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52 Pa. Code § 53.61. Purpose.

RECOVERY OF FUEL COSTS BY GAS UTILITIES


§ 53.61. Purpose.

 (a)  The purpose of this section and § §  53.62—53.68 (relating to recovery of fuel costs by gas utilities) is to establish procedures under which the Commission will review requests by gas utilities for recovery of purchased gas costs and to specify data which utilities shall file to assist the Commission in determining whether gas utilities are pursuing a least cost fuel procurement policy consistent with the need to provide safe and adequate service. For purposes of this section and § §  53.62—53.68, natural gas includes: natural gas, propane, liquefied natural gas, synthetic natural gas and natural gas substitutes. (See 66 Pa.C.S. §  1307(g) (relating to sliding scale of rates; adjustments).)

 (b)  This section and § §  53.62—53.68 classify gas utilities into two categories and set forth the filing requirements and procedures to be followed in reviewing requests for recovery of purchased gas costs in proceedings under 66 Pa.C.S. §  1307 and §  1308 (relating to voluntary changes in rates). The inclusion of this section and § §  53.62—53.68 has been necessitated by passage of the act of May 31, 1984 (P. L. 370, No. 74), 66 Pa.C.S. § §  514, 1307, 1317, 1318 and 2107. These sections provide for a transition from existing procedures to the new procedures.

 (c)  Questions mandated by the act of May 31, 1984 (P. L. 370, No. 74), 66 Pa.C.S. § §  1307, 1318 and 2107, are to be examined both in 66 Pa.C.S. §  1307(f) proceedings and in base rate proceedings. In rate proceedings not under 66 Pa.C.S. §  1307(f) when purchased gas costs are at issue, a natural gas utility may incorporate by reference those materials previously filed by the utility in its most recent 66 Pa.C.S. §  1307(f) proceedings if copies are distributed upon request to active parties of record.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  53.61 amended under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501, 504, 1301, 1304, 1307, 1317, 1318 and 1501.

Source

   The provisions of this §  53.61 amended February 22, 1985, effective February 23, 1985, 15 Pa.B. 672; amended April 14, 1995, effective June 14, 1995, 25 Pa.B. 1411; amended January 22, 2016, effective January 23, 2016, 46 Pa.B. 449. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (271610) to (271611).

Cross References

   This section cited in 52 Pa. Code §  53.62 (relating to additional information to be filed by gas utilities with gross annual intrastate operating revenues in excess of $40 million seeking a change in base rates); 52 Pa. Code §  53.63 (relating to categories of gas utilities); and 52 Pa. Code §  53.64 (relating to filing requirements for natural gas distributors with gross intrastate annual operating revenues in excess of $40 million).



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