MA-Ago calls for Smart Grid Pilot Program in Worcester, Massachusetts (“Pilot Program”) INVESTIGATION…

THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
ONE ASHBURTON PLACE
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS 02108
(617) 727-2200
(617) 727-4765 TTY
http://www.mass.gov/ago

Mark D. Marini, Secretary
Department of Public Utilities
One South Station, 5th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02110

Re: Massachusetts Electric Company and Nantucket Electric Company each d/b/a

National Grid, D.P.U. 17-53

Dear Secretary Marini:

On March 15, 2017, Massachusetts Electric Company and Nantucket Electric Company d/b/a National Grid (“Company”) filed a petition with the Department of Public Utilities (“Department”) seeking approval of recovery of the Company’s costs through December 31, 2016 for its Smart Grid Pilot Program in Worcester, Massachusetts (“Pilot Program”), and for approval of the Company’s proposed Smart Grid Customer Cost Adjustment Factors (“SGCCAFs”) and Smart Grid Distribution Factors (“SGDAFs”), for effect May 1, 2017. Pursuant to the Department’s April 7, 2017 Notice of Filing and Request for Comments, the Office of the Attorney General submits this letter as its preliminary comments.
The Office of the Attorney General requests that the Department fully investigate the Company’s proposed recovery of its Pilot Program costs and its proposed SGCCAFs and SGDAFs in an administrative adjudication. Such formal investigation should provide the opportunity for a full procedural schedule with dates for discovery, expert testimony, evidentiary hearings, and submission of briefs, and should comply with all other requirements set forth in G.L. c. 30A, § 11.1
Sincerely,
/s/ Alexander M. Early
Alexander M. Early
Assistant Attorney General
cc: Alan Topalian, Hearing Officer
Service List
1 See the Attorney General’s Notice of Intervention filed in this docket for a description of the Office of the Attorney General’s authority to participate in this proceeding pursuant to G.L. c. 12, §§10 and 11E and the common

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