Unitil Energy Systems, Inc., 073120 NHPUC, 26, 388

Docket Nº:Order 26, 388
Opinion Judge:DIANNE MARTIN, CHAIRMAN
Judge Panel:Kathryn M. Bailey, Michael S. Giaimo Commissioners
Case Date:July 31, 2020
 
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UNITIL ENERGY SYSTEMS, INC.

Order No. 26, 388

DE 20-098

New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission

July 31, 2020

Annual Reconciliation and Rate Filing for Stranded Costs and External Delivery Charge

Order Approving Rate Adjustments

Gary Epler, Esq., on behalf of Unitil Energy Systems; and F. Anne Ross, Esq., on behalf of Commission Staff.

DIANNE MARTIN, CHAIRMAN

This order approves Unitil's stranded cost charge and external delivery charge reconciliation, with rates effective on and after August 1, 2020. Under the new rates, average monthly bills for residential customers on default service using 650 kilowatt hours per month will increase approximately 6.7 percent. Monthly bills for Large General Service, General Service, and Outdoor Lighting customers will increase approximately 10.9 percent, 7.7 percent, and 3.4 percent, respectively.

I.

PROCEDURAL HISTORY

On June 17, 2020, Unitil Energy Systems, Inc. (Unitil or the Company), filed its annual reconciliation of adjustable rate mechanisms, along with supporting testimony, exhibits, and a proposed tariff. The adjustable rate mechanisms are included in Unitil's stranded cost charge (SCC) and external delivery charge (EDC). The Commission suspended the tariff and scheduled a hearing. See Order No. 26, 378 (July 2, 2020). A hearing was held as scheduled on July 20.

Unitil's petition and subsequent docket filings, other than any information for which confidential treatment is requested of or granted by the Commission, are posted on the Commission's website at http://www.puc.nh.gov/Regulatory/Docketbk/2020/20-098.html.

II.

POSITIONS OF THE PARTIES AND STAFF

A. Unitil

In its petition, Unitil proposed the tariff changes for effect with services rendered on and after August 1, 2020. The proposed changes result in an overall average bill increase for a residential customer on default service using 650 kilowatt hours (kWh) per month of about 6.7 percent. Monthly bills for Large General Service (G1), General Service (G2), and Outdoor Lighting (OL) customers will increase approximately 10.9 percent, 7.7 percent, and 3.4 percent, respectively.

1. Stranded Cost Charge

The Company's stranded cost charge (SCC) recovers contract release payments that Unitil pays to Unitil Power Corp. (UPC), in accordance with the Amended Unitil System Agreement, which was approved in Concord Electric Company, Order No. 24, 072 (October 25, 2002). The...

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