The Public Utility Commission Thursday approved jointly the petitions of Duquesne Light Company for the company’s Long-Term Infrastructure Improvement Plan and to implement a distribution system improvement charge to help fund and support the accelerated work schedule proposed in the company’s LTIIP.
The Commission voted 5-0 to approve both petitions, which were filed pursuant to Act 11 of 2012 (Act 11).
Act 11 requires and provides for utilities to file LTIIPs as part of any action to establish a DSIC to recover reasonable and prudent costs incurred to repair, improve or replace certain eligible distribution property that is part of a utility’s distribution system.
On April 15, 2016, Duquesne Light filed its LTIIP petition seeking to accelerate the repair, improvement and replacement of aging infrastructure for the six-year period beginning Jan. 1, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2022.
Subsequently, the company filed a petition on May 26, 2016, for approval of a DSIC to take effect on Oct. 1, 2016. Duquesne Light estimates an initial DSIC charge of .36 percent of customer distribution charges.
Duquesne Light serves approximately 590,000 customers in portions of Allegheny and Beaver counties.
Previously, the Commission had approved LTIIPs for several other electric and natural gas utilities across Pennsylvania.For more information on this program, visit the PUC’s Distribution System Improvement Charge webpage.