18 CFR 35.26 - Recovery of stranded costs by public utilities and transmitting utilities.

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§ 35.26 Recovery of stranded costs by public utilities and transmitting utilities.
(a) Purpose. This section establishes the standards that a public utility or transmitting utility must satisfy in order to recover stranded costs.
(b) Definitions— 1) Wholesale stranded cost means any legitimate, prudent and verifiable cost incurred by a public utility or a transmitting utility to provide service to:
(i) A wholesale requirements customer that subsequently becomes, in whole or in part, an unbundled wholesale transmission services customer of such public utility or transmitting utility; or
(ii) A retail customer that subsequently becomes, either directly or through another wholesale transmission purchaser, an unbundled wholesale transmission services customer of such public utility or transmitting utility.
(2) Wholesale requirements customer means a customer for whom a public utility or transmitting utility provides by contract any portion of its bundled wholesale power requirements.
(3) Wholesale transmission services means the transmission of electric energy sold, or to be sold, at wholesale in interstate commerce or ordered pursuant to section 211 of the Federal Power Act (FPA).
(4) Wholesale requirements contract means a contract under which a public utility or transmitting utility provides any portion of a customer's bundled wholesale power requirements.
(5) Retail stranded cost means any legitimate, prudent and verifiable cost incurred by a public utility to provide service to a retail customer that subsequently becomes, in whole or in part, an unbundled retail transmission services customer of that public utility.
(6) Retail transmission services means the transmission of electric energy sold, or to be sold, in interstate commerce directly to a retail customer.
(7) New wholesale requirements contract means any wholesale requirements contract executed after July 11, 1994, or extended or renegotiated to be effective after July 11, 1994.
(8) Existing wholesale requirements contract means any wholesale requirements contract executed on or before July 11, 1994.
(c) Recovery of wholesale stranded costs— 1) General requirement. A public utility or transmitting utility will be allowed to seek recovery of wholesale stranded costs only as follows:
(i) No public utility or transmitting utility may seek recovery of wholesale stranded costs if such recovery is explicitly prohibited by a contract or settlement agreement, or by any power sales or transmission rate schedule or tariff.
(ii) No public utility or transmitting utility may seek recovery of stranded costs associated with a new wholesale requirements contract if such contract does not contain an exit fee or other explicit stranded cost provision.
(iii) If wholesale stranded costs are associated with a new wholesale requirements contract containing an exit fee or other explicit stranded cost provision, and the seller under the contract is a public utility, the public utility may seek recovery of such costs, in accordance with the contract, through rates for electric energy under sections 205-206 of the FPA. The public utility may not seek recovery of such costs through any transmission rate for FPA section 205 or 211 transmission services.
(iv) If wholesale stranded costs are associated with a new wholesale requirements contract, and the seller under the contract is a transmitting utility but not also a public utility, the transmitting utility may not seek an order from the Commission allowing recovery of such costs.
(v) If wholesale stranded costs are associated with an existing wholesale requirements contract, if the seller under such contract is a public utility, and if the contract does not contain an exit fee or other explicit stranded cost provision, the public utility may seek recovery of stranded costs only as follows:
(A) If either party to the contract seeks a stranded cost amendment pursuant to a section 205 or section 206 filing under the FPA made prior to the expiration of the contract, and the Commission accepts or approves an amendment permitting recovery of stranded costs, the public utility may seek recovery of such costs through FPA section 205-206 rates for electric energy.
(B) If the contract is not amended to permit recovery of stranded costs as described in paragraph (c)(1)(v)(A) of this section, the public utility may file a proposal, prior to the expiration of the contract, to recover stranded costs through FPA section 205-206 or section 211-212 rates for wholesale transmission services to the customer.
(vi) If wholesale stranded costs are associated with an existing wholesale requirements contract, if the seller under such contract is a transmitting utility but not also a public utility, and if the contract does not contain an exit fee or other explicit stranded cost provision, the transmitting utility may seek recovery of stranded costs through FPA section 211-212 transmission rates.
(vii) If a retail customer becomes a legitimate wholesale transmission customer of a public utility or transmitting utility, e.g., through municipalization, and costs are stranded as a result of the retail-turned-wholesale customer's access to wholesale transmission, the utility may seek recovery of such costs through FPA section 205-206 or section 211-212 rates for wholesale transmission services to that customer.
(2) Evidentiary demonstration for wholesale stranded cost recovery. A public utility or transmitting utility seeking to recover wholesale stranded costs in accordance with paragraphs (c)(1) (v) through (vii) of this section must demonstrate that:
(i) It incurred costs to provide service to a wholesale requirements customer or retail customer based on a reasonable expectation that the utility would continue to serve the customer;
(ii) The stranded costs are not more than the customer would have contributed to the utility had the customer remained a wholesale requirements customer of the utility, or, in the case of a retail-turned-wholesale customer, had the customer remained a retail customer of the utility; and
(iii) The stranded costs are derived using the following formula: Stranded Cost Obligation = (Revenue Stream Estimate—Competitive Market Value Estimate) × Length of Obligation (reasonable expectation period).
(3) Rebuttable presumption. If a public utility or transmitting utility seeks recovery of wholesale stranded costs associated with an existing wholesale requirements contract, as permitted in paragraph (c)(1) of this section, and the existing wholesale requirements contract contains a notice provision, there will be a rebuttable presumption that the utility had no reasonable expectation of continuing to serve the customer beyond the term of the notice provision.
(4) Procedure for customer to obtain stranded cost estimate. A customer under an existing wholesale requirements contract with a public utility seller may obtain from the seller an estimate of the customer's stranded cost obligation if it were to leave the public utility's generation supply system by filing with the public utility a request for an estimate at any time prior to the termination date specified in its contract.
(i) The public utility must provide a response within 30 days of receiving the request. The response must include:
(A) An estimate of the customer's stranded cost obligation based on the formula in paragraph (c)(2)(iii) of this section;
(B) Supporting detail indicating how each element in the formula was derived;
(C) A detailed rationale justifying the basis for the utility's reasonable expectation of continuing to serve the customer beyond the termination date in the contract;
(D) An estimate of the amount of released capacity and associated energy that would result from the customer's departure; and
(E) The utility's proposal for any contract amendment needed to implement the customer's payment of stranded costs.
(ii) If the customer disagrees with the utility's response, it must respond to the utility within 30 days explaining why it disagrees. If the parties cannot work out a mutually agreeable resolution, they may exercise their rights to Commission resolution under the FPA.
(5) A customer must be given the option to market or broker a portion or all of the capacity and energy associated with any stranded costs claimed by the public utility.
(i) To exercise the option, the customer must so notify the utility in writing no later than 30 days after the public utility files its estimate of stranded costs for the customer with the Commission.
(A) Before marketing or brokering can begin, the utility and customer must execute an agreement identifying, at a minimum, the amount and the price of capacity and associated energy the customer is entitled to schedule, and the duration of the customer's marketing or brokering of such capacity and energy.
(ii) If agreement over marketing or brokering cannot be reached, and the parties seek Commission resolution of disputed issues, upon issuance of a Commission order resolving the disputed issues, the customer may reevaluate its decision in paragraph (c)(5)(i) of this section to exercise the marketing or brokering option. The customer must notify the utility in writing within 30 days of issuance of the Commission's order resolving the disputed issues whether the customer will market or broker a portion or all of the capacity and energy associated with stranded costs allowed by the Commission.
(iii) If a customer undertakes the brokering option, and the customer's brokering efforts fail to produce a buyer within 60 days of the date of the brokering agreement entered into between the customer and the utility, the customer shall relinquish all rights to broker the released capacity and associated energy and will pay stranded costs as determined by the formula in paragraph (c)(2)(iii) of this section.
(d) Recovery of retail stranded costs— 1) General requirement. A public utility may seek to recover retail stranded costs through rates for retail transmission services only if the state regulatory authority does not have authority under state law to address stranded costs at the time the retail wheeling is required.
(2) Evidentiary demonstration necessary for retail stranded cost recovery. A public utility seeking to recover retail stranded costs in accordance with paragraph (d)(1) of this section must demonstrate that:
(i) It incurred costs to provide service to a retail customer that obtains retail wheeling based on a reasonable expectation that the utility would continue to serve the customer; and
(ii) The stranded costs are not more than the customer would have contributed to the utility had the customer remained a retail customer of the utility.
[Order 888-A, 62 FR 12460, Mar. 14, 1997]

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U.S. Code: Title 16 - CONSERVATION

§ 791 - Repealed. Aug. 26, 1935, ch. 687, title II,

§ 791a - Short title

§ 792 - Federal Power Commission; creation; number; appointment; term; qualifications; vacancies; quorum; chairman; salary; place of holding sessions

§ 793 - Appointment of officers and employees of Commission; duties, and salaries; detail of officers and employees from other departments; expenditures authorized

§ 793a - Repealed.

§ 794, 795 - Omitted

§ 796 - Definitions

§ 797 - General powers of Commission

§ 797a - Congressional authorization for permits, licenses, leases, or authorizations for dams, conduits, reservoirs, etc., within national parks or monuments

§ 797b - Duty to keep Congress fully and currently informed

§ 797c - Dams in National Park System units

§ 797d - Third party contracting by FERC

§ 798 - Purpose and scope of preliminary permits; transfer and cancellation

§ 799 - License; duration, conditions, revocation, alteration, or surrender

§ 800 - Issuance of preliminary permits or licenses

§ 801 - Transfer of license; obligations of transferee

§ 802 - Information to accompany application for license; landowner notification

§ 803 - Conditions of license generally

§ 804 - Project works affecting navigable waters; requirements insertable in license

§ 805 - Participation by Government in costs of locks, etc.

§ 806 - Time limit for construction of project works; extension of time; termination or revocation of licenses for delay

§ 807 - Right of Government to take over project works

§ 808 - New licenses and renewals

§ 809 - Temporary use by Government of project works for national safety; compensation for use

§ 810 - Disposition of charges arising from licenses

§ 811 - Operation of navigation facilities; rules and regulations; penalties

§ 812 - Public-service licensee; regulations by State or by commission as to service, rates, charges, etc.

§ 813 - Power entering into interstate commerce; regulation of rates, charges, etc.

§ 814 - Exercise by licensee of power of eminent domain

§ 815 - Contract to furnish power extending beyond period of license; obligations of new licensee

§ 816 - Preservation of rights vested prior to June 10, 1920

§ 817 - Projects not affecting navigable waters; necessity for Federal license, permit or right-of-way; unauthorized activities

§ 818 - Public lands included in project; reservation of lands from entry

§ 819 - Repealed. Aug. 26, 1935, ch. 687, title II,

§ 820 - Proceedings for revocation of license or to prevent violations of license

§ 821 - State laws and water rights unaffected

§ 822 - Reservation of right to alter or repeal chapter

§ 823 - Repeal of inconsistent laws

§ 823a - Conduit hydroelectric facilities

§ 823b - Enforcement

§ 823c - Alaska State jurisdiction over small hydroelectric projects

§ 823d - Alternative conditions and prescriptions

§ 824 - Declaration of policy; application of subchapter

§ 824a - Interconnection and coordination of facilities; emergencies; transmission to foreign countries

16 U.S. Code § 794, 795 - Omitted

16 U.S. Code § 794, 795 - Omitted

16 U.S. Code § 794, 795 - Omitted

16 U.S. Code § 794, 795 - Omitted

§ 824b - Disposition of property; consolidations; purchase of securities

§ 824c - Issuance of securities; assumption of liabilities

§ 824d - Rates and charges; schedules; suspension of new rates; automatic adjustment clauses

§ 824e - Power of Commission to fix rates and charges; determination of cost of production or transmission

§ 824f - Ordering furnishing of adequate service

§ 824g - Ascertainment of cost of property and depreciation

§ 824h - References to State boards by Commission

§ 824i - Interconnection authority

§ 824j - Wheeling authority

16 U.S. Code § 794, 795 - Omitted

§ 824k - Orders requiring interconnection or wheeling

16 U.S. Code § -

§ 824m - Sales by exempt wholesale generators

§ 824n - Repealed.

16 U.S. Code § -

§ 824p - Siting of interstate electric transmission facilities

§ 824q - Native load service obligation

§ 824r - Protection of transmission contracts in the Pacific Northwest

§ 824s - Transmission infrastructure investment

§ 824t - Electricity market transparency rules

§ 824u - Prohibition on filing false information

§ 824v - Prohibition of energy market manipulation

§ 824w - Joint boards on economic dispatch

§ 825 - Accounts and records

§ 825a - Rates of depreciation; notice to State authorities before fixing

§ 825b - Requirements applicable to agencies of United States

§ 825c - Periodic and special reports; obstructing filing reports or keeping accounts, etc.

§ 825d - Officials dealing in securities

§ 825e - Complaints

§ 825f - Investigations by Commission

§ 825g - Hearings; rules of procedure

§ 825h - Administrative powers of Commission; rules, regulations, and orders

§ 825i - Appointment of officers and employees; compensation

§ 825j - Investigations relating to electric energy; reports to Congress

§ 825k - Publication and sale of reports

16 U.S. Code § -

§ 825m - Enforcement provisions

§ 825n - Forfeiture for violations; recovery; applicability

16 U.S. Code § -

16 U.S. Code § 794, 795 - Omitted

§ 825p - Jurisdiction of offenses; enforcement of liabilities and duties

§ 825q - Repealed.

16 U.S. Code § 794, 795 - Omitted

§ 825r - Separability

§ 2601 - Findings

§ 2602 - Definitions

§ 2603 - Relationship to antitrust laws

§ 2611 - Purposes

§ 2612 - Coverage

§ 2613 - Federal contracts

§ 2621 - Consideration and determination respecting certain ratemaking standards

§ 2622 - Obligations to consider and determine

§ 2623 - Adoption of certain standards

§ 2624 - Lifeline rates

§ 2625 - Special rules for standards

§ 2626 - Reports respecting standards

§ 2627 - Relationship to State law

§ 2631 - Intervention in proceedings

§ 2632 - Consumer representation

§ 2633 - Judicial review and enforcement

§ 2634 - Prior and pending proceedings

§ 2641 - Voluntary guidelines

§ 2642 - Responsibilities of Secretary

§ 2643 - Gathering information on costs of service

§ 2644 - Relationship to other authority

§ 2645 - Utility regulatory institute

U.S. Code: Title 31 - MONEY AND FINANCE
U.S. Code: Title 42 - THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE

§ 7101 - Definitions

§ 7111 - Congressional findings

§ 7112 - Congressional declaration of purpose

§ 7113 - Relationship with States

§ 7131 - Establishment

§ 7132 - Principal officers

§ 7133 - Assistant Secretaries; appointment and confirmation; identification of responsibilities

§ 7134 - Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; compensation of Chairman and members

§ 7135 - Energy Information Administration

§ 7135a - Delegation by Secretary of Energy of energy research, etc., functions to Administrator of Energy Information...Administration; prohibition against required delegation; utilization of capabilities by Secretary

§ 7136 - Economic Regulatory Administration; appointment of Administrator; compensation; qualifications; functions

§ 7137 - Functions of Comptroller General

§ 7138 - Repealed.

§ 7139 - Office of Science; establishment; appointment of Director; compensation; duties

§ 7140 - Leasing Liaison Committee; establishment; composition

§ 7141 - Office of Minority Economic Impact

§ 7142 - National Atomic Museum and National Atomic Testing Museum

§ 7142a - Designation of American Museum of Science and Energy

§ 7142b - Authority

§ 7142c - Museum volunteers

§ 7142d - Definitions

§ 7143 - Repealed.

§ 7144 - Establishment of policy for National Nuclear Security Administration

§ 7144a - Establishment of security, counterintelligence, and intelligence policies

§ 7144b - Office of Counterintelligence

§ 7144c - Office of Intelligence

§ 7144d - Office of Arctic Energy

§ 7144e - Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs

§ 7151 - General transfers

§ 7151a - Jurisdiction over matters transferred from Energy Research and Development Administration

§ 7152 - Transfers from Department of the Interior

§ 7153 - Administration of leasing transfers

§ 7154 - Transfers from Department of Housing and Urban Development

§ 7155 - Repealed.

§ 7156 - Transfers from Department of the Navy

§ 7156a - Repealed.

§ 7157 - Transfers from Department of Commerce

§ 7158 - Naval reactor and military application programs

§ 7159 - Transfer to Department of Transportation

§ 7171 - Appointment and administration

§ 7172 - Jurisdiction of Commission

§ 7173 - Initiation of rulemaking procedures before Commission

§ 7174 - Referral of other rulemaking proceedings to Commission

§ 7175 - Right of Secretary to intervene in Commission proceedings

§ 7176 - Reorganization

§ 7177 - Access to information

§ 7178 - Federal Energy Regulatory Commission fees and annual charges

§ 7191 - Procedures for issuance of rules, regulations, or orders

§ 7192 - Judicial review

§ 7193 - Remedial orders

§ 7194 - Requests for adjustments

§ 7195 - Report to Congress; contents

§ 7211, 7212 - Repealed.

§ 7213 to 7217 - Repealed.

§ 7218 - Repealed.

§ 7231 - Officers and employees

§ 7232 - Senior positions

§ 7233 - Experts and consultants

§ 7234 - Advisory committees

§ 7235 - Armed services personnel

§ 7236 - Transferred

§ 7237 - Priority placement, job placement, retraining, and counseling programs for United States Department of Energy employees affected by reduction in force

§ 7238 - Temporary appointments for scientific and technical experts in Department of Energy research and development programs

§ 7239 - Transferred

§ 7251 - General authority

§ 7252 - Delegation

§ 7253 - Reorganization

§ 7254 - Rules and regulations

§ 7255 - Subpoena

§ 7256 - Contracts, leases, etc., with public agencies and private organizations and persons

§ 7256a, 7256b - Transferred

§ 7257 - Acquisition, construction, etc., of laboratories, research and testing sites, etc.

§ 7257a to 7257c - Transferred

§ 7257d - Expanded research by Secretary of Energy

§ 7258 - Facilities construction

§ 7259 - Use of facilities

§ 7259a - Activities of Department of Energy facilities

§ 7260 - Field offices

§ 7261 - Acquisition of copyrights, patents, etc.

§ 7261a - Protection of sensitive technical information

§ 7261b - Technology transfer to small businesses

§ 7261c - Technology partnerships ombudsman

§ 7262 - Repealed.

§ 7263 - Capital fund

§ 7264 - Seal of Department

§ 7265 - Regional Energy Advisory Boards

§ 7266 - Designation of conservation officers

§ 7267 - Annual report

§ 7268 - Leasing report

§ 7269 - Transfer of funds

§ 7269a - Repealed.

§ 7269b - Transfer of unexpended appropriation balances

§ 7269c - Funding for Department of Energy activities not included in Fossil Energy account

§ 7270 - Authorization of appropriations

§ 7270a - Guards for Strategic Petroleum Reserve facilities

§ 7270b - Trespass on Strategic Petroleum Reserve facilities

§ 7270c - Annual assessment and report on vulnerability of facilities to terrorist attack

§ 7271 - Transferred

§ 7271a - Repealed.

§ 7271b - Repealed.

§ 7271c - Repealed.

§ 7271d to 7273a - Transferred

§ 7273b - Security investigations

§ 7273c - Transferred

§ 7274 - Environmental impact statements relating to defense facilities of Department of Energy

§ 7274a to 7274d - Transferred

§ 7274e - Scholarship and fellowship program for environmental restoration and waste management

§ 7274f - Transferred

§ 7274g - Environmental restoration and waste management five-year plan and budget reports

§ 7274h, 7274i - Transferred

§ 7274j - Repealed.

§ 7274k - Transferred

42 U.S. Code § -

42 U.S. Code § -

§ 7274p - Transferred

§ 7274q - Transferred

§ 7274r - Transferred

§ 7274s - Transferred

§ 7275 - Definitions

§ 7276 - Regulations to require integrated resource planning

§ 7276a - Technical assistance

§ 7276b - Integrated resource plans

§ 7276c - Miscellaneous provisions

§ 7276d - Property protection program for power marketing administrations

§ 7276e - Provision of rewards

§ 7276f - Western Area Power Administration; deposit and availability of discretionary offsetting collections

§ 7276g - Western Area Power Administration; deposit and availability of funds related to Falcon and Amistad Dams

§ 7277 - Report concerning review of United States coal imports

§ 7278 - Availability of appropriations for Department of Energy for transportation, uniforms, security, and price support and loan guarantee programs; transfer of funds; acceptance of contributions

§ 7279 - Identification in budget materials of amounts for certain Department of Energy pension obligations

§ 7279a - Future-years energy program annual submission and budgeting

§ 7291 - Transfer and allocations of appropriations and personnel

§ 7292 - Effect on personnel

§ 7293 - Agency terminations

§ 7294 - Incidental transfers

§ 7295 - Savings provisions

§ 7296 - Separability

§ 7297 - Cross references

§ 7298 - Presidential authority

§ 7299 - Transition

§ 7300 - Report to Congress; effect on personnel

§ 7301 - Environmental impact statements

§ 7321 - National Energy Policy Plan

§ 7322 - Congressional review

§ 7341 - Effective date

§ 7342 - Interim appointments

§ 7351 - Submission of comprehensive review

§ 7352 - Contents of review

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    1. 79 FR 43536 - Refinements to Policies and Procedures for Market-Based Rates for Wholesale Sales of Electric Energy, Capacity and Ancillary Services by Public Utilities
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      18 CFR Part 35