Keene community power plan denied as state rulemaking process continues
- Jun 21, 2022 3:52 pm GMT
Jun. 21—The N.H. Public Utilities Commission recently denied
"We were excited when we got the news," Brunner said Monday, adding that the city was expecting the PUC to reject the plan, since the commission is still in the process of establishing rules for such programs.
Under a community power arrangement — such as the ones
The city, which submitted its plan to the state on
These sorts of details are still being ironed out in the PUC's rulemaking process, the commissioners added. These proposed rules are scheduled for a final vote on
"Therefore, to the extent that the implementation of the Plan will be affected by, and likely rely upon future rules, we conclude that the proposed Plan substantially fails to meet applicable requirements at this time," they wrote. "As the rulemaking proceeding to develop these rules is underway, the City is not at fault for this deficiency."
Having received feedback, Brunner said the city will now be prepared to resubmit its proposal when the commission's rules are published next month. The PUC denied
The rules will cover a variety of topics, including the relationship between municipal and county aggregators and distribution utilities, access to customer data for planning and operation, metering and billing, according to the PUC.
The commission must respond within 60 days, a result of HB 315, which Brunner said caused delays in the PUC's rule making process, which began in January. After the PUC's approval, she said the proposed power plan will go back to
After the PUC approves the final rules for community power plans, governing bodies are authorized to make minor tweaks and then resubmit the plans to the PUC or submit them for the first time, according to
Under the city's proposed plan, Eversource customers would be eligible for automatic enrollment in the program, with the freedom to opt out any time, Brunner said.
Anyone who gets electricity through a third party would be ineligible for automatic enrollment, but they could still enroll in the program if they swapped their power supplier.
Brunner said she hopes the program will launch this winter, but that timeline isn't concrete.
"If we have an opportunity to offer this, then it's something we should be doing," she said. "We're seeing energy prices going up in the summer, during a time when that typically doesn't happen."
According to Eversource,
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