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D.P.U. 18-81 - NOTICE OF FILING AND REQUEST FOR COMMENTS

Aug 17, 2018

Petition of Bay State Gas Company d/b/a Columbia Gas of Massachusetts for approval of the Company’s Revenue Decoupling Adjustment Factors for the 2018-2019 Peak Period, November 1, 2018, through April 30, 2019.

On August 1, 2018, Bay State Gas Company d/b/a Columbia Gas of Massachusetts (“Company”) filed a petition with the Department of Public Utilities (“Department”)  for approval of its revenue decoupling adjustment factors (“RDAFs”), for effect November 1,2018.  This filing was made pursuant to Bay State Gas Company, D.P.U. 15-50 (2016) and the Company’s revenue decoupling adjustment clause (“RDAC”) tariff, M.D.P.U.

No. 285A.   The RDAC allows the Company to modify, on a semi-annual basis, its base distribution rates as a result of changes in customer usage, in order to promote the efficient deployment of demand resources.   Bay State Gas Company, D.P.U. 09-30, at 25-26, 87 (2009).  The Department has docketed this petition as D.P.U. 18-81.

The Company proposes RDAF credits of $0.0332 per therm for residential customers, $0.0294 per therm for low annual commercial and industrial customers (“C&I”), $0.0182 per therm for medium annual C&I customers, $0.0169 per therm for high annual C&I customers, and $0.0135 per therm for extra high annual C&I customers.   As a result of the proposed changes to the RDAF, the average residential heating customer using 126 therms per month during the peak period will experience a bill decrease of $7.82 or 3.98 percent as compared to the previously effective peak RDAF.   Bay State Gas states that the average monthly bill impact for all rate classes at each class’s average use will range from a decrease of 2.31 percent to 3.98 percent as compared to last year’s peak period RDAF.   For specific bill impacts, please contact the Company as shown below.

All documents should also be submitted to the Department in electronic format using one of the following methods: (1) by e-mail attachment to  dpu.efiling@mass.gov and to the Hearing Officer, Jessica.Ellis@mass.gov or (2) on a CD-ROM. The text of the e-mail or CD-ROM must specify: (1) the docket number of the proceeding (D.P.U. 18-81); (2) the name of the person or company submitting the filing; and (3) a brief descriptive title of the document.  All documents submitted in electronic format will be posted on the Department’s website:  http://www.mass.gov/dpu

A copy of the filing is available for public viewing during regular business hours at the Department, One South Station, 5th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110.  The filing is also available on the Department’s website, http://web1.env.state.ma.us/DPU/FileRoom/dockets/bynumber (enter “18-81”).   To request materials in accessible formats (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format) contact the Department’s ADA Coordinator at  DPUADACoordinator@mass.gov or (617) 305-3642.

Any person desiring further information regarding the Company’s filing should contact its counsel Shaela McNulty Collins, Esq.,  at (508) 836-7038.   For further information regarding this notice, please contact Jessica Ellis, Hearing Officer, Department of Public Utilities, at (617) 305-3626.

Any person interested in commenting on this matter may submit written comments no later than the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on October 3, 2018.   One original and two (2) copies of all written documents must be filed with Mark D. Marini, Secretary, Department of Public Utilities, One South Station, 5th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110.  In addition,

one copy of all written comments should be sent to the Company’s attorney, Shaela McNulty Collins, Esq.,  NiSource Corporate Services Company, 4 Technology Drive, Suite 250, Westborough, MA 01581.