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2007-2008 Regulatory Agendas

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Public Utilities Commission


407: PUC - General
625: Emergency Services Communication Bureau


AGENCY UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 65-407
AGENCY NAME: Maine Public Utilities Commission

CONTACT PERSON: Joanne B. Steneck, General Counsel, State House Station 18, Augusta, ME 04333. Tel: (207)287-1390; E-mail: Joanne.steneck@maine.gov

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

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 §8051-B during 2007-2008.

EXPECTED 2007-2008 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER 140: Utility Service and Infrastructure Maps
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA §§ 111, 301, 2102-2105, 2110
PURPOSE: To amend rule based on Commission’s experience operating under the rule.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2008
AFFECTED PARTIES: All utilities.

CHAPTER 200: Telecommunication Carriers Reporting Requirements for Service Interruptions
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA §§ 111, 301, 801-808
PURPOSE: To consider changes to reporting requirements for service interruptions.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Winter 2008
AFFECTED PARTIES: All telephone utilities.

CHAPTER 210: Uniform System of Accounts for Telephone Utilities
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA §§ 107, 111, 112, 501, 502, 504, 505, 507
PURPOSE: To conform the rule to the nationally established Uniform System of Accounts and update Annual Report requirements.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2008
AFFECTED PARTIES: All telephone utilities.

CHAPTER 206: Standards for Designating and Certifying Eligible Telecommunication Carriers (ETCs)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA §§ 111, 301, 7101, 7104
PURPOSE: To address the requirements that carriers seeking Eligible Telecommunication Carrier (ETC) must meet, including the components of basic service.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Fall 2007
AFFECTED PARTIES: All local exchange carriers and their customers and any other telecommunications company that is granted ETC status and its customers.

CHAPTER 250: Coin Operated Telephone (COCOT) Service
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA §§ 111, 301, 2010, 7301, 7503
PURPOSE: To determine what, if any, provisions of the rule remain necessary.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2008
AFFECTED PARTIES: COCOT providers and COCOT users.

CHAPTER 2XX: Requirements and Terms for Bundled Services Offered by Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA §§ 104, 301, 111, 704, 705, and 7302
PURPOSE: To establish procedures associated with the provision of bundled services by Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Spring 2008.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers and their customers.

CHAPTER 301: Standard Offer Service
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA §§ 111, 3212
PURPOSE: To consider changes to opt-out provisions.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Winter 2008
AFFECTED PARTIES: All transmission and distribution utilities, competitive electricity providers and their customers.

CHAPTER 311: Eligible Resource Portfolio Requests
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA §3210(3-A)
PURPOSE: To amend rule to reflect recent statutory changes related to new portfolio requirements.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Winter 2008
AFFECTED PARTIES: All Competitive Electricity Providers

CHAPTER 316: Long Term Contracting/Resource Adequacy Planning
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA §§ 3210-C, 3210-D
PURPOSE: To incorporate statutory amendments.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Winter 2008
AFFECTED PARTIES: All transmission and distribution utilities, competitive electricity providers and their customers.

CHAPTER 3XX: Green Power Certification
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA §3212-A
PURPOSE: To promote the use of green power.
ANTICIPATED SCHDULE: Fall 2007
AFFECTED PARTIES: Green power suppliers, utilities.

CHAPTER 420: Safety of Gas Transmission and Distribution Systems
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA §§ 111, 4702
PURPOSE: To revise existing gas safety standards for natural gas, liquid natural gas, and propane to comply with federal requirements, as well as to establish new state requirements consistent with current recommended safety practices.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Winter 2008
AFFECTED PARTIES: Gas utilities and the general public.

CHAPTER 8XX: Utility Service Standards for Credit and Collection Programs for Water Utilities
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA §§ 111, 704
PURPOSE: To create a separate rule applicable to water utility credit and collection practices.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2008
AFFECTED PARTIES: Water utilities and their customers.

CHAPTER 81: Residential Utility Service Standards for Credit and Collection
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA §§ 111, 704
PURPOSE: To eliminate this rule after a separate rule is established for water utilities.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2008
AFFECTED PARTIES: None.

CHAPTER 86: Disconnection and Deposit Regulations for Nonresidential Utility Services
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA §§ 111, 704, 705
PURPOSE: To eliminate this rule after a separate rule is established for water utilities.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2008
AFFECTED PARTIES: None.

CHAPTER 8XX: Requirements for Construction of Line Extensions
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA §§ 104, 111, 314
PURPOSE: To institute a uniform policy for T&Ds and telephone utilities for the construction and maintenance of, and customer charges for, line extensions.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDLE: Summer 2008
AFFECTED PARTIES: Transmission and distribution utilities, telephone utilities and their customers.

CHAPTER 930: Solar Energy Rebate Program
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA §3211-C
PURPOSE: To amend the solar rebate levels and energy audit requirements to make them consistent with recent statutory changes.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Fall 2007
AFFECTED PARTIES: Applicants for solar rebates.



AGENCY UMBRELLA UNIT NUMBER: 65-625
AGENCY NAME: Emergency Services Communication Bureau

CONTACT PERSON: Albert E. Gervenack, Director, ESCB, 15 Oak Grove Road, Vassalboro, ME 04989-3201. Tel: (207) 877-8052; Email: albert.e.gervenack@maine.gov

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 2007-2008 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER XXX: Requirements to Provide E9-1-1 Access after Telephone Disconnection
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 25 MRSA §2935
PURPOSE: Establish circumstances in which a telecommunications carrier must retain “soft dialtone” at a residence that otherwise retains no telephone service from that carrier.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: December 2007
AFFECTED PARTIES: Telephone utilities and their customers.

CHAPTER XXX: Contributions to E9-1-1 Fund
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 25 MRSA §2927(8)
PURPOSE: Establish methods for telecommunications carriers, including prepaid wireless telephone service providers and VOIP providers, to contribute to the statewide E-9-1-1 fund.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Spring 2008
AFFECTED PARTIES: Telephone utilities companies providing prepaid wireless telephone service and VOIP service and their customers.

CHAPTER XXX: Wireless Standards for E9-1-1
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 25 MRSA §§ 2926, 2933
PURPOSE: To add E9-1-1 wireless carrier requirements for pre-deployment, deployment, and post deployment activities.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Fall 2007
AFFECTED PARTIES: Wireless carriers operating in Maine.