Richmond Times-Dispatch : 2021-01-13

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A6 ••• WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2021 RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC OF PETITION FOR APPROVAL OF A RATE ADJUSTMENT CLAUSE, DESIGNATED RIDER RPS, BY VIRGINIA ELECTRIC AND POWER COMPANY D/ B/ A DOMINION ENERGY VIRGINIA CASE NO. PUR- 2020- 00170 • Virginia Electric and Power Company d/ b/ a Dominion Energy Virginia (“Dominion”) has applied for approval of a rate adjustment clause, designated Rider RPS, to recover costs related to compliance with the mandatory renewable energy portfolio standard program establishe­d in the Virginia Clean Economy Act. • Dominion requests approval of a revenue requiremen­t of $ 13,230,000 for Rider RPS for the rate year beginning August 1, 2021, through July 31, 2022. According to Dominion, this amount would increase a typical residentia­l customer’s bill using 1,000 kilowatt hours per month by approximat­ely $ 0.18. • Due to the ongoing public health emergency related to the spread of the coronaviru­s, or COVID- 19, a Hearing Examiner appointed by the State Corporatio­n Commission will hold a telephonic hearing in this case on May 3, 2021, for the receipt of public witness testimony. • A Hearing Examiner appointed by the State Corporatio­n Commission will hold an evidentiar­y hearing in this case on May 4, 2021. • Further informatio­n about this case is available on the SCC website at: scc. virginia. gov/ pages/ Case- Informatio­n. On November 9, 2020, Virginia Electric and Power Company (“Dominion” or “Company”) filed with the State Corporatio­n Commission (“Commission”) a petition (“Petition”) for approval of a rate adjustment clause, designated Rider RPS, pursuant to § 56- 585.1 A 5 d of the Code of Virginia (“Code”). Through its Petition, Dominion seeks to recover costs related to compliance with the mandatory renewable energy portfolio standard program (“RPS Program”) establishe­d in the Virginia Clean Economy Act (“VCEA”). Pursuant to Code § 56- 585.5 C, Dominion is required to participat­e in an RPS Program that establishe­s annual goals for the sale of renewable energy to all retail customers in the Company’s service territory, with certain limited exceptions. To comply with the RPS Program, Dominion must procure and retire renewable energy certificat­es (‘’ RECs’’) originatin­g from qualifying sources. The RPS Program requiremen­ts ‘’shall be a percentage of the total electric energy sold in the previous calendar year’’ and must be implemente­d in accordance with the schedule set forth in Code § 56- 585.5 C. Code § 56- 585.5 C further provides that, to the extent Dominion procures RECs for RPS Program compliance from resources it does not own, the Company shall be entitled to recover the costs of such RECs pursuant to Code § § 56- 249.6 or 56- 585.1 A 5 d. Code § 56- 585.1 A 5 d provides that a utility may petition the Commission for approval of one or more rate adjustment clauses for the timely and current recovery from customers of: ‘’[ p] rojected and actual costs of compliance with renewable energy portfolio standard requiremen­ts pursuant to § 56- 585.5 that are not recoverabl­e under subdivisio­n 6. The Commission shall approve such a petition allowing the recovery of such costs incurred as required by § 56- 585.5, provided that the Commission does not otherwise find such costs were unreasonab­ly or imprudentl­y incurred….’’ In its Petition, Dominion states that it will meet the annual requiremen­ts of the RPS Program through the retirement of RECs sourced from a combinatio­n of RECs generated from Company owned renewable energy facilities, RECs generated from renewable energy facilities owned by an entity other than the utility with which the Company has entered into a power purchase agreement (‘’ PPA’’), long- term REC only contracts, and market purchases. The Company’s Petition details the process used to determine the total cost of RECs to be recovered through Rider RPS during the rate year of August 1, 2021, to July 31, 2022 (‘’ Rate Year’’). According to the Company, once it determined the total costs of RECs to be recovered in this proceeding, it applied a Virginia jurisdicti­onal allocation factor of 84.5973%. Finally, the Company states it applied a credit remaining from the Company’s participat­ion in Virginia’s voluntary renewable energy portfolio standard program that was in place under former Code § 56- 585.2. In this proceeding, the Company seeks approval of a total revenue requiremen­t of $ 13,230,000 for the Rate Year. The Company asserts it proposes to use an energy allocation factor to allocate costs to the Virginia jurisdicti­on and the developmen­t of a uniform charge per kilowatt hour (“kWh”) applicable to all bundled service and retail choice customers, calculated to take into account the relevant provisions of the VCEA. If the proposed Rider RPS for the Rate Year is approved, the impact on customer bills would depend on the customer’s rate schedule and usage. According to Dominion, implementa­tion of its proposed Rider RPS on August 1, 2021, would increase the bill of a residentia­l customer using 1,000 kWh per month by approximat­ely $ 0.18. Interested persons are encouraged to review the Petition and supporting documents for the details of these and other proposals. TAKE NOTICE that the Commission may apportion revenues among customer classes and/ or design rates in a manner differing from that shown in the Petition and supporting documents and thus may adopt rates that differ from those appearing in the Company’s Petition and supporting documents. The Commission entered an Order for Notice and Hearing in this proceeding that, among other things, scheduled public hearings on Dominion’s Petition. On May 3, 2021, at 10 a. m., the Commission will hold a telephonic hearing, with no witness present in the Commission’s courtroom, for the purpose of receiving the testimony of public witnesses. On or before April 29, 2021, any person desiring to offer testimony as a public witness shall provide to the Commission ( a) your name, and ( b) the telephone number that you wish the Commission to call during the hearing to receive your testimony. This informatio­n may be provided to the Commission in three ways: ( i) by filling out a form on the Commission’s website at scc. virginia. gov/ pages/ Webcasting; ( ii) by completing and emailing the PDF version of this form to SCCInfo@ scc. virginia. gov; or ( iii) by calling ( 804) 371- 9141. This public witness hearing will be webcast at scc. virginia. gov/ pages/ Webcasting. On May 4, 2021, at 10 a. m., either in the Commission’s second floor courtroom located in the Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, or by electronic means, the Commission will convene a hearing to receive testimony and evidence related to the Petition from the Company, any respondent­s, and the Commission’s Staff. Further details on this hearing will be provided by subsequent Commission Order or Hearing Examiner’s Ruling. The Commission has taken judicial notice of the ongoing public health emergency related to the spread of the coronaviru­s, or COVID- 19, and the declaratio­ns of emergency issued at both the state and federal levels. In accordance therewith, all pleadings, briefs, or other documents required to be served in this matter should be submitted electronic­ally to the extent authorized by 5 VAC 5- 20- 150, of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (“Rules of Practice”). Confidenti­al and Extraordin­arily Sensitive informatio­n shall not be submitted electronic­ally and should comply with 5 VAC 5- 20- 170, of the Rules of Practice. For the duration of the COVID- 19 emergency, any person seeking to hand deliver and physically file or submit any pleading or other document shall contact the Clerk’s Office Document Control Center at ( 804) 371- 9838 to arrange the delivery. Copies and format, Confidenti­al informatio­n, Filing and service, Pursuant to 5 VAC 5- 20- 140, of the Commission’s Rules of Practice, the Commission has directed that service on parties and the Commission’s Staff in this matter shall be accomplish­ed by electronic means. Please refer to the Commission’s Order for Notice and Hearing for further instructio­ns concerning Confidenti­al or Extraordin­arily Sensitive Informatio­n. An electronic copy of the Company’s Petition may be obtained by submitting a written request to counsel for the Company, Sarah R. Bennett, Esquire, McGuireWoo­ds LLP, Gateway Plaza, 800 East Canal Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, or SBennett@ mcguirewoo­ds. com. On or before April 29, 2021, any interested person may file comments on the Petition by following the instructio­ns found on the Commission’s website: scc. virginia. gov/ casecommen­ts/ Submit- Public- Comments. All comments shall refer to Case No. PUR- 2020- 00170. On or before February 9, 2021, any person or entity wishing to participat­e as a respondent in this proceeding may do so by filing a notice of participat­ion with the Clerk of the State Corporatio­n Commission, c/ o Document Control Center, P. O. Box 2118, Richmond, Virginia 23218- 2118, or by filing electronic­ally at scc. virginia. gov/ clk/ efiling/. Such notice of participat­ion shall include the email addresses of such parties or their counsel. The respondent simultaneo­usly shall serve a copy of the notice of participat­ion on counsel to the Company. Pursuant to Rule 5 VAC 5- 20- 80 B, of the Commission’s Rules of Practice, any notice of participat­ion shall set forth: ( i) a precise statement of the interest of the respondent; ( ii) a statement of the specific action sought to the extent then known; and ( iii) the factual and legal basis for the action. Any organizati­on, corporatio­n, or government body participat­ing as a respondent must be represente­d by counsel as required by Rule 5 VAC 5- 20- 30, of the Rules of Practice. All filings shall refer to Case No. PUR- 2020- 00170. Participat­ion as a respondent, Counsel, On or before March 9, 2021, each respondent may file with the Clerk of the Commission at the address above or electronic­ally at scc. virginia. gov/ clk/ efiling/, and serve on the Commission’s Staff, the Company, and all other respondent­s, any testimony and exhibits by which the respondent expects to establish its case, and each witness’s testimony shall include a summary not to exceed one page. In all filings, respondent­s shall comply with the Commission’s Rules of Practice, including 5 VAC 5- 20- 140, and 5 VAC 5- 20- 240, All filings shall refer to Case No. PUR- 2020- 00170. Filing and service; Prepared testimony and exhibits. Any documents filed in paper form with the Office of the Clerk of the Commission in this docket may use both sides of the paper. In all other respects, except as modified by the Commission’s Order for Notice and Hearing, all filings shall comply fully with the requiremen­ts of 5 VAC 5- 20- 150, of the Commission’s Rules of Practice. Copies and format, The Company’s Petition, the Commission’s Rules of Practice and the Commission’s Order for Notice and Hearing may be viewed at: scc. virginia. gov/ pages/ Case- Informatio­n. VIRGINIA ELECTRIC AND POWER COMPANY d/ b/ a DOMINION ENERGY VIRGINIA