D.P.U. 19-103 Notice of Filing and Request for Comments

NOTICE OF FILING AND REQUEST FOR COMMENTS

D.P.U. 19-103 August 26, 2019

Petition of Bay State Gas Company d/b/a Columbia Gas of Massachusetts for approval of its annual pension adjustment factor reconciliation filing for effect November 1, 2019.

On August 1, 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 annual pension and post-retirement benefits other than pensions (“PBOP”) adjustment factors (“PAFs”). The Company made this filing pursuant to Bay State Gas Company, D.P.U. 05-27 (2005); Bay State Gas Company, D.P.U. 15-50 (2015); and M.D.P.U. No. 323. The Department has docketed this matter as D.P.U. 19-103. In separate filings, the Company is proposing other changes to its rates effective November 1, 2019, that may also have an impact on customers’ bills. See Bay State Gas Company, D.P.U. 19-GAF-P1.

The Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (“Attorney General”) filed a notice to intervene in this matter pursuant  to G.L.  c. 12, §  11E(a).  Further, pursuant   to G.L. c. 12, § 11E(b), the Attorney General filed a notice of intent to retain experts and consultants to assist her investigation of the Company’s filing, and has requested Department approval to spend up to $150,000 in this regard. Pursuant to G.L. c. 12, § 11E(b), the costs incurred by the Attorney General relative to her retention of experts and consultants may be recovered in the Company’s rates. Any person who desires to comment on the Attorney General’s  notice of intent to retain experts and consultants may submit written comments to   the Department not later than the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

The Company proposes the following PAFs, effective November 1, 2019, and included for billing purposes in the Company’s local distribution adjustment factor:

Rate ClassesPAF (per therm)
Residential (R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4, T-R1, T-R2, T-R3, and T-R4)$0.0161
Commercial/Industrial Low Annual Use (G-40, G-50, T-40, T-50)$0.0166
Commercial/Industrial Medium Annual Use (G-41, G-51, T-41, T-51)$0.0075
Commercial/Industrial High Annual Use (G-42, G-52, T-42, T-52)$0.0050
Commercial/Industrial Extra High Annual Use (G-43, G-53, T-43, T-53)$0.0036

Any person who desires to file written comments or to participate otherwise in this proceeding shall file written comments or a petition for leave to intervene no later than the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. One original and one (1) 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 attorneys, Kenneth W. Christman, Esq., NiSource Corporate Services Company, 121 Champion Way, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania 15317.

A petition for leave to intervene must satisfy the timing and substantive  requirements of 220 CMR 1.03. Receipt by the Department, not mailing, constitutes filing and determines whether a petition has been timely filed. A petition filed late may be disallowed as untimely, unless good cause is shown for waiver under 220 CMR 1.01(4). To be allowed, a petition  under 220 CMR 1.03(1) must satisfy the standing requirements of G.L. c. 30A, § 10.

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@state.ma.us and the hearing officer, Sarah Spruce, at sarah.spruce@mass.gov or (2) on a CD-ROM. The text of the e-mail or CD-ROM label must specify: (1) the docket number of the proceeding (D.P.U. 19-103); (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://web1.env.state.ma.us/DPU/FileRoom/dockets/bynumber (enter docket number “19-103”).

A copy of the filing is available for public viewing during regular business hours at the offices of 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 “19-103”). To request materials in accessible formats (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), contact the Department’s ADA Coordinator at DPUADACoordinator@state.ma.us or 1-617-305-3500.

Any person desiring further information regarding the Company’s filing should contact counsel for the Company, Kenneth W. Christman, Esq. at 1-724-416-6315. For further information regarding this notice, please contact Sarah Spruce, Hearing Officer, Department of Public Utilities, at 1-617-305-3500.

  

D.P.U. 19-104 Notice of Filing and Request for Comments

NOTICE OF FILING AND REQUEST FOR COMMENTS

D.P.U. 19-104 August 23, 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 Peak Period, November 1, 2019 through April 30, 2020.

On August 1, 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 November 1, 2019. This filing was made pursuant to: Bay State Gas Company, D.P.U. 15-50 (2016); Reduction in Federal Income Tax Rates, D.P.U. 18-15-A (2018); 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. 19-104.

The Company proposes RDAF credits of $0.0179 per therm for residential customers, $0.0166 per therm for low annual commercial and industrial customers (“C&I”), $0.0098 per therm for medium annual C&I customers, $0.0089 per therm for high annual C&I customers, and $0.0070 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 increase  of $1.93 or 1.00  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 an increase of 0.61 percent to 1.00 percent as compared to last year’s 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 October 16, 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, Kenneth W. Christman, Esq., NiSource Corporate Services Company, 121 Champion Way, Suite 100, Canonsburg, PA 15317.

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.19-104); (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 “19-104”). To request materials in accessible formats (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format) contact the Department’s ADA Coordinator at DPUADACoordinator@mass.gov or 1-617-305-3500.

Any person desiring further information regarding the Company’s filing should contact its counsel, Kenneth W. Christman, Esq., at 1-724-416-6315. For further information regarding this notice, please contact Jessica Ellis, Hearing Officer, Department  of Public Utilities, at 1-617-305-3500

 

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