(a) Not later than January 1, 1999, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall, by regulations adopted pursuant to chapter 54, establish a code of conduct which shall apply to electric distribution companies, as defined in section 16-1, their generation entities or affiliates and electric suppliers. The code of conduct shall become effective upon the completion of unbundling but not later than July 1, 1999.
Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 16-244h
- Authority: means the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and "department" means the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
- distribution company: means any person providing electric transmission or distribution services within the state, but does not include: (A) A private power producer, as defined in section 16-243b. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
- Generation entity or affiliate: means a corporate affiliate or a separate division of an electric distribution company that provides electric generation services. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
- Person: means an individual, business, firm, corporation, association, joint stock association, trust, partnership or limited liability company. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
(b) The code of conduct shall include: (1) Measures to ensure information, revenues, expenses, costs, assets, liabilities or other resources derived from or associated with providing electric transmission or distribution services by an electric distribution company are not used to subsidize any generation entity or affiliate; (2) safeguards to assure fair dealing between electric distribution companies and all other electric suppliers, as defined in section 16-1, including any generation entities or affiliates of the electric distribution company; (3) procedures for ensuring electric suppliers nondiscriminatory access to the transmission and distribution facilities of the electric distribution company; and (4) measures to ensure that an electric distribution company provides transmission and distribution service, applies tariffs to generation entities or affiliates and to unaffiliated electric suppliers in a nondiscriminatory manner and enforces such tariff provisions. The code of conduct shall, at a minimum, (A) prohibit any employee of a generation entity or affiliate from conducting distribution system operations or having access to system control centers or similar facilities used by distribution operations in any way that differs from the access available to employees of unaffiliated electric suppliers, (B) prohibit an employee of a generation entity or affiliate from having preferential access to any information concerning the electric distribution company’s customers or distribution system that is not available on an equivalent basis to unaffiliated electric suppliers, (C) prohibit an employee of an electric distribution company from disclosing to an employee of a generation entity or affiliate information concerning its customers, the distribution system or other market information through nonpublic communications that is not available on an equivalent basis to all unaffiliated electric suppliers, (D) require employees of electric distribution companies to apply all tariff provisions relating to the sale or purchase of any retail access distribution service in a fair, impartial and nondiscriminatory manner, and (E) prohibit joint marketing activities between an electric distribution company and its generation entity or affiliate. The code of conduct shall not prohibit communications necessary for standard offer service pursuant to section 16-244c or when necessary to restore service or to prevent or respond to emergency conditions. Each electric distribution company shall annually submit to the authority such information as the authority may require in order to evaluate the actual effectiveness of the code of conduct in fulfilling the purposes of this section. The authority shall consult with the independent system operator on a regular basis regarding issues raised under this section. The authority may, upon its own motion or upon receipt of a complaint from any person alleging a violation of the code of conduct, investigate an electric distribution company’s compliance with the code of conduct, and any such investigation shall be considered a contested case as defined in section 4-166. The authority may enter into appropriate orders to enforce the code, including cease and desist orders, and it may levy civil penalties against these entities subject to the code after notice and hearing pursuant to section 16-41. Any person aggrieved by a violation of the code of conduct shall also have a private right of action for damages against the electric distribution company or generation entity or affiliate, as the case may be.