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S.B. 152 Enrolled

                 

ELECTRIC ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND

                 
CONSERVATION TARIFF

                 
2002 GENERAL SESSION

                 
STATE OF UTAH

                 
Sponsor: Leonard M. Blackham

                  This act modifies Public Utilities provisions to establish a process for Public Service
                  Commission approval of a tariff to pay for activities or programs designed to promote
                  electric energy efficiency or conservation or more efficient management of electric energy
                  loads. The act provides for a hearing on the proposed tariff and authorizes the commission
                  to allow a customer credit against tariff charges for implementing energy efficiency
                  measures. The act makes coordinating and technical changes.
                  This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
                  AMENDS:
                      54-7-12, as last amended by Chapter 219, Laws of Utah 2001
                  ENACTS:
                      54-7-12.8, Utah Code Annotated 1953
                  Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
                      Section 1. Section 54-7-12 is amended to read:
                       54-7-12. Rate increase or decrease -- Procedure -- Effective dates -- Electrical or
                  telephone cooperative.
                      (1) As used in this section:
                      (a) "Rate decrease" means:
                      (i) any direct decrease in a rate, fare, toll, rental, or other charge of a public utility; or
                      (ii) any modification of a classification, contract, practice, or rule that decreases a rate,
                  fare, toll, rental, or other charge of a public utility.
                      (b) "Rate increase"[ ]:
                      (i) means:
                      [(i)] (A) any direct increase in a rate, fare, toll, rental, or other charge of a public utility;
                  or


                      [(ii)] (B) any modification of a classification, contract, practice, or rule that increases a rate,
                  fare, toll, rental, or other charge of a public utility[.]; and
                      (ii) does not include a tariff under Section 54-7-12.8 .
                      (2) (a) Any public utility or other party that proposes to increase or decrease rates shall file
                  appropriate schedules with the commission setting forth the proposed rate increase or decrease.
                      (b) The commission shall, after reasonable notice, hold a hearing to determine whether the
                  proposed rate increase or decrease, or some other rate increase or decrease, is just and reasonable.
                  If a rate decrease is proposed by a public utility, the commission may waive a hearing unless it seeks
                  to suspend, alter, or modify the rate decrease.
                      (c) Except as otherwise provided in Subsections (3) and (4), a proposed rate increase or
                  decrease is not effective until after completion of the hearing and issuance of a final order by the
                  commission concerning the proposed increase or decrease.
                      (3) The following rules apply to the implementation of any proposed rate increase or
                  decrease filed by a utility or proposed by any other party and to the implementation of any other
                  increase or decrease in lieu of that proposed by a utility or other party that is determined to be just
                  and reasonable by the commission.
                      (a) On its own initiative or in response to an application by a public utility or other party, the
                  commission, after a hearing, may allow any proposed rate increase or decrease, or a reasonable part
                  of the rate increase or decrease, to take effect, subject to the commission's right to order a refund or
                  surcharge, upon the filing of the utility's schedules or at any time during the pendency of the
                  commission's hearing proceedings. The evidence presented in the hearing held pursuant to this
                  subsection need not encompass all issues that may be considered in a rate case hearing held pursuant
                  to Subsection (2)(b), but shall establish an adequate prima facie showing that the interim rate
                  increase or decrease is justified.
                      (b) (i) If the commission completes a hearing concerning a utility's revenue requirement
                  before the expiration of 240 days from the date the rate increase or decrease proposal is filed, the
                  commission may issue a final order within that period establishing the utility's revenue requirement
                  and fixing the utility's interim allowable rates before the commission determines the allocation of

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                  the increase or decrease among categories of customers and classes of service.
                      (ii) If the commission in the commission's final order on a utility's revenue requirement finds
                  that the interim increase order under Subsection (3)(a) exceeds the increase finally ordered, the
                  commission shall order the utility to refund the excess to customers. If the commission in the
                  commission's final order on a utility's revenue requirement finds that the interim decrease order
                  under Subsection (3)(a) exceeds the decrease finally ordered, the commission shall order a surcharge
                  to customers to recover the excess decrease.
                      (c) If the commission fails to enter the commission's order granting or revising a revenue
                  increase within 240 days after the utility's schedules are filed, the rate increase proposed by the utility
                  is final and the commission may not order a refund of any amount already collected by the utility
                  under its filed rate increase.
                      (d) (i) When a public utility files a proposed rate increase based upon an increased cost to
                  the utility for fuel or energy purchased or obtained from independent contractors, other independent
                  suppliers, or any supplier whose prices are regulated by a governmental agency, the commission
                  shall issue a tentative order with respect to the proposed increase within ten days after the proposal
                  is filed, unless it issues a final order with respect to the rate increase within 20 days after the                   proposal
                  is filed.
                      (ii) The commission shall hold a public hearing within 30 days after it issues the tentative
                  order to determine if the proposed rate increase is just and reasonable.
                      (4) (a) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this title, any schedule, classification,
                  practice, or rule filed by a public utility with the commission that does not result in any rate increase
                  shall take effect 30 days after the date of filing or within any lesser time the commission may grant,
                  subject to its authority after a hearing to suspend, alter, or modify that schedule, classification,
                  practice, or rule.
                      (b) When the commission suspends a schedule, classification, practice, or rule, the
                  commission shall hold a hearing on the schedule, classification, practice, or rule before issuing its
                  final order.
                      (c) For purposes of this Subsection (4), any schedule, classification, practice, or rule that

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                  introduces a service or product not previously offered may not result in a rate increase.
                      (5) (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, whenever a public utility files with
                  the commission any schedule, classification, practice, or rule that does not result in an increase in
                  any rate, fare, toll, rental, or charge, the schedule, classification, practice, or rule shall take effect 30
                  days after the date of filing or at any earlier time the commission may grant, subject to the authority
                  of the commission, after a hearing, to suspend, alter, or modify the schedule, classification, practice,
                  or rule.
                      (b) (i) Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, whenever a public utility files with
                  the commission a request for an increase in rates, fares, tolls, rentals, or charges based solely upon
                  cost increases to the public utility of fuel supplied by an independent contractor or independent
                  source of supply, the requested increase shall take effect ten days after the filing of the request with
                  the commission or at any earlier time after the filing of the request as the commission may by order
                  permit.
                      (ii) The commission shall order the increase to take effect only after a showing has been
                  made by the public utility to the commission that the increase is justified.
                      (iii) The commission may, after a hearing, suspend, alter, or modify the increase.
                      (6) This section does not apply to any rate changes of an electrical or telephone cooperative
                  that meets all of the requirements of this Subsection (6).
                      (a) (i) The cooperative is organized for the purpose of either distributing electricity or
                  providing telecommunication services to its members and the public at cost.
                      (ii) "At cost" includes interest costs and a reasonable rate of return as determined by the
                  cooperative's board of directors.
                      (b) The cooperative's board of directors and any appropriate agency of the federal
                  government have approved the rate increase or other rate change and all necessary tariff revisions
                  reflecting the increased rate or rate change.
                      (c) Before implementing any rate increases, the cooperative has held a public meeting for
                  all its customers and members. The cooperative shall mail a notice of the meeting to all of the
                  cooperative's customers and members not less than ten days prior to the date that the meeting is held.

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                      (d) The cooperative has filed its tariff revisions reflecting the rate increase or other rate
                  change with the commission, who shall make the tariffs available for public inspection.
                      (7) Notwithstanding Subsections (2) and (3), the procedures for implementing a proposed
                  rate increase by a telephone corporation having less than 30,000 subscriber access lines in the state
                  are provided in this Subsection (7).
                      (a) (i) The proposed rate increase by a telephone corporation subject to this Subsection (7)
                  may become effective on the day the telephone corporation files with the commission the proposed
                  tariff revisions and necessary information to support a determination by the commission that the
                  proposed rate increase is just and reasonable.
                      (ii) The telephone corporation shall notify the commission and all potentially affected access
                  line subscribers of the proposed rate increase 30 days before filing the proposed rate increase or
                  change.
                      (b) (i) The commission may investigate whether the proposed rate increase is just and
                  reasonable.
                      (ii) If the commission determines, after notice and hearing, that the rate increase is unjust
                  or unreasonable in whole or in part, the commission may establish the rates, charges, or
                  classifications that the commission finds to be just and reasonable.
                      (c) The commission shall investigate and hold a hearing to determine whether any proposed
                  rate increase is just and reasonable if 10% or more of the telephone corporation's potentially affected
                  access line subscribers file a request for agency action requesting an investigation and hearing.
                      Section 2. Section 54-7-12.8 is enacted to read:
                      54-7-12.8. Electric energy efficiency and conservation tariff.
                      (1) As used in this section, "demand side management" means activities or programs that
                  promote electric energy efficiency or conservation or more efficient management of electric energy
                  loads.
                      (2) As provided in this section, the commission may approve a tariff under which an
                  electrical corporation includes a line item charge on its customers' bills to recover costs incurred by
                  the electrical corporation for demand side management.

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                      (3) Each electrical corporation proposing a tariff under this section shall, before submitting
                  the tariff to the commission for approval, seek and receive input from:
                      (a) the Division of Public Utilities;
                      (b) the Committee of Consumer Services; and
                      (c) other interested parties.
                      (4) Before approving a tariff under this section, the commission shall hold a hearing if:
                      (a) requested in writing by the electrical corporation, a customer of the electrical corporation,
                  or any other interested party within 15 days after the tariff filing; or
                      (b) the commission determines that a hearing is appropriate.
                      (5) The commission may approve a tariff under this section either with or without a
                  provision allowing an end-use customer to receive a credit against the charges imposed under the
                  tariff for electric energy efficiency measures that:
                      (a) the customer implements or has implemented at the customer's expense; and
                      (b) qualify for the credit under criteria established by the Utah Public Service Commission.
                      (6) In approving a tariff under this section, the commission may impose whatever conditions
                  or limits it considers appropriate, including a maximum annual cost.
                      (7) Unless otherwise ordered by the commission, each tariff under this section approved by
                  the commission shall take effect no sooner than 30 days after the electrical corporation files the tariff
                  with the commission.

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