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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 20. Public Utilities and Telecommunications
Agency 5. State Corporation Commission
Chapter 311. Interim Rules Governing Electric and Natural Gas Retail Access Pilot Programs
1/18/2020

20VAC5-311-50. Licensure of Competitive Service Providers and Aggregators.

A. Each person applying for a license to conduct business as a competitive service provider or an aggregator shall file the original application with 15 copies thereof with the Clerk of the State Corporation Commission. Each application shall include the following:

1. Legal name of the applicant as well as any trade name.

2. A description of the applicant's authorized business structure, identifying the state authorizing such structure and the date thereof; e.g., if incorporated, the state and date of incorporation; if a limited liability company, the state issuing the certificate of organization and the date thereof.

3. Name and business addresses of all principal corporate officers and directors, partners, and LLC members, as appropriate.

4. a. Physical business addresses and telephone numbers of the applicant's principal office and any Virginia office location or locations.

b. A list of states in which the applicant or an affiliate conducts business related to electricity or natural gas, the names under which such business is conducted and a description of the businesses conducted.

5. Names of the applicant's affiliates and subsidiaries. If available, applicant shall satisfy this requirement by providing a copy of its most recent form 10K, Exhibit 21 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

6. Disclosure of any affiliate relationships with local distribution companies or competitive service providers, or both, that conduct business in Virginia, and any agreements with the affiliated local distribution company that affect the provision of competitive energy services within the Commonwealth of Virginia.

7. If an affiliated competitive service provider, provide a description of internal controls it has designed to ensure that it and its employees that are engaged in the (i) merchant operations, transmission, or reliability functions of the electric generation or natural gas supply systems, or (ii) customer service, sales, marketing, accounting or billing functions, do not receive information from an affiliated local distribution company or from entities that provide similar functions for or on behalf of its affiliated local distribution company or affiliated transmission provider as would give such affiliated competitive service provider an undue advantage over nonaffiliated competitive service providers. For purposes of this subdivision, "undue advantage" means an advantage that is reasonably likely to affect adversely the development of effective competition within the Commonwealth.

8. Telephone number of the customer service department or the title and telephone number of the customer service contact person.

9. Name, title, address, and telephone number, facsimile (FAX) number, and e-mail address of the company liaison with the State Corporation Commission.

10. Name, title, and address of any registered agent in Virginia for service of process.

11. If a foreign corporation, a copy of the applicant's authorization to conduct business in Virginia from the State Corporation Commission; if a domestic corporation, a copy of the certificate of incorporation from the State Corporation Commission.

12. Sufficient information to demonstrate financial fitness commensurate with the service or services proposed to be provided. Applicant shall submit the following information related to general financial fitness:

a. Applicant's audited balance sheet and income statement for the most recent fiscal year. Published financial information such as the Securities and Exchange Commission forms 10K and 10Q should be provided, if available.

b. Proof of a minimum bond rating (or other senior debt) of "BBB-" or an equivalent rating by a major rating agency, or a guarantee with a guarantor possessing a credit rating of "BBB-" or higher from a major rating agency. In lieu of such minimum bond rating or guarantee, submit other evidence that will demonstrate the applicant's financial responsibility.

13. Identification of the geographic area or areas, the name of the local distribution company that is certificated to provide service in the area or areas and the associated pilot program or programs in which the applicant proposes to provide service, the type of service or services it proposes to provide, the class of customers to which it proposes to provide such services, and, if applying to sell electricity or natural gas, or both, at retail and, if feasible, access to the sources of supply it intends to use.

14. a. Disclosure of any (i) civil, criminal, or regulatory sanctions or penalties imposed within the previous five years against the company, any of its affiliates, or any officer, director, partner, or member of an LLC or any of its affiliates, pursuant to any state or federal consumer protection law or regulation; and (ii) felony convictions within the previous five years, which relate to the business of the company or to an affiliate thereof, of any officer, director, partner, or member of an LLC.

b. Disclosure of whether any application for license or authority to conduct the same type of business as it proposes to offer in Virginia has ever been denied or whether any license or authority issued to it or an affiliate has ever been suspended, revoked or sanctioned.

c. If applicant has engaged in the provision of electricity or natural gas, or both, in Virginia or any other state, a report of all instances of violations of reliability standards that were determined to be the fault of the applicant, including unplanned outages, failure to meet service obligations, and any other deviations from reliability standards during the previous three years. The report shall include, for each instance, the following information: a description of the event, its duration, its cause, the number of customers affected, any reports, findings or issuances by regulators or electric and natural gas system reliability organizations relating to the instance, any penalties imposed, and whether and how the problem has been remedied.

15. A $250 pilot registration fee payable to the State Corporation Commission shall accompany each initial application.

16. Sufficient information to demonstrate technical fitness commensurate with the service or services to be provided, to include:

a. The applicant's experience.

b. Identity of applicant's officers directly responsible for operations in the business to be conducted in Virginia and their experience in the generation of electricity, procurement of electricity or natural gas, or both, and the provision of energy services to retail customers.

c. If applying to sell electricity or natural gas, or both, at retail, documentation of any membership or participation in regional reliability councils or regional transmission organizations.

d. If applying to sell electricity or natural gas, or both, at retail, information concerning access to generation, supply and reserves. For electric pilots, information specifying, to the extent possible, the expected sources of electricity or electricity procurement practices that will be used to support retail sales of electricity in Virginia. For natural gas pilots, information regarding pipeline capacity and storage arrangements, including assurances that such suppliers will be able to meet the requirements of their essential human needs customers.

17. Applicants other than aggregators shall file a copy of their dispute resolution procedure for approval by the State Corporation Commission.

B. The license application shall be signed by an officer with appropriate authority under penalty of perjury that all information supplied on the application form is true and correct, and that, if licensed, applicant will abide by all applicable regulations of the State Corporation Commission.

C. Each person applying for a license to conduct business as a competitive service provider or an aggregator shall contemporaneously serve a copy of its application upon each applicable local distribution company located within the service territory or territories where the competitive service provider intends to operate.

D. Upon receipt of an application for a license to conduct business as a competitive service provider or an aggregator, the State Corporation Commission shall enter an order providing for notice to appropriate persons and an opportunity for written comment on the application.

E. A license to conduct business as a competitive service provider or an aggregator granted under this section shall expire upon the termination of the pilot program unless otherwise ordered by the State Corporation Commission. The State Corporation Commission will consider extending or converting licenses issued under this chapter to allow licensed entities to continue to provide service after the termination of the pilot programs.

F. If any application fails in any respect to be complete, the application will not be regarded as filed. The State Corporation Commission will take no action on any application until deemed complete and filed.

Statutory Authority

§ 12.1-13 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 16, Issue 20, eff. May 26, 2000.

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