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DC Changes Retail Supplier Reporting Requirements

D.C. Public Service Commission Changes Filing Requirements for Retail Electricity Supplier Semi-Annual Fuel Mix and Air Emissions Reports

Licensed retail electricity suppliers are generally required to report the fuel mix and air emissions of the energy they supply. Suppliers often have questions about the technical reporting requirements for fuel mix and emissions, including both (1) the information that must be provided and (2) the procedure for reporting that information. The lawyers of GreeneHurlocker have assisted clients with interpreting the regulatory requirements for emissions and fuel mix reports, as well as understanding how and where to file the reports, in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Delaware. Recently, as suppliers have shifted to offering more green energy and renewable energy products, some suppliers have had difficulty interpreting the nuanced disclosure requirements regarding these renewable energy products.

The D.C. Public Service Commission has even issued orders to show cause against retail suppliers that failed to meet their fuel mix and emissions reporting obligations. Some of the suppliers subject to past show cause orders missed the filing deadline, and others were unaware of the appropriate PJM system mix to include in their reports. Licensed suppliers are obligated to fulfill the applicable reporting requirements in each jurisdiction in which they operate and, as we have learned from experience in D.C., it is important that all suppliers understand the applicable reporting requirements.

In an Order issued on December 17, 2015, the D.C. Commission revised its docketing system for fuel mix reports, providing a new docket where retail suppliers will be required to file future fuel mix and air emissions reports. As retail suppliers prepare for future fuel mix and emissions filings in D.C. and Maryland, and particularly for the upcoming D.C. semi-annual fuel mix report deadline in June of 2016 under the new docket, the energy attorneys at GreeneHurlocker welcome any questions regarding these compliance matters, or any other issues relating to the retail energy sector.