The Arkansas Advanced Energy Foundation (AAEF) provides legal support, technical research, expert testimony and staff support for participation by the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association (AAEA) on behalf of advanced energy expansion, utility regulatory transparency and consumer choice in proceedings currently before the Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC). The Commission is charged with the duty of ensuring that public utilities provide safe, adequate and reliable utility service at just and reasonable rates. The Commission is also charged with the duty of ensuring that customers are not charged excessive rates for such service. AAEA/AAEF will continue to seek to intervene on all dockets that have implications for advanced energy consumers in Arkansas.
In this website platform, the AAEF provides a listing of all PSC orders and filings by the AAEA in dockets where AAEA is a participant. For a complete list of filings in these and other dockets, please go to the APSC website.
Docket 13-002-U IN THE MATTER OF THE CONTINUATION, EXPANSION, AND ENHANCEMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITY ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS IN ARKANSAS
Jan. 4, 2013 Order No. 1 in Docket 13-002-U establishing a process and a timeline for the Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) to resolve issues related to the development and implementation of the second three-year cycle of comprehensive utility energy efficiency programs in Arkansas and to recommend establishment of a collaborative of all parties to address issues in the order.
Apr. 19, 2013 Joint Motion by the Parties Working Collaboratively (PWC), including AAEA, recommending that the Commission consider Arkansas-specific market conditions through a Potential Study before establishing the proposed EE goals and targets for years 2015-2017.
May 15, 2013 Additional initial comments by AAEA on Order No. 1, including specific research and comments concerning avoided costs and non-energy benefits that it requests the APSC to consider and toauthorize the PWC to address at the next meetings of the collaborative (PWC).
Sept. 3, 2013 Order No. 7 granting a motion for potential study and establishing guidance for the 2015-2017 energy efficiency program cycle, including modification of the annual filing schedule and guidance regarding the establishment of energy savings goals and the utility performance incentive, the calculation of utility avoided costs, program cost-effectiveness screening, recognition of non-energy benefits, formalization of the stakeholder collaborative process, and cross-fuel coordination of weatherization and core commercial and industrial programs.
Oct. 21, 2013 Request by the Professional Staff of the PSC, AAEA and all other parties working collaboratively (PWC), that the PWC’s response to Order No. 7 be under protective order because it will include confidential information, such as budget and financial data, the release of which might cause the utilities and their ratepayers to suffer material damage.
Oct. 28, 2013 Order No. 9 granting request for a protective order based upon the reasonable need to protect information that could impair the competitive bidding process for the Potential Study, and upon the lack of objection by any party, with certain provisions.
Oct. 29, 2013 Joint Motion by the PWC requesting an extension of the November 1 filing deadline for responding to Commission directions in Order No. 7 due to involvement of several parties in another matter pending before the Commission at this time.
Nov. 7, 2013 Testimony by Mr. Scott Dimetrosky, APEX Analytics-Independent Evaluation Monitor, regarding details and methodologies of the Potential Study to determine maximum program potential of utility EE programs.
Nov. 7, 2013 Testimony by Matt Klucher, Director of Rates and Demand Resources, Arkansas Public Service Commission, regarding the recommendation of the PWC for the EE potential study RFP and a third party estimate of the cost of compliance with carbon regulation.
Dec. 16, 2013 Order No. 12 approving recommendations of the PWC with respect to the Weatherization Collaborative, C&I Collaborative, the PWC Process and Conduct of Meetings, and Budgetary Considerations. Directs the PWC to file by February 28, 2014 an estimate of costs associated with the Collaborative Working Groups.
Feb. 14, 2014 Joint motion filed by AAEA and other parties working collaboratively (PWC) for the extension of current energy efficiency program portfolios through 2015 program year and for 2015 budget flexibility. The proposed extension would utilize existing Program Year 2014 budgets and incentive structure, but increase savings targets to 0.90% of retail sales for electric utilities and 0.50% of retail sales for natural gas utilities as directed by the Commission in Order No. 7.
Docket 12-060-R: IN THE MATTER OF AMENDMENTS TO THE ARKANSAS PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION’S RULES CONCERNING METER AGGREGATION AND COMBINED BILLING FOR NET-METERING CUSTOMERS
Aug. 8, 2012 Order No. 1 by the APSC opening a proceeding to consider whether Arkansas statutes give the Commission legal authority to establish rules under which customers may aggregate metering and/or billing for the purpose of promoting net-metering and whether such meter aggregation is in the public interest. This Order also invites parties to comment on a “strawman” example of meter aggregation rules, based on Model Net Metering Rules developed by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.
Sep. 10, 2013 Initial Comments to Order No. 1 filed by AAEA.
May 28, 2013 Final Comments by AAEA.
Sept. 19, 2013 PSC Order #9: Allows utilities and coops until September 25 to comment on staff’s proposed standard tariff and sets deadline for tariff compliance filings at 10 days after the next PSC Order approving changes to standard net metering tariff