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Longview Energy continues combat in opposition to Mon Energy/Potomac Edison charge hike request to PSC

MORGANTOWN — Whereas Mon Energy continues its case to lift clients’ charges to account for the prices of producing electrical energy, its neighbor, rival and buyer — Longview Energy — continues to combat for a smaller hike.

Longview filed its most-recent try on Monday, asking the state Public Service Fee to strike some Mon Energy testimony filed final Wednesday within the case. Longview mentioned the testimony mirrored some calculated deception.

Mon Energy and its FirstEnergy sister Potomac Edison are pursuing a number of rate-hike instances earlier than the PSC. This one is an ENEC case — expended internet vitality value — designed to permit utilities to cowl their prices of manufacturing energy. They’re asking for $167,465,330, which they venture would add $9.19 to the common month-to-month residential invoice, elevating it from $120.20 to $129.39 — a 7.8% hike.

Longview Energy in September unsuccessfully moved to have the PSC dismiss $144,805,585 from the case, alleging the prices had been imprudent. Then on Nov. 13, Longview CEO Stephen Nelson really useful to the PSC that Mon Energy and Potomac Edison retain an skilled, outdoors guide, chosen by the PSC, to conduct an intensive assessment of their subsequent ENEC submitting, alleging their filings power interveners to “ferret out” the actual points within the case.

And in the identical doc, Brian Hoyt, Longview’s compliance and environmental supervisor, who mentioned that the businesses bought extra NOx emission allowances than obligatory as a result of they did not correctly function and keep the NOx emission controls at Fort Martin.

The businesses waited too lengthy earlier than buying the emission allowances they wanted, and acquired them at 3 times the worth they need to have, he mentioned. Longview really useful disallowing restoration of $42.2 million of extreme 2022 Ozone Season NOx Allowance prices and $18.3 million of 2023 Ozone Season NOx Allowance prices.

In rebuttal testimony, a FirstEnergy consultant mentioned that an outdoor guide would lead to an pointless value for his or her clients, and that the businesses took a measured method to their emissions controls buying, which spared clients potential pointless prices.

It its Monday submitting, Longview requested to have about 2½ pages of Mon Energy/Potomac Edison testimony submitted Nov. 22 stricken. It was a technical dialogue in responses to equipment-failure questions at Mon Energy’s Harrison Energy Station beforehand submitted by Longview.

Twice in October Longview had requested this data from the businesses and each occasions they refused, saying it was “substantive confidential market data … commercially delicate to the businesses in that it consists of prices and/or income data and techniques that might be utilized by competing entities available in the market to the detriment of MonPower/PE clients and others.”

Longview could be a type of rivals the businesses referred to.

Longview alleged on Monday, “Clearly, the businesses solely claimed this data was confidential to hide it from Longview throughout discovery.” This harms Longview’s capacity to make its case by, amongst different issues, barring follow-up questions or testimony.

So, Longview mentioned, the businesses ought to be prevented “from counting on this proof that they refused to supply to Longview throughout discovery, whereas counting on the now clearly false floor that it was confidential enterprise data.”

The businesses will submit a response to the PSC concerning Longview’s movement earlier than the PSC decides on the movement.

The businesses have two different rate-hike instances pending earlier than the PSC.

One is their base charge hike request: $207.5 million for infrastructure and for his or her vitality help program. The hike would value the common residential buyer $18.07 per thirty days — elevating a invoice from $120.20 to $138.27.

The opposite is to fund their Vegetation Administration Program. It proposes a rise of $16,969,398 to take impact Jan. 1, 2024, and $16,989,110 to take impact Jan. 1, 2025 — for a complete of $33,938,795.

They are saying this displays an general 1% improve aggregated in opposition to all their buyer lessons. For the common residential buyer utilizing 1,000 kilowatt hours per thirty days, they venture a hike of $2.47 per thirty days, elevating the invoice from $120.20 to $120.67.

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