On March 8, 2016, the Department adopted regulations that permit the filing of certain documents in electronic format pursuant to the Department’s Electronic Filing Guidelines. E-filing Rulemaking (Executive Order 562), D.P.U. 15-183-A; see also 220 C.M.R. §§ 1.02(b), 250.02(2); Transportation Rulemaking (Executive Order 562), D.P.U. 15-185-A. The Electronic Filing Guidelines, however, remain under consideration in Investigation to Establish Electronic Filing Guidelines, D.P.U. 15-184. See D.P.U. 15-183-A at 11 n.6.
Until the Department establishes final Electronic Filing Guidelines, parties and other persons filing documents with the Department pursuant to 220 C.M.R. §§ 1.00, 2.00, 5.00, 11.00, 14.00, 79.00, and 250.00, shall continue to follow the paper filing requirements contained in those regulations unless otherwise directed by the Hearing Officer assigned to the docket. All documents filed in Department proceedings must comply with the filing requirements set forth in 220 C.M.R. § 1.00 , including the requirement that said documents be submitted on paper to Mark D. Marini, Secretary, Department of Public Utilities, One South Station, Boston, Massachusetts 02110.
Initial petitions, applications, or filings must conform to the relevant Massachusetts general laws and regulations and be accompanied by any applicable filing fee as set forth in 801 C.M.R. § 4.02.
All documents should also be submitted to the Department in electronic format using one of the following methods: (1) by e-mail attachment to email@example.com and the hearing officer [first name.last firstname.lastname@example.org]; or (2) on a CD-ROM. The text of the e-mail, or CD-ROM label must specify: (1) the docket number of the proceeding (D.P.U. ##-##); (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. The Department strongly encourages filers to avoid submitting scanned files but will accept them for posting when an alternative version does not exist in electronic format. In addition, if the petitioner, applicant, or any other participant has already filed a document relevant to this proceeding, such as the initial petition, application, or filing, without providing an electronic copy of that document, such entity is directed to do so in compliance with the above electronic filing requirements as soon as practicable. All documents submitted in electronic format will be posted on the Department's website: http://www.mass.gov/dpu .
Questions about filing documents in specific dockets shall be directed to the Hearing Officer assigned to that proceeding.
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