(a) The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall assess and beginning January 1, 2000, impose the competitive transition assessment which shall be imposed on all customers of each electric distribution company to provide funds for the purposes described in subsection (d) of this section. The authority shall hold a hearing that shall be conducted as a contested case in accordance with chapter 54, except as otherwise provided in section 16-245f, to determine the amount of the competitive transition assessment.
Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 16-245g
- Authority: means the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and "department" means the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
- Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
- 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
- Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
(b) The authority shall consider the effect on all customer rates and other factors relevant to reducing rates in determining the amount of the competitive transition assessment and the manner in which and the period over which it shall be imposed in any decision of the authority to set or adjust the competitive transition assessment.
(c) The competitive transition assessment shall be determined by the authority in a general and equitable manner and, in accordance with the provisions of subsection (b) of section 16-245f, shall be imposed on all customers at a rate that is applied equally to all customers of the same class in accordance with methods of allocation in effect on July 1, 1998, provided the competitive transition assessment shall not be imposed on customers receiving services under a special contract which is in effect on July 1, 1998, until such special contract expires. The competitive transition assessment shall be imposed beginning on January 1, 2000, on all customers receiving services under a special contract which is entered into or renewed after July 1, 1998. The competitive transition assessment shall have a generally applicable manner of determination that may be measured on the basis of percentages of total costs of retail sales of electric generation services. Subject to the provisions of subsection (b) of section 16-245f, the competitive transition assessment shall be payable by customers on an equal basis on the same payment terms and shall be eligible or subject to prepayment on an equal basis. Any exemption of the competitive transition assessment by customers under a special contract shall not result in an increase in rates to any customer.
(d) The authority shall establish, fix and revise the competitive transition assessment in an amount sufficient at all times to: (1) Pay the principal of and the interest on rate reduction bonds as the same shall become due and payable; (2) to pay all reasonable and necessary expenses relating to the financing; and (3) to pay an electric distribution company stranded costs that are not funded with the proceeds of rate reduction bonds and interim capital costs determined under subdivision (1) of subsection (e) of section 16-244g.
(e) The competitive transition assessment shall be charged to customers until the rate reduction bonds are paid in full by the financing entity and stranded costs not funded with the proceeds of rate reduction bonds are fully recovered by the electric distribution company. Amounts collected from a customer shall be allocated on a pro rata basis among (1) rates and charges described in subparagraph (A) of subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 16-245e, (2) rates and charges described in subparagraph (B) of subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 16-245e, and (3) other charges. To the extent that the authority, when issuing a financing order, determines that special treatment on customers’ bills is necessary or desirable to distinguish rates and charges described in subparagraph (A) of subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 16-245e from rates and charges described in subparagraph (B) of subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 16-245e in order to facilitate the successful issuance and sale of rate reduction bonds, it may so provide as part of such financing order.