(a)(1) On or before January 1, 2012, and annually thereafter, the procurement manager of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, in consultation with each electric distribution company, and others at the procurement manager’s discretion, including, but not limited to, the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, a municipal energy cooperative established pursuant to chapter 101a, other than entities, individuals and companies or their affiliates potentially involved in bidding on standard service, shall develop a plan for the procurement of electric generation services and related wholesale electricity market products that will enable each electric distribution company to manage a portfolio of contracts to reduce the average cost of standard service while maintaining standard service cost volatility within reasonable levels. Each Procurement Plan shall provide for the competitive solicitation for load-following electric service and may include a provision for the use of other contracts, including, but not limited to, contracts for generation or other electricity market products and financial contracts, and may provide for the use of varying lengths of contracts. If such plan includes the purchase of full requirements contracts, it shall include an explanation of why such purchases are in the best interests of standard service customers.
Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 16-244m
- Authority: means the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and "department" means the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
- Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection: means the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection appointed pursuant to title 4, or the commissioner's designee. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
- Consumer: means any private dwelling, boardinghouse, apartment, store, office building, institution, mechanical or manufacturing establishment or other place of business or industry to which water is supplied by a water company. 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
- Electric generation services: means electric energy, electric capacity or generation-related services. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
(2) All reasonable costs associated with the development of the Procurement Plan by the authority shall be recoverable through the assessment in section 16-49. All electric distribution companies’ reasonable costs associated with the development of the Procurement Plan shall be recoverable through a reconciling bypassable component of the electric rates as determined by the authority.
(b) The procurement manager shall, not less than quarterly, prepare a written report on the implementation of the Procurement Plan. If the procurement manager finds that an interim amendment to the annual plan might substantially further the goals of reducing the cost or cost volatility of standard service, the procurement manager may petition the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority for such an interim amendment. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall provide notice of the proposed amendment to the Office of Consumer Counsel and the electric distribution companies. The Office of Consumer Counsel and the electric distribution companies shall have two business days from the date of such notice to request an uncontested proceeding and a technical meeting of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority regarding the proposed amendment, which proceeding and meeting shall occur if requested. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority may approve, modify or deny the proposed amendment, with such approval, modification or denial following the technical meeting if one is requested. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority’s ruling shall occur within three business days after the technical meeting, if one is requested, or within three business days of the expiration of the time for requesting a technical meeting if no technical meeting is requested. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority may maintain the confidentiality of the technical meeting to the full extent allowed by law.
(c) The costs of procurement for standard service shall be borne solely by the standard service customers.
(d) (1) The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall conduct an uncontested proceeding to approve, with any amendments it determines necessary, the Procurement Plan submitted pursuant to subsection (a) of this section.
(2) The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall report annually in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy regarding the Procurement Plan and its implementation. Any such report may be submitted electronically.