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D.P.U. 21-50: Technical conference agenda

Agenda for July 24, 2023 technical session.

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I. Introduction

On June 27, 2023, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) issued a Hearing Officer Memorandum announcing a virtual technical conference on Monday, July 24, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to discuss the Department’s December 28, 2022 Interlocutory Order and Draft Policy on Enhancing Public Awareness and Participation (Draft Policy). Public Access Inquiry, D.P.U. 21-50, Hearing Officer Memorandum (June 27, 2023). The agenda is listed below.  

II. Agenda

  • Welcoming remarks and guidelines for participation
  • Tiering: Discuss the following tiering:
    • Tier 1 - Significant policy changes, big policy cases, fundamental changes to process
      • Base distribution rate cases
      • Significant notices of Inquiry: such as D.P.U. 20-80 Future of Gas Docket, D.P.U. 23-50, Basic Service Investigation
      • Mergers
      • Zoning exemptions
      • Proceedings that have a significant geographic specific impact on an environmental justice (EJ) population that is not shared by the rest the service territory. A tier 2 or tier 3 proceeding with a significant geographic-specific impact on an EJ population not shared by the rest of the service territory would rise to the tier 1 level
    • Tier 2 - Majority of cases with hearings
      • Advisory rulings
      • Rulemakings
      • Energy efficiency (EE) plans and term reports
      • Forecast and supply plans
      • Net metering (non-reconciling factors)
      • Municipal aggregations
      • Grid modernization plans and term reports
      • Financings
      • Electric vehicle plans
      • Long-term renewable contracts
      • Gas system enhancement plans (GSEP)
    • Tier 3 - Cases without the need for hearings
      • Assessments
      • Depreciation
      • Basic service filings
      • Consumer complaints; transportation network company driver appeals; dig safe adjudicatories; competitive supplier complaints
      • Special contracts
      • Emergency response plans
      • Gas adjustment factor filings
      • Service quality
      • Arrearage management plans
      • Reconciling mechanisms: true-ups, pension adjustment factors, revenue decoupling adjustment factors, EE reconciling factors, EE surcharges, net metering recovery surcharges, grid modernization filings, electric vehicles, GSEP reconciliation filings
      • Broker/retailer licenses
      • Informational/administrative filings
  • Outreach: Explore how outreach will be accomplished in accordance with the case tiering above, including the following topics:
    • Distribution company coordination with stakeholders;
    • Communications with municipal and community leaders;
    • Email and text distribution lists; and
    • Translation and interpretation. 
  • Plain language summaries with filings 
  • Next steps 
Date published: July 28, 2023

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