The Wyoming Public Service Commission (Commission) approved the Application of Powder River Energy Corporation (PRECorp or the Cooperative) for authority to adjust its Heat Credit per kWh of Electric Resistant Heat (Heat Credit) in its Residential Heat Rate and Non-Residential Heat Rate tariffs, effective on and after January 1, 2020. This revision is the result of a proposed change in the underlying rates charged to PRECorp by its wholesale supplier, Basin Electric Power Cooperative. The Commission’s approval is subject to notice, protest, intervention, refund, change, further investigation, opportunity for hearing and further order of the Commission.
On December 4, 2019, PRECorp submitted its Application seeking authority to adjust the Heat Credit per kWh of the Electric Resistant Heat (Heat Credit) in its Residential Heat Rate (RHR) and Non-Residential Heat Rate (NRHR) tariffs. The RHR tariff provides an option restricted to residential customers with permanent electric resistance heat and/or electric heat pump space heating systems to receive a credit (reduction) against their heating energy charges. The RHR tariff requires separate metering for the heating systems, applies only to the heating usage, and is not available to seasonal customers. The Cooperative offers this rate in conjunction with wholesale power provided by Basin Electric Cooperative’s (Basin) Rate Schedule A – Electric and Dual Heat Rate, which provides a discounted power cost for qualifying loads. The NRHR tariff is available to Non-Residential qualifying and separately metered resistant space heating loads. PRECorp also offers this rate in conjunction with wholesale power provider Basin’s Rate Schedule A – Electric and Dual Heat Rate. PRECorp’s proposed change in the Heat Credit results in a revenue increase of $5,414, which is applied against the portion of energy used for heating between the months of October through April, and constitutes Basin’s total avoided wholesale cost per kWh, based on Basin’s proposed Electric and Dual Heat Rate. In this Application, PRECorp proposes to decrease its Heat Credit from $0.03981 per kWh to $0.03875 per kWh for qualifying systems, effective January 1, 2020.
This is not a complete description of PRECorp’s Application. The Application is on file with the Commission at its offices in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and at PRECorp's offices in Sundance, Wyoming. The Application is available for inspection by any interested person during regular business hours or online at: http://psc.state.wy.us/.
Anyone desiring to file a statement, intervention petition, protest or request for a public hearing in this matter must file in writing with the Commission on or before February 7, 2020. A proposed intervention or request for hearing must set forth the grounds under which they are made and the position and interest of the petitioner in this proceeding. Please mention Docket No. 10014-205-CT-19 (Record No. 15402) in your communications.
If you wish to intervene in this matter or request a public hearing that you will attend, or want to make a statement, a protest or a public comment, and you require reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the Commission at (307) 777-7427, or write to the Commission at 2515 Warren Avenue, Suite 300, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002, to make arrangements. Communications-impaired persons may also contact the Commission by accessing Wyoming Relay at 711.
Dated:January 8, 2020.