§ 58.10. Program announcement.
(a) Priority for receipt of program services shall be determined as follows:
(1) Among eligible customers, those with the largest usage and greatest opportunities for bill reductions relative to the cost of providing program services shall receive services first. When prioritizing eligible customers by usage level, several factors shall be considered when feasible. These factors include: the size of the dwelling, the number of occupants and the end uses of the utility service. When prioritizing eligible customers by opportunities for bill reductions, utility rate factors which may tend to limit (for example, declining block rates) or facilitate, for example, time-of-day rates or heating rates, bill reductions somewhat independently of absolute usage levels should be considered.
(2) Among customers with the same standing with respect to paragraph (1), those with the greatest arrearages shall receive services first. When feasible, priority should be given to customers with the largest arrearage relative to their income; for example, arrearage as a percentage of income.
(3) Among the customers with the same standing with respect to paragraph (2), those with incomes which place them farthest below the maximum eligibility level shall receive services first.
(b) Covered electric utilities shall use the guidelines outlined in this section to determine the amount of annual program funding to be budgeted for usage reduction services available to residential space heating customers, residential water heating customers and residential high-use electric baseload customers.
(c) A covered utility may spend up to 20% of its annual program budget on eligible special needs customers as defined in § 58.2 (relating to definitions).
The provisions of this § 58.10 amended January 2, 1998, effective January 3, 1998, 28 Pa.B. 25. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (178492) to (178493).
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