanical Couplings Replacements Projects and should not be allowed to continue to recover costs in excess of the budgeted amounts. Additionally, WGL’s request for an increase in its authorized rate of return should be denied because it is higher than the prevailing market rates and would unjustifiably burden DC consumers.

Next steps: OPC filed its initial brief on November 21. Further settlement discussions may occur post trial.

Purpose: The Commission's examination of Pepco's request for a rate increase of $82 million.

OPC's position: OPC is currently in the process of carefully scrutinizing and analyzing Pepco's $82 million request to develop its comprehensive position on all of the issues. OPC's litigation strategy is guided by the following factors: 1) Pepco's request for $82 million is unreasonable on its face; 2) Commission approval of the $25.6 million Customer Base Rate Credit for application to residential consumers, only, is warranted, 3) the Commission should only allow recovery for cost-effective reliability improvement projects currently providing benefits to consumers; 4) a PSC directive that Pepco implement environmentally beneficial and load-reducing measures is in the public interest and; 5) Pepco's compliance with regulatory commitments outlined in the PSC order approving the merger is mandatory.

Next steps: OPC will file its initial testimony on December 14 and participate in the evidentiary hearings in March 2017. Community hearings have not been scheduled by the PSC to date.

Below are the federal cases in which OPC was active, either individually or jointly with others, since 2014.

U.S. Supreme Court

Brief for Delaware Division of the Public Advocate, Office of the People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia, Maryland Office of the People’s Counsel, New Jersey Rate Counsel, Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate, West Virginia Consumer Advocate Division, Conservation Law Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, The Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Sierra Club, and Citizens Utility Board as Amici Curiae in Support of Petitioners, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission v. Electric Power Supply Association, 2016 U.S. Lexis 853 (2016)

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission – Since 2014 with dates cases opened

Docket No. ER17-367-000 – Aggregation of seasonal capacity resources (11/17/16)

Docket No. RM16-5 - Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Offer Caps in wholesale markets. (1/21/16)

Docket No. ER16-561-000 – Permanent funding for the Consumer Advocates of the PJM States, Inc. (12/18/15)

Docket No. EL15-83-000 - PJM's load forecasting (6/30/15)

Docket No. ER15-1470 – PJM Request for Base Residual Auction Waiver (4/7/15)

Docket No. EL15-31 – Offer Price Cap (12/15/14)

Docket No. ER15-623-001 – PJM’s Capacity Performance Construct proposal (12/12/14)

Docket No. ER15-623-002, et al., Request for Expedited Clarification re: Annual Demand Resource participation (12/12/14)

Docket No. ER14-2940 – Triennial Review of VRR Curve (9/25/14)

Docket No. EC14-96-000 - Exelon/PHI Merger Application (5/30/14)

Docket No. EL14-55 – First Energy’s Demand Response Complaint (5/23/14)

Docket No. EL14-36 – First Energy’s Request for Declaratory Order on Seller Offer Caps (4/7/14)

Docket No. ER14-1145 – Offer Price Cap/Waiver (1/23/14)

Docket No. RP16-302-000 – Columbia Gulf Transmission, LLC.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission

Docket No. P161200 - Solar Electricity Project (4/12/16)

Formal Case No. Matter Closed/Open
 Electric Cases 
FC#1114 Investigation of the policy, economic, legal and technical issues and questions related to establishing a dynamic pricing plan in the District of Columbia.- Suspended as of May 13, 2015, pursuant to Commission Order No. 17877 3-10-2014
FC#1116 Pepco/DDOT's application for approval of the Power Lines Underground Projects Plan 4-29-2014
FC#1119 Merger of Exelon Corporation, Pepco Holdings, Inc., Potomac Electric Power Company, Exelon Energy Delivery Company, LLC and New Special Purpose Entity, LLC 6-18-2014
FC#1120 Commission's investigation into the Residential Aid Discount. 7-14-2014
FC#1121 Pepco's Financing Order Application/DC PLUG Initiative 8-1-2014
FC#1123 Pepco's formal notice of plans to construct a 230 kV/138 kV/13 kV substation and four 230 kV/138 kV underground transmission circuits on buzzard point in Southwest, DC 6-30-2014
FC#1139 Pepco's Application for Authority to Increase Existing Retail Rates and Charges for Electric Distribution Service 6-30-2016
Gas Cases
FC#1115 WGL's request for approval of a revised accelerated pipeline replacement plan 3-31-2014
FC#1126 OPC's Complaint against WGL regarding its unlawful compensation of competitive service providers in violation of its Rate Schedule No. 5 8-5-2014
FC#1127 Commission's establishment of a discount program for low-income natural gas customers in the District of Columbia 9-8-2014
FC#1129 Commission's Investigation into default gas service provided by Washington Gas Light Company through the Purchase Gas Charge in the District of Columbia 3-12-2015
FC#1133 WGL'S Application for Approval of Special Contract 11-2-2015
FC#1134 Commission's Investigation into the Procurement Cost Adjustment for Standard Offer Services 12-18-2015
FC#1135 WGL's Request to Establish a Regulatory Asset 11-23-2015
FC#1137 WGL's Application for authority to increase exiting rates and charges for Gas Service; and to revise terms and conditions related to gas service in the District of Columbia. 2-26-2016
FC#1138 Commission's investigation into WGL's new billing system and process and the potential impact on customers and competitive natural gas suppliers. 5-12-2016
Telecommunication Cases
FC#1125 Orders, filings, and reports on the Consumer Education Program and Utility Discount Program Education Working Group 9-30-2014
Multi-Utility
FC#1130 The Commission's Investigation into Modernizing the Energy Delivery Structure for Increased Sustainability 6-12-2015

 

One of the merger commitments is a requirement for Pepco to develop an arrearage management program (“AMP”). An AMP is a billing program that supports qualified low-income customers’ ability to pay off large utility arrearages. In short, an AMP works as follows the utility forgives the arrearage if the customer consistently pays for new utility charges over a period of time. As the customer makes regular, on- time payments on new utility charges, a portion of the arrears is forgiven. Once all payments for new charges have been made over the length of the plan, the arrearage is totally cancelled and the customer can start anew.

OPC’s Actions: Subsequent to the issuance of the PSC’s merger decision, OPC has worked with Pepco and a diverse group of stakeholders to develop the mechanics of the AMP. The AMP proposal was recently filed with the Commission and the Office is now developing comments to address non-consensus issues.