The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

On May 6, 2009, pursuant to the Commission’s authority under sections 501, 1301, 1501, and Chapters 22 (Natural Gas Choice and Competition Act) and 28 (Electricity Generation Customer Choice and Competition Act) of the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. §§ 501, 1301, 1501, 2201-2212, 2801-2815, the Commission initiated an investigation regarding the Commission policies and actions that should be implemented to ensure compliance with the requirements of Section 410(a) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Pub. L. No. 111-5 § 410(a), 123 Stat. 115 (2009), which, in general, requires the Commission to consider rate making policies that align with the promotion of energy efficiency and conservation. The investigation will consist of the Commission soliciting and reviewing comments by interested parties. In addition, the Commission will hold a technical conference following the comment period.

Initial comments were due on July 6, 2009, and reply comments are due 30 days thereafter, on August 5, 2009. Comments should address any appropriate actions, orders, policy statements, or regulations that the Commission should adopt to ensure compliance with Section 410(a) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 or to respond to the potential effect of proposed federal energy legislation, including the issue of rate decoupling and all such measures that have the potential to encourage utility energy efficiency and conservation while ensuring the financial viability of the utilities.

Working Group

Commission Report Regarding Energy Conservation and Utility Ratemaking Policies - The ARRA Working Group Final Report is part of the Commission’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Investigation at Docket I-2009-2099881. Dated January 21, 2011.

Attachment - AGA Attachment to the report.

The report provides positions of working group members regarding the requirements of the ARRA, as well as extensive analysis regarding aligning energy conservation goals with utility ratemaking policies. The public is invited to comment on the report as part of the ARRA Investigation. Comments are due on Wednesday, February 23, 2011. Reply Comments are due Thursday, March 10, 2011.

Final Report Comments

PPL Electric Utilities

National Fuel Gas

Energy Association of PA

FirstEnergy Companies

Office of Consumer Advocate

Office of Small Business Advocate

PA Independent Oil and Gas Association

Industrial Energy Consumers of PA

Order - Commission order issuing the ARRA Working report on Energy Conservation and Utility Ratemaking Policies. Dated Jan. 13, 2011. Docket No. I-2009-2099881.

Secretarial Letter - The formation of a ARRA Working Group. Dated Dec. 18, 2009. Docket No. I-2009-2099881.

Technical Conference


Agenda - The Technical Conference Agenda for Nov. 19, 2009.

Secretarial Letter - Dated Oct. 19, 2009. Notice of the Technical Conference to ensure compliance with ARRA.  The Technical Conference is scheduled for Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 1:30 PM in Hearing Room 1.  The public is welcome to attend. Docket No. I-2009-2099881.

Secretarial Letter - Dated Oct. 27, 2009. Notice to parties interested in participating in the Technical Conference have until Nov. 13, 2009, to confirm their attendance. Docket No. I-2009-2099881.

Technical Conference Testimony

National Fuel Gas

Office of Consumer Advocate

FirstEnergy Companies

PECO Energy Company

U.S. Department of Energy

Office of Business Advocate

UGI Utilities

Equitable Gas

Department of Environmental Protection

Columbia Gas of PA

Industrial Energy Consumers of PA

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services

Technical Conference Reply Comments

Allegheny Power

National Fuel Gas

Energy Association of PA

 

Orders

Order - From the Public Meeting of April 16, 2009.  The order initiates an investigation regarding the Commission policies and actions that should be implemented to ensure compliance with the requirements of Section 410(a) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  Docket No. I-2009-2099881.

Comments

Office of Consumer Advocate

Industrial Energy Consumers of PA

National Fuel Gas

West Penn Power

Equitable Gas

Wal-Mart Store East  and Sam's East

Independent Oil & Gas Association of PA

Energy Association of PA

FirstEnergy Companies

Office of Small Business Advocate

TW Phillips

PECO Energy Company

UGI Distribution Companies