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52 Pa. Code § 58.4. Program funding.

§ 58.4. Program funding.

 (a)  General guidelines for gas utilities. Annual funding for a covered natural gas utility’s usage reduction program shall be at least .2% of a covered utility’s jurisdictional revenues. Covered gas utilities shall submit annual program budgets to the Commission. A covered gas utility will continue to fund its usage reduction program at this level until the Commission acts upon a petition from the utility for a different funding level, or until the Commission reviews the need for program services and revises the funding level through a Commission order that addresses the recovery of program costs in utility rates. Proposed funding revisions that would involve a reduction in program funding shall include public notice found acceptable by the Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Services, and the opportunity for public input from affected persons or entities.

 (b)  General guidelines for electric utilities. A target annual funding level for a covered electric utility is computed at the time of the Commission’s initial approval of the utility’s proposed program. A covered electric utility shall continue funding the program at that level until the Commission acts upon a petition from the utility for a revised funding level, or until the Commission reviews the need for program services and revises the funding level through a Commission order that addresses the recovery of program costs in utility rates. Proposed funding revisions that would involve a reduction in program funding shall include public notice found acceptable by the Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Services, and the opportunity for public input from affected persons or entities.

 (c)  Guidelines for revising program funding. A revision to a covered utility’s program funding level is to be computed based upon factors listed in this section. These factors are the following:

   (1)  The number of eligible customers that could be provided cost-effective usage reduction services. The calculation shall take into consideration the number of customer dwellings that have already received, or are not otherwise in need of, usage reduction services.

   (2)  Expected customer participation rates for eligible customers. Expected participation rates shall be based on historical participation rates when customers have been solicited through approved personal contact methods.

   (3)  The total expense of providing usage reduction services, including costs of program measures, conservation education expenses and prorated expenses for program administration.

   (4)  A plan for providing program services within a reasonable period of time, with consideration given to the contractor capacity necessary for provision of services and the impact on utility rates.

 (d)  Pilot programs. Covered utilities are encouraged to propose pilot programs for the development and evaluation of conservation education and other innovative technologies for achieving the purposes of residential low income usage reduction.

 (e)  Recovery of costs.

   (1)  Program expenses shall be allotted among ratepayers. The precise method of allocation between capital and expense accounts shall be determined in future rate proceedings.

   (2)  Recovery of program expenses shall be subject to Commission review of the prudence and effectiveness of a utility’s administration of its low income residential usage reduction program.

Cross References

   This section cited in 52 Pa. Code §  58.5 (relating to administrative costs).



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