Thursday, May 17, 2018

PUC Updates Utility Ratemaking Guide For Consumers, New Practitioners

The Public Utility Commission Thursday announced the availability of an updated publication of “A Guide to Utility Ratemaking.”
PUC Commissioner Norman J. Kennard recently updated the original handbook he wrote more than 35 years ago with former PUC Commissioner James H. Cawley.
The new 190-page handbook is designed as an introduction to ratemaking for customers and new practitioners and also is a research tool for the more advanced participant.
It updates the 1983 discussion of test year ratemaking and addresses many innovations that have made Pennsylvania a national leader in the field, including the distribution system improvement surcharge, fully projected future test year and revenue decoupling.
Also updated are industry descriptions that have changed with competition and other variables, and the handbook contains a thorough guide to the procedures used by the Commission to set rates.
“This rewritten version replaces the 35-year-old original. Everything is different – the economy, technology, the state of utility infrastructure and the art of regulation. What is unchanged is the inventiveness and dedication of the employees of this Commission who rise to the challenge every day,” said Commissioner Kennard.
Former Commissioner Cawley added: “This second edition of the Rate Case Handbook, updated with my hearty encouragement, is a giant leap forward from the 1983 version and is certain to be a very useful guide for rate case beginners and veterans alike as well as a reliable aid to Pennsylvania’s appellate courts.”
Click Here for a copy of the Guide.

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