Massachusetts Regulators Slash National Grid’s Rate Request, Reject $166 Million EV Plan

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities issued a final order on Oct. 7 approving National Grid’s electric rate request, with a $41.8 million or 32 percent cut to the company’s original application for a $132.2 million hike. Regulators also approved performance-based ratemaking proposals, storm cost recovery and a limited part of the company’s aggressive electric vehicle…

ComEd to Test Time-of-Use Rates for Illinois Residential Customers

The Illinois Commerce Commission approved Commonwealth Edison Company’s four-year residential rate pilot designed to incentivize participants to shift their energy use from peak periods to times when energy and capacity costs are lower, according to an Oct. 9 news release. The initiative is also intended to encourage electric vehicle charging during off peak periods, so…

New Hampshire Approves Unitil’s Request to Hike Power Rates Almost 16 Percent

The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission has approved Unitil Energy Systems, Inc.’s request to recover the costs of power supply through a bump in rates of about 10.3 cents per kilowatt-hour, according to the Oct. 4 order. The average monthly bills for small residential customers taking energy service from Unitil will increase by about 15.5 percent…

Illinois Power Agency Unveils 2020 Power Procurement Plan for Ameren, ComEd, MidAmerican Energy Customers

The Illinois Power Agency on Sept. 30 proposed a plan for the procurement of electricity for eligible retail customers of Ameren Illinois Company, Commonwealth Edison Company, and MidAmerican Energy Company for the period of June 2020 through May 2025. The plan provides recommendations related to the procurement of electricity, capacity, and associated transmission services to…

California Proposes $900 Million Annual Collection From Ratepayers to Support Wildfire Fund

The California Public Utilities Commission issued a proposed decision on Sept. 23 that would authorize the state’s investor-owned utilities to collect from ratepayers a non-bypassable charge to support California’s wildfire fund, which is designed to help utilities pay for wildfire damages linked to their transmission equipment. Pacific Gas and Electric Company must emerge from bankruptcy…

Consumers Energy to Return $1.6 Billion in Federal Tax Cut Savings to Michigan Customers

The Michigan Public Service Commission approved Consumers Energy Company’s third round of federal tax cut adjustments, which will refund about $1.63 billion to its electric and gas customers in amounts amortized over periods of up to 44 years, according to a Sept. 26 press release. The agency established a three-step process to address the short-…

Oklahoma Regulator Slashes OG&E’s $77 Million Electric Rate Bump Request

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has approved a settlement agreement with the Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company which had initially requested a $77.6 million dollar increase to its electric rates, according to a September 19 press release. Commission Chairman Todd Hiett praised the agreement as being in the best interest of Oklahoma and achieving more than simply low-cost electricity. The commission’s…

Missouri Regulators Approve Rate Adjustments for Liberty Utilities Natural Gas Customers

The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved a request by Liberty Utilities to change natural gas rates based on weather variations, according to a September 19 press release. Midstates Natural Gas Corp., a subsidiary of Liberty Utilities, requested adjustments to its natural gas rates under the weather normalization adjustment rider, which projects anticipated gas usage changes due…

D.C. Regulators Evaluate Alternative Ratemaking Mechanism for Potomac Electric

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia is scheduled to discuss a framework for evaluating alternative ratemaking proposals following a request by Potomac Electric Power Company to boost its electric rates, according to a September 18 notice. In May, Pepco filed an application to increase rates for its electric distribution service in the…

PG&E, Insurers Reach $11 Billion Settlement to Resolve Wildfire Claims

Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced a $11 billion settlement representing about 85 percent of insurance claims associated with the 2017 and 2018 wildfires in California, according to a Sept. 13 press release. The agreement comes on the heels of PG&E’s reorganization plan filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California,…

Ohio Regulators Approve Winter Reconnect Order to Safeguard Consumers During Heating Season

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved the winter reconnect order, which is designed to help Ohioans reconnect or maintain electric and natural gas service during the winter heating season between Oct. 14, 2019 and April 15, 2020, according to a Sept. 11 press release. Under the order, any customer of a PUCO-regulated electric…

SCE Seeks Over $1 Billion Revenue Hike to Support Wildfire Risk Mitigation

Southern California Edison Company asked the California Public Utilities Commission to authorize a revenue requirement of $7.6 billion to become effective January 1, 2021, according to an Aug. 30 filing. The request represents an increase of nearly $1.3 billion, or 20.1 percent, in 2021 over currently authorized and requested base rates, including sales reductions and…