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Public Utilities Commission

1999-2000 Regulatory Agenda


UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 65-407
AGENCY NAME: Maine Public Utilities Commission
CONTACT PERSON: Joanne Steneck, General Counsel, State House Station 18, Augusta, ME 04333. Tel: (207) 287-3831

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 1999-2000 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS: At this time, the Commission does not anticipate engaging in the consensus-based rule development process described in 5 MRSA Section 8051-B during 1999-2000.

CHAPTER 110: Rules of Practice and Procedure
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111 and 1311-A; 5 MRSA Section 8051
PURPOSE: To consider various changes to the Commission's rules of practice and procedure relating to customer notice; data requests and responses; party status of lead and other complainants under 35-A MRSA Section 1302; numbering of filed pages; applicability of Section 305(b) (computation of time) to exclude filings required by procedural orders; admitting responses to data requests by the Commission, to include a procedure for objections similar to that for the admission of late-filed exhibits by parties; tables of contents in prefiled testimony; procedures for handling confidential materials; and protective orders.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: All utilities subject to the Commissionžs jurisdiction and their customers.

CHAPTER 120: Filing Requirements for Schedules of Rates, Tolls, Charges, Rules and Regulations
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111, 301, 304, 307, 310, 3502 and 6104
PURPOSE: To consider various changes to the filing requirements set forth in the rule including those pertaining to service territory maps; notice provisions for rate cases filed pursuant to Section 6104 or Section 3502 regarding customer petitions for Commission review; the definition of "general rate case" (increase in revenues of more than 2%; (2.E) to the statutory definition (35-A MRSA Section 307) (increase in revenues of more than 1%); direct notice of certain rate changes; and requirements for filings of proposed changes to utility rate schedules and terms and conditions to improve the method of indicating the changes that have been proposed.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: All utilities subject to the Commission's jurisdiction and their customers.

CHAPTER 200: Reporting Requirements for Local Exchange Carriers
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111, 301 and 801 to 808
PURPOSE: To update the items required to be reported and to simplify reporting requirements.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Winter 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: All telephone utilities providing local exchange service in the State of Maine.

CHAPTER 210: Uniform System of Accounts for Telephone Utilities
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 107, 111, 112, 501, 502, 504 and 505
PURPOSE: To conform the rule to the nationally-established Uniform System of Accounts.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Spring 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: All telephone utilities.

CHAPTER 220: Retroactive Telephone Inter-Company Settlements
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111, 112, 1301, 2101, 2102, 2105and 2107 and 8901
PURPOSE: To conform the rule to the nationally-established Uniform System of Accounts and to consider changes to certain definitions.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Spring 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: All telephone utilities.

CHAPTER 250: Coin-Operated Telephone Service
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111, 301, 307, 704, 1301, 1306 to 1308, 2101, 2105, 2110, 7101, 7301 and 7503
PURPOSE: To conform the rule to statutory and federal regulatory changes.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Spring 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: All telephone utilities that provide coin-operated telephone service and users and coin-operated telephones.

CHAPTER 280: Provision of Competitive Telecommunications Services
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111 and 7101-B
PURPOSE: To update provisions to conform to the governing statute.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Spring 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: All telephone utilities that provide intrastate interexchange service in the State of Maine and their customers.

CHAPTER 290: Standards for Telecommunications Billing, Credit and Collection, and Customer Information
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111 and 704
PURPOSE: To establish credit and collection practices for telecommunications carriers.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Spring 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: All telephone utilities operating in Maine and their customers.

CHAPTER 2XX: Telecommunications Carriers Process for Abandoning Service
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111 and 1104
PURPOSE: To establish a standard process whereby telecommunications will be authorized to abandon service if they comply with the specified process and notice requirements contained in the rule.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Winter 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: All telephone utilities operating in Maine.

CHAPTER 2XX: Registration Requirements and Customer Authorization Procedures for Billing Aggregators
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111 and 7107
PURPOSE: To establish customer authorization procedures for charges added to telephone bills, as well as registration procedures for billing aggregators.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Fall 1999
AFFECTED PARTIES: All telephone utilities that provide billing services to customers, as well as all billing aggregators that bill through telephone companies, and their customers.

CHAPTER 2XX: Certification of Competitive Interexchange Carriers
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111, 304, 307 and 2102
PURPOSE: To consider simplifying the registration and filing requirements for competitive interexchange carriers.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Spring 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: All competitive interexchange carriers and their customers.

CHAPTER 2XX: Funding for Access to Technology for Schools and Libraries
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111 and 7104-B
PURPOSE: To establish the process for assessing telecommunications carriers for the telecommunications education access fund and for distributing funding to Mainežs schools and libraries.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Winter 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: Telephone utilities and all Maine citizens.

CHAPTER 302: Consumer Education Program: Electric Industry Restructuring
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111 and 3213
PURPOSE: To amend the rule to conform with recent Maine Law Court decision, 1999 ME 119.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Winter 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: Electric utilities, competitive electricity providers and their customers.

CHAPTER 304: Standards of Conduct for Transmission and Distribution Utilities and Affiliated Competitive Electricity Providers
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111, 3295, 3206, 3207 and 3203(9), Resolve 1999, ch. 36
PURPOSE: To amend the rules to conform to P.L. 1999, ch. 237 and to make minor implementation modifications.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Fall 1999/Winter 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: All electric utilities, competitive electricity providers and their customers.

CHAPTER 305: Licensing Requirements, Annual Reporting, Enforcement and Consumer Protection Provisions for Competitive Provision of Electricity
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111 and 3203 (16-A) and (18)
PURPOSE: To amend the rules to conform it with recent statutory changes P.L. 1999, ch. 237; P.L. 1999, ch. 398, Part J and to make minor implementation modifications.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Fall 1999/Winter 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: All electric utilities, competitive electricity providers and their customers.

CHAPTER 306: Uniform Information Disclosure and Informational Filing Requirements
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111, 1301 and 3203(3)
PURPOSE: To conform rules to be consistent with electric restructuring. ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Spring 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: All electric utilities, competitive electricity providers and their customers.

CHAPTER 312: Voluntary Renewable Resource Research and Development Fund
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111, 1301, 3203(9) and 3210 (5)(6)
PURPOSE: To amend the rule to conform to recent statutory changes in P.L. 1999, ch. 372; 35-A MRSA Section 3210(5)(6)
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Fall 1999/Winter 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: Electric utilities, competitive electricity providers and their customers.

CHAPTER 321: Load Obligations and Settlements for Competitive Providers of Electricity
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111, 1301, 3202(1) and (2) and 3203(9)
PURPOSE: To amend settlements process so that participants need not be members of the power pool and to make minor implementation modifications.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Fall 1999/Winter 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: All electric utilities, competitive electricity providers and their customers.

CHAPTER 322: Metering, Billing, Collections and Enrollment Interactions Among Transmission and Distribution Utilities and Competitive Electricity Providers
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111, 1301, 3202(1) and (2) and 3203(9)
PURPOSE: To amend the partial payment allocation provisions and to make minor implementation modifications.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Fall 1999
AFFECTED PARTIES: All electric utilities, competitive electricity providers and their customers.

CHAPTER 324: Electric Billing and Metering Competition
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111 and 3202
PURPOSE: To establish industry rules and protocols governing electric billing and metering competition.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: All electric utilities, competitive electricity providers and their customers.

CHAPTER 380: Energy Efficiency Programs
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111 and 3211
PURPOSE: To establish guidelines for energy efficiency programs to be implemented by transmission and distribution utilities.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Fall 1999
AFFECTED PARTIES: All electric utilities and their customers; providers of energy efficiency programs.

CHAPTER 4XX: Safety of Gas Transmission and Distribution Systems
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111 and 4702
PURPOSE: To amend the rule to add safety standards and reporting requirements for central tank systems or a petroleum gas systems that serve 10 or more customers or are located in a public place.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Winter 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: Certain gas utilities and the general public.

CHAPTER 4XX: Natural Gas Unbundling
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111 and 4709
PURPOSE: To establish requirements for licensing gas marketers, codes of conduct, consumer protection, capacity assignments and other areas affected by unbundling.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Winter 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: Gas utilities, gas marketers and their customers.

CHAPTER 510: Authorization and Operation of Water Common Carriers
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111 and 5101-5101-E
PURPOSE: To conform the rule to statutory provisions.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Winter 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: Casco Bay ferries and passengers

CHAPTER 620: Service Standards for Water Utilities
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111, 301 and 6106
PURPOSE: To conform the rule to changes in 35-A MRSA Section 6106.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Winter 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: All water utilities and their customers

CHAPTER 630: Major Construction Projects of Water Utilities
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111, 301, 1301 and 6102
PURPOSE: To consider amendments to make the rule consistent with amendments to 35-A MRSA Section 6102, primarily a new provision requiring a utility undertaking a project required by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act to file and make publicly available cost estimates of the utilityžs preferred and alternate plans.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Winter 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: All water utilities

CHAPTER 650: Water Utility Main Extensions
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111, 301 and 6106
PURPOSE: To conform Chapter 650 to 35-A MRSA Section 6106 and to rewrite the rule in plain language; to reorganize the rule to promote clarity; and to consider modifications to selected provisions.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Spring 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: All water utilities and their customers and persons requesting a water main extension.

CHAPTER 690: Determination of Fire Protection Revenues for Water Utilities
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111, 301, 502 and 6106
PURPOSE: To conform the rule to changes made to Chapter 650 (described above).
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Spring 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: All water utilities, municipalities and customers of water utilities.

CHAPTER 6XX: Water Supply Emergencies
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111 and 301
PURPOSE: To establish criteria to allow water utilities to restrict water usage in emergency situations.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Fall 1999
AFFECTED PARTIES: All water utilities and their customers.

CHAPTER 810: Residential Utility Service Standards for Credit and Collection Programs
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111 and 704
PURPOSE: To conform rules to be consistent with electric restructuring.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Spring 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: All electric utilities, competitive electricity providers and their customers.

CHAPTER 820: Non-Core Utility Activities and Transactions Between Affiliates
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111, 503, 707, 708, 713, 714 and 715
PURPOSE: To conform the rule to recent statutory changes and to make other minor changes.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Fall 1999
AFFECTED PARTIES: All Maine utilities.

CHAPTER 860: Disconnection and Deposit Regulations for Nonresidential Utility Services
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111, 704 and 705
PURPOSE: To conform rules to be consistent with electric restructuring.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Spring 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: All electric utilities, competitive electricity providers and their customers.

CHAPTER 910: Safety of Overhead Utility Lines Crossing Water and Adjacent Areas Suitable for Rigging, Launching and Operating Boats
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA Sections 111 and 301(1)
PURPOSE: To conform the rule to statutory amendments.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Spring 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: All electric utilities and boaters.


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