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PSC Data Request from Utilities
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5/9/2020 at 3:15:52 AM GMT
Posts: 45
PSC Data Request from Utilities
To all Wisconsin water, electric, gas, and sewer utilities:
 
We want to update you on dockets the Commission opened in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.First, in docket5-UI-120, the Commission recently directed Commission staff to solicit information and data on the continued appropriateness, necessity, duration and impacts of actions taken by the Commission to temporarily alter tariffs in light of COVID-19.Your utility should have received a data request today that requests utilities provide responses byMay 15, 2020.You may view the data request by typing in the docket number on the Commission’s E Services portal at:http://apps.psc.wi.gov/.
 
We understand that not all of these questions will apply to your utility, that some of your responses will be estimates and may change as more information becomes available, and that there will be some questions for which you do not have sufficient data.While filing a response is voluntary, the information, even that indicating the data is not yet available or is not applicable, will help inform the Commission’s ongoing review of the continued appropriateness of each of the requirements that were put in place to ensure safe, reliable, and affordable access to utility services during the COVID-19 pandemic.Directions for filing your response are included in the data request.If you have questions about the data request, please contact Laura Fay at (608) 267-0913 orLaura2.Fay@wisconsin.gov.
 
Second, you may be aware that in docket5-AF-105, the Commission took action to ensure stability for utilities and their customers.In that docket, the Commission determined it is appropriate to authorize deferral of COVID-19 costs and foregone revenue and to include in the deferral authorization the incremental increase in bad debt or uncollectible expenses related to the health crisis above what is currently included in authorized rates.The Commission further determined it is premature to include declining sales revenue as a component of foregone revenue in the deferral authorization and that, until further notice, total deferral amounts should be reported by Class A/B utilities on a monthly basis, and be reported by Class C/D utilities on a quarterly basis.In addition, the Commission authorized specific carrying cost rates for investor-owned utilities to accrue at the authorized cost of short-term debt and at the municipal benchmark rate of 4.9% for municipal utilities.If you have questions about the Commission’s decisions in this docket, including reporting requirements, please contact Jackie Madsen at (608) 267-3599 orJacquelin.Madsen@wisconsin.gov.
 
As a reminder, the best way to receive timely correspondence from the Commission is to ensure the utility’s official name and contact information is up-to-date in the Commission’s Universal Name File.To check or change your utility’s information, gotohttp://apps.psc.wi.gov/vs2015/UNFAddressRequest/default.aspx.Only utility staff can update the address.If you do not know your utility’s log-in ID or password, please contact the Commission’sRecords Management Unit.If you have questions about issues that involve customers, please contact our Utility Inquiry Line: (608) 266- 3766orPSCConsumerAffairsMail@wisconsin.gov.You can also visit the Commission’swebpagefor announcements and resources.
 
 
Martin Day, Administrator
Division of Energy Regulation and Analysis
608-267-9813
 
Denise Schmidt, Administrator
Division of Water Utility Regulation and Analysis
608-800-2941



Michael Heyroth
Utility Director
Rib Mountain Sanitary District
Mheyroth@rmsd1.com


6/5/2020 at 4:26:11 PM GMT
Posts: 20
To all Wisconsin water, electric, and gas utilities:

On March 24, 2020, in docket 5-AF-105, the Commission authorized all electric, gas, steam, and water public utilities to defer expenditures resulting from compliance with orders by the Commission in docket 5-UI-120 and as otherwise required to ensure provision of safe, reliable, and affordable access to utility services during the declared public health emergency for COVID-19 (PSC REF#: 386353). On May 14, 2020, after receiving comments from utilities, the Commission defined the COVID-19-related expenses, foregone revenue, and carrying costs that are eligible for deferral and ordered utilities to report on these costs (PSC REF#: 389500). The Commission also noted that accurate documentation and reporting will be essential as utilities file future rate applications seeking recovery of deferred balances. As such, they directed the following:

• Class A and B utilities will provide total deferral reporting by FERC or USOA account on a monthly basis;
• Class C and D utilities will provide such reporting on a quarterly basis; and
• The first report for all utilities is due June 14, 2020.

The Commission also recognized that reporting places further demands on utilities’ resources and time. In order to assist utilities in reporting of COVID-19-related costs, Commission staff are developing an online survey (Survey for Reporting COVID-19 Expenses) that will provide utilities with a standardized method of reporting expenses by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) or Uniform System of Accounts (USOA) accounts. Utilities will satisfy the reporting requirement by completing the survey. All utilities should complete the survey, even if they are not reporting any COVID-19-related expenses.

This email is notification that Commission staff are in the process of developing the Survey for Reporting COVID-19 Expenses and anticipate its distribution to all utilities by June 8, 2020. Until then, utilities are asked to delay their reporting until it can be completed through the survey. There is no problem if a utility has already uploaded expense information to the Commission’s Electronic Records Filing System in docket 5-AF-105; however, we ask that utility staff provide that information in the survey format once it is available. Further communication will be emailed to all utilities when the survey is available.

Questions about the survey and how to report on COVID-19 expenses can be addressed directly to:

• Water Utilities: Kathy Butzlaff, kathy.butzlaff@wisconsin.gov
• Electric and Gas Utilities: Debra Prost, debra.probst@wisconsin.gov

Frequently Asked Questions for Utilities are available at the Commission’s webpage for announcements and resources related to COVID-19.

As a reminder, the best way to receive timely correspondence from the Commission is to ensure the utility’s official name and contact information is up-to-date in the Commission’s Universal Name File. To check or change your utility’s information, go to http://apps.psc.wi.gov/vs2015/UNFAddressRequest/default.aspx. Only utility staff can update the address. If you do not know your utility’s log-in ID or password, please contact the Commission’s Records Management Unit at PSCRecordsMail@wisconsin.gov.


Martin Day, Administrator
Division of Energy Regulation and Analysis
Martin.Day@wisconsin.gov
608-267-9813



Denise Schmidt, Administrator
Division of Water Utility Regulation and Analysis
Denise.Schmidt@wisconsin.gov
608-800-2941




6/8/2020 at 9:05:08 PM GMT
Posts: 20
To all Wisconsin water, electric, and gas utilities:

On March 24, 2020, in docket 5-AF-105, the Commission authorized all electric, gas, steam, and water public utilities to defer expenditures resulting from compliance with orders by the Commission in docket 5-UI-120 and as otherwise required to ensure provision of safe, reliable, and affordable access to utility services during the declared public health emergency for COVID-19 (PSC REF#: 386353). On May 14, 2020, after receiving comments from utilities, the Commission defined the COVID-19-related expenses, foregone revenue, and carrying costs that are eligible for deferral and ordered utilities to report on these costs (PSC REF#: 389500). The Commission also noted that accurate documentation and reporting will be essential as utilities file future rate applications seeking recovery of deferred balances. As such, they directed the following:

• Class A and B utilities will provide total deferral reporting by FERC or USOA account on a monthly basis;
• Class C and D utilities will provide such reporting on a quarterly basis;
• The first report for all utilities is due June 14, 2020.

The Commission also recognized that reporting places further demands on utilities’ resources and time. In order to assist utilities in reporting of COVID-19-related costs, Commission staff developed the following online COVID-19 Utility Reporting Survey that provides a standardized method of reporting expenses by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) or Uniform System of Accounts (USOA) accounts. Utilities satisfy the Commission’s reporting requirement of docket 5-AF-105 by completing the survey. All utilities should complete the survey, even if they are not reporting any COVID-19-related expenses.

• To access the survey, click the link below:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/COVID19UtilitySurvey

Note: If you have data entry problems, please click here for a list of supported browsers.

Questions about the Survey and how to report COVID-19 costs can be addressed directly to:
• Water Utilities: Kathy Butzlaff, kathy.butzlaff@wisconsin.gov
• Electric and Gas Utilities: Debra Prost, debra.probst@wisconsin.gov

For announcements and resources related to COVID-19, please visit the Commission’s Frequently Asked Questions for Utilities webpage.

As a reminder, the best way to receive timely correspondence from the Commission is to ensure the utility’s official name and contact information is up-to-date in the Commission’s Universal Name File. To check or change your utility’s information, go to http://apps.psc.wi.gov/vs2015/UNFAddressRequest/default.aspx. Only utility staff can update the address. If you do not know your utility’s log-in ID or password, please contact the Commission’s Records Management Unit at PSCRecordsMail@wisconsin.gov.






Martin Day, Administrator
Division of Energy Regulation and Analysis
Martin.Day@wisconsin.gov
608-267-9813



Denise Schmidt, Administrator
Division of Water Utility Regulation and Analysis
Denise.Schmidt@wisconsin.gov
608-800-2941


















6/8/2020 at 9:05:09 PM GMT
Posts: 20
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