The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking on "Standards of Communication Among Natural Gas Pipeline Companies and their Customers" (Docket No....
Sound bites from state and federal regulators.
Metering and Service Termination. Pennsylvania proposes two new meter-testing formats for LDCs: 1) a statistical sampling method that categorizes meters based on technology, design, manufacture, model, and operating characteristics; and 2) a variable interval approach that ties the retirement rate for a meter category to level of accuracy. Docket No. L-00960116, Mar. 28, 1996 (Pa.P.U.C.).
Mandates a 10-day advance warning of utility service termination to health-care facilities, to agencies that regulate such facilities, and to the PUC. Docket No. L-00960115, Mar. 28, 1996 (Pa.P.U.C.).
Allows PECO Energy Co. to offer prepayment meters to "payment-troubled" low-income customers on a voluntary basis. Docket Nos.
R-00953515, Mar. 28, 1996 (Pa.P.U.C.).
Local Service and Resale Rates. Washington denies rate increase to U S WEST Communications, Inc. Sets local service rate at $10.50. Directs LEC to resell local service to new competitors at the currently tariffed rate less the company's avoided cost. Docket No. UT-950200, Apr. 11, 1996 (Wash.U.T.C.).
LEC Discount Plan. Minnesota rejects a 15% LEC discount to business customers as well as a 25% discount to customers that sign a
5-year contract for the specialized service that permits businesses with multiple locations (such as pizzerias) to receive incoming calls for all locations at one number. Docket No. P-421/EM-95-1245, May 7, 1996 (Minn.P.U.C.).
Peak-day Pricing. Virginia approves utility request to terminate residential peak-day pricing experiment due to lack of customer participation. Case No. PUE930032, May 13, 1996 (Va.S.C.C.).
Electric Restructuring. Minnesota adopts principles and "action steps" to guide its investigation of electric industry restructuring. Emphasizes a deliberate "step-wise" approach that entails unbundling rates and services while maintaining utility obligation to provide distribution service. Docket No. E-999/CI-95-135, May 14, 1996 (Minn.P.U.C.). t
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