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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 20. Public Utilities and Telecommunications
Agency 5. State Corporation Commission
Chapter 201. Rules Governing Utility Rate Applications and Annual Informational Filings
5/31/2020

20VAC5-201-20. General and Expedited Rate Increase Applications.

A. An application for a general or expedited rate increase pursuant to Chapter 10 (§ 56-232 et seq.) of Title 56 of the Code of Virginia for a public utility having annual revenues exceeding $1 million, shall conform to the following requirements:

1. Exhibits consisting of Schedules 1-43 and the utility's direct testimony shall be submitted. Such schedules shall be identified with the appropriate schedule number and shall be prepared in accordance with the instructions contained in 20VAC5-201-90.

2. An applicant subject to § 56-585.1 of the Code of Virginia shall file Schedules 45 and 47 in addition to the schedules required in subdivision A 1 of this section in accordance with the instructions accompanying such schedules in 20VAC5-201-90.

3. An exhibit consisting of additional schedules may be submitted with the utility's direct testimony. Such exhibit shall be identified as Schedule 50 (this exhibit may include numerous subschedules labeled 50A et seq.).

B. The selection of a historic test period is up to the applicant. However, the use of overlapping test periods will not be allowed.

C. Applicants meeting each of the four following criteria may omit Schedules 9-18 in rate applications: (i) the applicant is not subject to § 56-585.1 of the Code of Virginia, (ii) the applicant is not currently bound by a performance-based regulation plan authorized by the commission pursuant to § 56-235.6 of the Code of Virginia that includes an earnings sharing mechanism or other attribute for which the commission has directed the performance of an Earnings Test, (iii) the applicant has no Virginia jurisdictional regulatory assets on its books, and (iv) the applicant is not seeking to establish a regulatory asset.

D. If not otherwise constrained by law or regulatory requirements, an applicant who has not experienced a substantial change in circumstances may file an expedited rate application as an alternative to a general rate application. Such application need not propose an increase in regulated operating revenues. If, upon timely consideration of the expedited application and supporting evidence, it appears that a substantial change in circumstances has taken place since the applicant's last rate case, then the commission may take appropriate action, such as directing that the expedited application be dismissed or treated as a general rate application. Prior to public hearing, and subject to applicable provisions of law, an application for expedited rate increase may take effect within 30 days after the date the application is filed. Expedited rate increases may also take effect in less than 12 months after the applicant's preceding rate increase so long as rates are not increased as a result thereof more than once in any calendar year. An applicant making an expedited application shall also comply with the following rules:

1. In computing its cost of capital, as prescribed in Schedule 3 in 20VAC5-201-90, the applicant, other than those utilities subject to § 56-585.1 of the Code of Virginia, shall use the equity return rate approved by the commission and used to determine the revenue requirement in the utility's most recent rate proceeding.

2. An applicant, in developing its rate of return statement, shall make adjustments to its test period jurisdictional results only in accordance with the instructions for Schedule 25 in 20VAC5-201-90.

3. The applicant may propose new allocation methodologies, rate designs and new or revised terms and conditions provided such proposals are supported by appropriate cost studies. Such support shall be included in Schedule 40.

E. Rates authorized to take effect 30 days following the filing of any application for an expedited rate increase shall be subject to refund in a manner prescribed by the commission. Whenever rates are subject to refund, the commission may also direct that such refund bear interest at a rate set by the commission.

Statutory Authority

§§ 12.1-13 and 56-585.1 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 25, Issue 09, eff. January 1, 2009; amended, Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 12, eff. February 1, 2013.

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