PRINTER'S NO. 823
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY YAW, PILEGGI, TOMLINSON, VULAKOVICH, YUDICHAK, VOGEL, WARD, ERICKSON, MENSCH, GREENLEAF, GORDNER, WHITE, ROBBINS, VANCE, WOZNIAK, RAFFERTY, COSTA, BAKER, WAUGH, BREWSTER AND BROWNE, APRIL 3, 2013
REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY, APRIL 3, 2013
5Section 1. Short title.
8Section 2. Definitions.
12"Commission." The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
1service within an existing certificated service area.
2"Extension project." New construction of a service line,
3main extension or pipeline to provide natural gas service to one
4or more residential, commercial or industrial entities not
5receiving natural gas service and for which a certificate of
6public convenience is required under 66 Pa.C.S. § 1102 (relating
7to enumeration of acts requiring certificate) which is not
8within the current certificate of public convenience territory
9issued by the commission to the natural gas distribution
13Section 3. Distribution system extension and expansion plan.
14(a) Submission.--By January 1, 2014, or within two years
15after a franchise territory is awarded, each natural gas
16distribution utility shall submit a plan to the commission. The
17plan shall be updated biennially unless sooner requested by the
18commission. The plan shall include the following:
28(4) The plan shall contain the following information:
1of customers per year.
13(b) Commission review.--The commission shall review the plan
14submitted under subsection (a) for adequacy and completeness and
15may seek additional information as necessary. If the commission
16believes the plan does not meet the requirements of this act,
17the commission shall reject the plan or order the natural gas
18distribution utility to submit a revised plan. Any changes to
19the plan may require additional commission review.
20(c) Periodic review.--The commission shall promulgate
21regulations for the periodic review of distribution system
22extension and expansion plans submitted under subsection (a),
23including standards to ensure expansion and accessibility to
24residential, commercial and industrial users. The regulations
25may authorize a natural gas distribution utility to revise,
26update or submit a new plan as appropriate.
27Section 4. Customer contributions.
9(3) The period of time, which shall not be less than ten
10years, in which customers will reimburse the natural gas
11distribution utility for the extension or expansion of
12service to the prospective customer.
27Section 5. Notification.
1at least once a year. The initial notification shall be included
2in the monthly bill of the customer. After initial notification,
3notice of the distribution system extension and expansion plan
4and customer contribution criteria shall be posted on the
5natural gas distribution utility's Internet website.
6Section 6. Bona fide request program.
7(a) Provision.--A natural gas distribution utility shall
8provide, as part of the plan, a bona fide request program in
9areas where it does not provide service or for expansion of
10service. The plan shall provide for expedited extension or
11expansion projects if there is any of the following:
12(1) A large aggregation of residential, commercial or
13industrial entities who ask to obtain or expand service.
14Expedited consideration shall be based on the number of
15potential customers, the density of the area seeking service,
16the potential usage and the cost of extending or expanding
21(b) Description.--The natural gas distribution utility shall
22provide the commission with a written description of the
23program, a sample request for expedited extension or expansion
24projects, explanation of the outreach program by the utility to
25expand its customer class and the form of any agreement
26prospective customers will be required to execute in connection
27with receiving the gas service.
1Section 7. Commission.
2(a) Approval.--The commission by regulation or order shall
3prescribe the specific procedures to be followed to approve a
4distribution system extension and expansion plan and customer
6(b) Eligible costs.--The commission shall establish
7standards to ensure that work on extension and expansion of
8service is performed by qualified employees of either the
9natural gas distribution utility or an independent contractor in
10a manner that protects system reliability and safety of the
12(c) Order.--If the commission determines that the
13distribution system extension and expansion plan is inadequate
14to provide reasonable access to natural gas services by
15residential, commercial or industrial customers, the commission
16shall revise the natural gas distribution utility's plan and
17customer contribution criteria to ensure reasonable access.
18Section 8. Audit.
22(1) Audit at intervals as determined by the commission.
25(b) Interest on excess charges.--If revenue received from
26charges under this act exceeds actual costs, the excess received
27shall be refunded with interest to the customer. Interest on
28excess collections shall be calculated at the residential
29mortgage lending rate specified by the Secretary of Banking
30under the act of January 30, 1974 (P.L.13, No.6), referred to as
3Section 20. Effective date.
4This act shall take effect in 30 days.