N.H. Code Admin. R. Puc 1904.02 - Criteria for Determining Allowed Rate Case Expenses

(a) In ruling upon rate case expenses the commission shall determine whether:
(1) An expense is properly recoverable as an allowed rate case expense pursuant to Puc 1906;
(2) The expense is an actual, known, and measurable expense associated with a full rate case proceeding, defined in Puc 1903.03; and
(3) Recovery of the expense is just, reasonable, and in the public interest.
(b) In making the above determinations, the commission shall consider:
(1) Whether the issues presented are novel or complex;
(2) The cost of the service provided to prepare and present the rate case;
(3) Where appropriate, any information concerning the customary fee for similar services, including the fees rendered in the relevant market to companies of similar size in matters of similar importance to the client;
(4) Whether the work was relevant and reasonably necessary to the rate case proceeding and the extent to which the services contributed to the efficient resolution of matters presented;
(5) Whether the utility used a competitive bidding process, when required, pursuant to Puc 1905.03 and Puc 1905.04, and in selecting a winning bidder considered information concerning the availability, experience, quality and cost of services provided;
(6) The experience and ability of the service provider;
(7) Whether the request for a rate change was just and reasonable; and
(8) Other factors as may be considered relevant to a particular rate case proceeding.


N.H. Code Admin. R. Puc 1904.02

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