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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 13-306



Act 129 Pennsylvania Demand Response Study Stakeholders' Rescheduled Meeting; Doc. No. M-2012-2289411

[43 Pa.B. 1061]
[Saturday, February 16, 2013]

 On January 14, 2013, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (Commission) announced that it would be holding its second Demand Response Study Stakeholders' meeting on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Hearing Room 1, Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120. The purpose of this meeting is to provide stakeholders with an update on the status of the study and the results obtained to date, as well as to outline tasks to be completed.

 Due to scheduling conflicts, this meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 21, 2013, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 3, Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120. The Commission will post additional meeting materials on the Act 129 Information webpage on February 15, 2013.1

 The General Assembly charged the Commission with establishing an Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) program. Under the initial EE&C program, each electric distribution company (EDC) with at least 100,000 customers was to adopt a plan to reduce peak energy demand by 4.5% in the 100 hours of highest demand within its service territory by May 31, 2013. See 66 Pa.C.S. § 2806.1(d)(1) (relating to energy efficiency and conservation program). The Commission was also charged with the responsibility of comparing the total costs of these EE&C Plans to the total savings in energy, capacity and other Commission-determined costs to retail customers by November 30, 2013. If the Commission determines that the benefits of these plans exceed their costs, the Commission must set additional incremental requirements for reduction in peak demand for the 100 hours of greatest demand or an alternative reduction approved by the Commission. See 66 Pa.C.S. § 2806.1(d)(2).

 To assist the Commission in accomplishing this task, the Commission directed the Act 129 Statewide Evaluator (SWE) to conduct a Demand Response Study to fully assess the costs and benefits of the current peak demand reduction programs.2 The study will also include an analysis and recommendations for future peak demand reduction performance hours and demand response protocols.3 It is anticipated that the SWE will submit its final report in April 2013.

 Questions regarding this stakeholder meeting should be directed to Darren Gill at (717) 783-5244 or


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 13-306. Filed for public inspection February 15, 2013, 9:00 a.m.]


1  The Commission's Act 129 Information webpage can be found at http://www.puc.

2  See Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Secretarial Letter (March 4, 2011 Secretarial Letter) at Doc. No. M-2008-2069987.

3  This analysis will be conducted separately from the determination of EDC compliance with the summer of 2012 peak demand reduction mandates as prescribed at 66 Pa.C.S. § 2806.1(d)(1).

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