(a) As used in this section, sections 16-245f to 16-245k, inclusive, and section 16-245m:

Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 16-245e

  • 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
  • Electric supplier: means any person, including an electric aggregator or participating municipal electric utility that is licensed by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority in accordance with section 16-245, that provides electric generation services to end use customers in the state using the transmission or distribution facilities of an electric distribution company, regardless of whether or not such person takes title to such generation services, but does not include: (A) A municipal electric utility established under chapter 101, other than a participating municipal electric utility. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1

(1) “Rate reduction bonds” means bonds, notes, certificates of participation or beneficial interest, or other evidences of indebtedness or ownership, issued pursuant to an executed indenture or other agreement of a financing entity, in accordance with this section and sections 16-245f to 16-245k, inclusive, the proceeds of which are used, directly or indirectly, to provide, recover, finance, or refinance stranded costs or economic recovery transfer, or to sustain funding of conservation and load management and renewable energy investment programs by substituting for disbursements to the General Fund from the Energy Conservation and Load Management Fund established by section 16-245m and from the Clean Energy Fund established by section 16-245n, and which, directly or indirectly, are secured by, evidence ownership interests in, or are payable from, transition property;

(2) “Competitive transition assessment” means those nonbypassable rates and other charges, that are authorized by the authority (A) in a financing order in respect to the economic recovery transfer, or in a financing order, to sustain funding of conservation and load management and renewable energy investment programs by substituting disbursements to the General Fund from proceeds of rate reduction bonds for such disbursements from the Energy Conservation and Load Management Fund established by section 16-245m and from the Clean Energy Fund established by section 16-245n, or to recover those stranded costs that are eligible to be funded with the proceeds of rate reduction bonds pursuant to section 16-245f and the costs of providing, recovering, financing, or refinancing the economic recovery transfer or such substitution of disbursements to the General Fund or such stranded costs through a plan approved by the authority in the financing order, including the costs of issuing, servicing, and retiring rate reduction bonds, (B) to recover those stranded costs determined under this section but not eligible to be funded with the proceeds of rate reduction bonds pursuant to section 16-245f, or (C) to recover costs determined under subdivision (1) of subsection (e) of section 16-244g. If requested by the electric distribution company, the authority shall include in the competitive transition assessment nonbypassable rates and other charges to recover federal and state taxes whose recovery period is modified by the transactions contemplated in this section and sections 16-245f to 16-245k, inclusive;

(3) “Customer” means any individual, business, firm, corporation, association, tax-exempt organization, joint stock association, trust, partnership, limited liability company, the United States or its agencies, this state, any political subdivision thereof or state agency that purchases electric generation or distribution services as a retail end user in the state from any electric supplier or electric distribution company;

(4) “Finance authority” means the state, acting through the office of the State Treasurer;

(5) “Net proceeds” means the book income from the sale or divestiture of assets, consisting of sales price less reasonable expenses of sale, related income and other;

(6) “Stranded costs” means that portion of generation assets, generation-related regulatory assets or long-term contract costs determined by the authority in accordance with the provisions of subsections (e), (f), (g) and (h) of this section;

(7) “Generation assets” means the total construction and other capital asset costs of generation facilities approved for inclusion in rates before July 1, 1997, but does not include any costs relating to the decommissioning of any such facility or any costs which the authority found during a proceeding initiated before July 1, 1998, were incurred because of imprudent management;

(8) “Generation-related regulatory assets” means generation-related costs authorized or mandated before July 1, 1998, by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, approved for inclusion in the rates, and include, but are not limited to, costs incurred for deferred taxes, conservation programs, environmental protection programs, public policy costs and research and development costs, net of any applicable credits payable to customers, but does not include any costs which the authority found during a proceeding initiated before July 1, 1998, were incurred because of imprudent management;

(9) “Long-term contract costs” mean the above-market portion of the costs of contractual obligations approved for inclusion in the rates that were entered into before January 1, 2000, arising from independent power producer contracts required by law or purchased power contracts approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission;

(10) “Financing entity” means the finance authority or any special purpose trust or other entity that is authorized by the finance authority to issue rate reduction bonds or acquire transition property pursuant to such terms and conditions as the finance authority may specify, or both;

(11) “Financing order” means an order of the authority adopted in accordance with this section and sections 16-245f to 16-245k, inclusive;

(12) “Transition property” means the property right created pursuant to this section and sections 16-245f to 16-245k, inclusive, in respect to the economic recovery transfer or in respect of disbursements to the General Fund to sustain funding of conservation and load management and renewable energy investment programs or those stranded costs that are eligible to be funded with the proceeds of rate reduction bonds pursuant to section 16-245f, including, without limitation, the right, title, and interest of an electric distribution company or its transferee or the financing entity (A) in and to the rates and charges established pursuant to a financing order, as adjusted from time to time in accordance with subdivision (2) of subsection (b) of section 16-245i and the financing order, (B) to be paid the amount that is determined in a financing order to be the amount that the electric distribution company or its transferee or the financing entity is lawfully entitled to receive pursuant to the provisions of this section and sections 16-245f to 16-245k, inclusive, and the proceeds thereof, and in and to all revenues, collections, claims, payments, money, or proceeds of or arising from the rates and charges or constituting the competitive transition assessment that is the subject of a financing order including those nonbypassable rates and other charges referred to in subdivision (2) of this subsection, and (C) in and to all rights to obtain adjustments to the rates and charges pursuant to the terms of subdivision (2) of subsection (b) of section 16-245i and the financing order. “Transition property” shall constitute a current property right notwithstanding the fact that the value of the property right will depend on consumers using electricity or, in those instances where consumers are customers of a particular electric distribution company, the electric distribution company performing certain services;

(13) “State rate reduction bonds” means the rate reduction bonds issued on June 23, 2004, by the state to sustain funding of conservation and load management and renewable energy investment programs by substituting for disbursements to the General Fund from the Energy Conservation and Load Management Fund, established by section 16-245m, and from the Clean Energy Fund, established by section 16-245n. The state rate reduction bonds for the purposes of section 4-30a shall be deemed to be outstanding indebtedness of the state;

(14) “Operating expenses” means, with respect to state rate reduction bonds or economic recovery revenue bonds, (A) all expenses, costs and liabilities of the state or the trustee incurred in connection with the administration or payment of the state rate reduction bonds or economic recovery revenue bonds, or in discharge of its obligations and duties under the state rate reduction bonds or economic recovery revenue bonds, or bond documents, expenses and other costs and expenses arising in connection with the state rate reduction bonds or economic recovery revenue bonds, or pursuant to the financing order providing for the issuance of such bonds including any arbitrage rebate and penalties payable under the code in connection with such bonds, and (B) all fees and expenses payable or disbursable to the servicers or others under the bond documents;

(15) “Bond documents” means, with respect to state rate reduction bonds or economic recovery revenue bonds, the following documents: The servicing agreements, the tax compliance agreement and certificate, and the continuing disclosure agreement and indenture entered into in connection with the state rate reduction bonds or the economic recovery revenue bonds;

(16) “Indenture” means the indenture executed in connection with the state rate reduction bonds or the economic recovery revenue bonds, or, with respect to state rate reduction bonds, the RRB Indenture, dated as of June 23, 2004, by and between the state and the trustee, as amended from time to time;

(17) “Trustee” means, with respect to state rate reduction bonds, the trustee appointed under the indenture;

(18) “Economic recovery transfer” means the disbursement to the General Fund of nine hundred fifty-six million dollars from proceeds of the issuance of the economic recovery revenue bonds; and

(19) “Economic recovery revenue bonds” means rate reduction bonds issued to fund the economic recovery transfer, the costs of issuance, credit enhancements, operating expenses and such other costs as the finance authority deems necessary or advisable, and which shall be payable from competitive transition assessment charges that replace the competitive transition assessment charges funding stranded costs.

(b) The authority shall, in accordance with the provisions of this section, identify and calculate, upon application by an electric distribution company, those stranded costs that may be collected through the competitive transition assessment which shall be calculated and collected in accordance with the provisions of section 16-245g. No electric distribution company shall be eligible to claim stranded costs unless a public auction has been held to divest itself of all nonnuclear generation assets or the electric distribution company has sold its nonnuclear generation assets in accordance with section 16-43.

(c) (1) Notwithstanding subdivision (1) of subsection (e) of section 16-244g, any electric distribution company seeking to claim stranded costs shall, in accordance with this subsection, mitigate such costs to the fullest extent possible. Prior to the approval by the authority of any stranded costs, the electric distribution company shall show to the satisfaction of the authority that the electric distribution company has taken all reasonable steps to mitigate to the maximum extent possible the total amount of stranded costs that it seeks to claim and to minimize the cost to be recovered from customers. Mitigation shall include: (A) Except to the extent provided in collective bargaining agreements or agreements to purchase generation assets entered into prior to July 1, 1998, the obtaining of written commitments from purchasers of generation facilities divested pursuant to section 16-244g, that the purchasers will offer employment to persons who were employed in nonmanagerial positions by a divested generation facility at any time during the three-month period prior to the divestiture, at levels of wages and overall compensation not lower than the employees’ lowest level during the six-month period prior to the date the contract to divest the asset was entered into; (B) good faith efforts to negotiate the buyout, buydown or renegotiation of independent power producer contracts and purchased power contracts approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, provided the fixed present value of any contract to which a political subdivision of the state is a party shall be calculated using the political subdivision’s tax-exempt borrowing rate as the discount rate; and (C) the reasonable costs of the consultants appointed to conduct the auctions of generation assets pursuant to section 16-244g. Mitigation may include, but is not limited to, reallocation of depreciation reserves to existing generation assets to the extent consistent with generally accepted accounting principles; reduction of book assets by application of net proceeds of any sale of existing assets; maximization of market revenues from existing generation assets; efforts to maximize current and future operating efficiency, including appropriate and timely maintenance, trouble shooting, aggressive identification and correction of potential problem areas; voluntary write-offs of above-market generation assets; the decision to retire uneconomical generation assets and efforts to divest generating sites at market prices reflective of best use of sites. Mitigation shall not include any expenditures to restart a nuclear generation asset that was not operating for reasons other than scheduled maintenance or refueling at the time such expenditure was made. Any mitigation efforts and associated costs shall be subject to approval by the authority.

(2) The authority shall allow the cost of such mitigation efforts to be included in the calculation of stranded costs to the extent that such mitigation costs are reasonable relative to the amount of the reduction in stranded costs resulting from the mitigation.

(d) An electric distribution company shall submit to the authority an application for recovery of that portion of generation-related regulatory assets, long-term contract costs, generation assets and mitigation costs which are determined by the authority in accordance with subsections (c), (e), (f) and (g) of this section and subdivision (1) of subsection (e) of section 16-244g. The application shall include a description of mitigation efforts and a request for recovery through the competitive transition assessment and may include a request for a financing order. The authority shall hold a hearing for each electric distribution company and issue a finding of the calculation of stranded costs in a time frame that allows for collection of the competitive transition assessment to begin on January 1, 2000. Any hearing shall be conducted as a contested case in accordance with chapter 54.

(e) The authority shall calculate the stranded costs for generation-related regulatory assets to be their book value as of January 1, 2000. In calculating the value of generation-related regulatory assets that are being provided in a lump sum as the result of a funding with the proceeds of rate reduction bonds, the authority shall adjust the value of each such asset to reflect the time value of such lump sum, if any.

(f) (1) The authority shall calculate the stranded costs for long-term contract costs that have been reduced to a fixed present value through the buyout, buydown, or renegotiation of independent power producer contracts and purchased power contracts approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as such present value. In making such calculation, the authority shall net purchased power contracts approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that are below market value against any such contracts that are above-market value.

(2) The authority shall calculate the stranded costs for any portion of a long-term contract cost that has not been reduced to a fixed present value by comparing the contract price to the market price at least annually. In making such calculation, the authority shall net purchased power contracts approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that are below market value against any such contracts that are above-market value. The costs described in this subdivision shall be included in the competitive transition assessment pursuant to section 16-245g but shall not be included in any funding with the proceeds of rate reduction bonds.

(g) The authority shall calculate the stranded cost for each generation asset to be the difference between its book value and the market value of a prudently and efficiently managed nonnuclear generating facility of comparable size, age and technical characteristics in a competitive market. In determining the market value of any such asset, the authority may consider (A) the dollars per kilowatt received from the sale of similar generation facilities, if any, (B) income capitalization based on the operating history and capacity of the facility, the market rates for power, and any existing long-term contracts for the sale of power or capacity, (C) independent market appraisals, or (D) other relevant factors. The authority shall calculate the stranded costs for generation assets at least every three years. The costs described in this subsection shall be included in the competitive transition assessment pursuant to section 16-245g but shall not be included in any funding with the proceeds of rate reduction bonds.

(h) (1) On or before January 1, 2004, an electric distribution company may submit to the authority an application for recovery of that portion of nuclear generation assets which is determined by the authority in accordance with this subsection, which application shall include a request for recovery through the competitive transition assessment. The authority shall hold a hearing for each electric distribution company and issue a finding of the calculation of such nuclear generation assets in accordance with the provisions of this subsection. Any hearing shall be conducted as a contested case proceeding in accordance with chapter 54. The costs described in this subsection shall be included in the competitive transition assessment pursuant to section 16-245g but shall not be included in any funding with proceeds of rate reduction bonds.

(2) The authority shall calculate the stranded costs for each nuclear generation asset that was divested at a price less than book value as described in subdivision (5) of subsection (c) of section 16-244g as the difference between the book value of this asset and the final bid price of the asset. The authority’s calculation of stranded costs pursuant to this subdivision shall be final and shall not be subject to further adjustment by the authority.

(3) The authority shall calculate the stranded costs for each nondivested nuclear generation asset described in subdivision (1) of subsection (d) of section 16-244g to be the difference between its book value and the market value of a prudently and efficiently managed nuclear generating facility of comparable size, age and technical characteristics in a competitive market. In determining the market value of any such asset, the authority may consider (A) the dollars per kilowatt received from the sale of similar generation facilities, if any, (B) income capitalization based on the operating history and capacity of the facility, the market rates for power, and any existing long-term contracts for the sale of power or capacity, (C) the provision for decommissioning and related costs to be paid from the systems benefits charge provided in section 16-245l, (D) independent market appraisals, or (E) other relevant factors. At least every four years after the date when the authority issues an initial finding of the calculation of the stranded costs for such nondivested nuclear generation assets as provided in this subdivision until the earlier of (i) the expiration of the collection of the competitive transition assessment, or (ii) the date when such an asset is divested, the authority shall hold a hearing and issue a finding to adjust the stranded cost calculation of each such asset and to adjust the competitive transition assessment accordingly to true up the stranded cost recovery for the difference between the market value projected in such initial finding and the actual market value of a prudently and efficiently managed nuclear generating facility of comparable size, age and technical characteristics during the time period between the initial finding and the adjustment date, provided the second and subsequent adjustments shall reflect the difference during the time period since the most recent true-up. The authority shall calculate the value of each such asset in accordance with the methodology provided in this subdivision. Any hearing shall be conducted as a contested case in accordance with chapter 54.

(4) After the authority has calculated the total value of stranded costs for all nuclear generation assets, the authority shall (A) reduce such amount by the net proceeds that are above book value realized by an electric distribution company from the sale of nonnuclear generation assets, (B) reduce such valuation to reflect the total net proceeds that are above book value realized by an electric distribution company from the sale of any nuclear generation assets pursuant to subsection (c) of section 16-244g, and (C) reduce such amount by the net proceeds that are above book value received by an electric distribution company for the sale or lease of any real property after July 1, 1998.

(i) If any net proceeds described in subdivision (4) of subsection (h) of this section remain after the reduction in the calculation of nuclear generation assets pursuant to said subdivision (4) or are realized after said reduction is calculated, the additional amount of such net proceeds shall be netted against long-term contract costs described in subdivision (2) of subsection (f) of this section, and the competitive transition assessment shall be adjusted accordingly.

(j) No electric distribution company shall be eligible to claim any stranded costs for a nuclear generation asset or for any generation-related regulatory asset related to such generation asset, if the generation asset is not operating as a result of an order issued by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission that applies specifically to such asset. Any such asset that is not eligible to be claimed as a stranded cost shall be eligible after it is permitted to and has resumed operation and is selling power.

(k) If an electric distribution company elected to transfer any of its nuclear generation assets and related operations and functions to a separate corporate affiliate or to a division that is functionally separate from the electric distribution company pursuant to section 16-244g and subsequently sold any such assets in an arm’s length transaction to an unrelated entity prior to January 1, 2012, the net proceeds realized from such sale that exceed book value for such assets shall be netted against the total amount of stranded costs, and the competitive transition assessment shall be adjusted accordingly and, if appropriate, other reimbursement shall be ordered by the authority.