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Substitute Senate Bill No. 148

Public Act No. 04-86

AN ACT CONCERNING DIRECT BILLING BY ELECTRIC SUPPLIERS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (c) of section 16-244i of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2004):

(c) Each electric distribution company shall continue to provide metering, billing and collection services, except that, on and after the effective date of the regulations adopted pursuant to section 16-245d, as amended by this act, which allow an electric supplier to provide direct billing and collection services for electric generation services and related federally mandated congestion costs that such supplier provides to its customers that use a demand meter or have a maximum demand of not less than five hundred kilowatts and that choose to receive a bill directly from their electric supplier, an electric distribution company shall not provide such billing and collection services for such customers. The department shall determine billing and metering protocols and any appropriate cost-sharing allocations among electric distribution companies and electric suppliers. Notwithstanding an electric supplier's right, in accordance with the general statutes, to terminate its contract with a customer for the provision of generation service by reason of the customer's nonpayment of the charges directly billed by the supplier to the customer, an electric supplier shall not disconnect electric service to the customer or otherwise terminate the physical delivery of electricity to customers directly billed by the electric supplier.

Sec. 2. Section 16-245d of the general statutes, as amended by section 22 of public act 03-135, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2004):

(a) The Department of Public Utility Control shall, by regulations adopted pursuant to chapter 54, develop a standard billing format that enables customers to compare pricing policies and charges among electric suppliers. Not later than January 1, 2005, the department shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to provide that an electric supplier may provide direct billing and collection services for electric generation services and related federally mandated congestion costs that such supplier provides to its customers that use a demand meter or have a maximum demand of not less than five hundred kilowatts and that choose to receive a bill directly from such supplier. [On and after January 1, 2000, each] An electric company, [or] electric distribution company or electric supplier that provides direct billing of the electric generation service component and related federally mandated congestion costs, as the case may be, shall, in accordance with the billing format developed by the department, include [at a minimum] the following information in each customer's bill, as appropriate: (1) The total amount owed by the customer, which shall be itemized to show, (A) the electric generation services component and any additional charges imposed by the electric supplier, if applicable, (B) the electric transmission and distribution charge, including all applicable taxes and the systems benefits charge, as provided in section 16-245l, as amended, (C) the competitive transition assessment, as provided in section 16-245g, as amended, (D) federally-mandated congestion costs, and (E) the conservation and renewable energy charge, consisting of the conservation and load management program charge, as provided in section 16-245m, as amended, and the renewable energy investment charge, as provided in section 16-245n, as amended; (2) any unpaid amounts from previous bills which shall be listed separately from current charges; (3) except for customers subject to a demand charge, the rate and usage for the current month and each of the previous twelve months in the form of a bar graph or other visual form; (4) the payment due date; (5) the interest rate applicable to any unpaid amount; (6) the toll-free telephone number of the electric distribution company to report power losses; (7) the toll-free telephone number of the Department of Public Utility Control for questions or complaints; (8) the toll-free telephone number and address of the electric supplier; and (9) a statement about the availability of information concerning electric suppliers pursuant to section 16-245p, as amended.

(b) The regulations shall provide guidelines for determining the billing relationship between the electric distribution company and electric suppliers, including but not limited to, the allocation of partial bill payments and late payments between the electric distribution company and the electric supplier. [The] An electric distribution company that provides billing services for an electric supplier shall be entitled to recover from the electric supplier all reasonable transaction costs to provide such billing services as well as a reasonable rate of return, in accordance with the principles in subsection (a) of section 16-19e.

Approved May 10, 2004