MA-Utilities caught with their hands in the cookie jar, again?

Massachusetts DPU is keeping this hush, hush, but the rate payers want to know what the hell is going on?….Sandaura

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts ——DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND PROCEDURAL CONFERENCE

D.P.U. 16-28 June 7, 2016

Petition of Massachusetts Electric Company and Nantucket Electric Company d/b/a National Grid for approval of its smart grid pilot program rate adjustment and reconciliation filing.

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On March 15, 2016, Massachusetts Electric Company and Nantucket Electric Company d/b/a National Grid (“National Grid” or “Company”), filed with the Department of Public Utilities (“Department”), a request to recover costs incurred in 2015 related to its smart grid pilot program. To recover these costs, the Company sought approval of the following revised factors for effect May 1, 2016: (1) revised Smart Grid Distribution Adjustment Factors (“SGDAF”) pursuant to its smart grid adjustment provision tariff, M.D.P.U. No. 1238; and (2) revised Smart Grid Customer Cost Adjustment Factors (“SGCCAF”), pursuant to its basic service tariff, M.D.P.U. No. 1250. The Department docketed this matter as D.P.U. 16-28. On April 29, 2016, the Department approved the Company’s proposed SGDAFs and SGCCAFs for effect May 1, 2016, subject to reconciliation after further investigation.

The Company’s smart grid pilot program was approved by the Department pursuant to St. 2008, c. 169, § 85, in Massachusetts Electric Company and Nantucket Electric Company, D.P.U. 11-129 (2012). Pursuant to D.P.U. 11-129, grid-facing pilot program costs are recovered from all distribution customers and customer-facing pilot program costs are recovered from basic service customers.

In the current proceeding, the Company seeks to recover $5,837,114 in grid-facing pilot program costs from its distribution customers, which represents grid-facing pilot program costs incurred in 2015 plus an under-recovery of pilot program costs from prior years. In addition, the Company seeks to recover $8,954,786 in customer-facing pilot program costs from its basic service customers, which represents customer-facing pilot program costs incurred in 2015 plus an under-recovery of pilot program costs from prior years. If the Department approves the Company’s request as proposed, the monthly bill for a typical Massachusetts Electric Company and Nantucket Electric Company residential basic service customer (i.e., a customer using 600 kilowatt-hours (“kWh”) of electricity per month) will decrease by $0.23, or 0.2 percent. Commercial and industrial customers should contact the Company for bill impacts. D.P.U. 16-28 Page 2

The Department will hold a public hearing to receive comments on National Grid’s proposal at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the Department’s offices, One South Station, Boston, Massachusetts. Any person who desires to comment may do so at the time of the public hearing or may submit written comments no later than the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. The public hearing will be immediately followed by a procedural conference.

Any person who desires to participate in the evidentiary phase of this proceeding must file a written petition for leave to intervene with the Department not later than the close of business on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. A petition for leave to intervene must satisfy the timing and substantive requirements of 220 C.M.R. § 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 C.M.R. § 1.01(4). To be allowed, a petition under 220 C.M.R. § 1.03(1) must satisfy the standing requirements of G.L. c. 30A, § 10.

The Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (“Attorney General”) has 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 has filed a notice of retention of experts and consultants to assist in 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 seeks to intervene in this matter and also desires to comment on the Attorney General’s notice of retention of experts and consultants must file the comments no later than the close of business on Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

Petitions for leave to intervene and comments should be addressed to: Mark D. Marini, Secretary, Department of Public Utilities, One South Station, Boston, Massachusetts 02110. Receipt by the Department, not mailing, constitutes filing.

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 [alan.topalian@state.ma.us]; 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. 16-28); (2) the name of the person or company submitting the filing; and (3) a brief descriptive title of the document. The electronic filing should also include the name, title, and telephone number of a person to contact in the event of questions about the filing.

A copy of National Grid’s filing is available for public inspection during regular business hours at National Grid’s offices, 40 Sylvan Road, Waltham, Massachusetts 02451. The Department’s files are available for public inspection during regular business hours at the Department’s offices, One South Station, 5th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110. In addition, electronic filings are available on the Department’s website (insert Docket Number 16-28), at http://web1.env.state.ma.us/DPU/FileRoom/dockets/bynumber. Any person desiring further information regarding the Company’s filing should contact the Company’s counsel, Melissa D.P.U. 16-28 Page 3

Liazos, Esq. at (781) 907-2108. Any person desiring further information regarding this notice should contact Alan Topalian, Hearing Officer, Department of Public Utilities at (617) 305-3647

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