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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 20. Public Utilities and Telecommunications
Agency 5. State Corporation Commission
Chapter 303. Rules Governing Utility Promotional Allowances
1/29/2020

20VAC5-303-30. Permitted Activities.

1. Unless otherwise specifically prohibited in writing by the Commission, the following activities are not prohibited by these rules:

a. Advertising by a utility in its own name, consistent with § 56-235.2 of the Code of Virginia.

b. Joint advertising with others, if the utility is prominently identified as a sponsor of the advertisement consistent with § 56-235.2 of the Code of Virginia.

c. Financing the purchase of appliances by utilities so long as the interest rate or carrying charge to the purchaser is not less than the interest rate paid by the utility for short term debt.

d. Merchandising of appliances or equipment by utilities.

e. Inspection and adjustment of appliances by utilities. Repairs and other maintenance to appliances and equipment if charges are at cost, or above.

f. Donation or lending of appliances by utilities to schools for instructional purposes.

g. Technical assistance offered to customers by employees of utilities.

h. Incentives to full time employees of utilities.

2. Promotional allowance programs designed to achieve energy conservation, load reduction, or improved energy efficiency are permitted under these rules, subject to the prior approval of the Commission. Any promotional allowance program proposed under this chapter shall comply with the standards contained in 20VAC5-303-40.

Statutory Authority

§§ 56-235.1 and 56-235.2 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Case No. PUE900070 §III, eff. March 27, 1992.

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