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NOTICE OF FILING AND REQUEST FOR COMMENTS

Feb 17, 2019
D.P.U. 19-14 February 12, 2019

Petition of Bay State Gas Company, d/b/a Columbia Gas of Massachusetts for approval of its Revenue Decoupling Adjustment Factors for the 2019 Off-Peak Period, May 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019.


On January 30, 2019, 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 May 1, 2019.
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. 19-14.

The Company proposes RDAFs of $0.0649 per therm for residential customers,
$0.0589 per therm for low annual commercial and industrial customers (“C&I”), $0.0274 per therm for medium annual C&I customers, $0.0158 per therm for high annual C&I customers, and $0.0080 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 29 therms per month during the off-peak period will experience a bill increase of $0.38 or 0.87 percent as compared to the previously effective off-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 an increase of 0.59 percent to 1.29 percent as compared to last year’s off-peak period RDAF.  For specific bill impacts, please contact the Company as shown below.

Any person interested in commenting on this matter may submit written comments no later than the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on April 12, 2019.   One original copy 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.

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. 19-14); (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 “19-14”). 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) 305-3500.\

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) 305-3500.