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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 20. Public Utilities And Telecommunications
Agency 5. State Corporation Commission
Chapter 312. Rules Governing Retail Access to Competitive Energy Services

20VAC5-312-100. Load profiling.

A. The local distribution company shall conduct its load profiling activities in a nondiscriminatory and reasonably transparent manner.

B. The local distribution company shall ensure that profile classes are easily identifiable, that load profiles used are representative of the customer class being profiled, and that customer loads are represented in a nondiscriminatory manner. Load profiles and load profiling methodologies shall be reviewable and verifiable by the State Corporation Commission.

C. The local distribution company shall provide a competitive service provider, through the appropriate regulatory process, access to sample data, excluding any customer-specific identifier, that is necessary to verify the validity and reliability of load profiles and methodologies.

D. The local distribution company shall use a load profiling method that balances ease of implementation with the need for the load profile to reasonably represent and predict the customer's actual use. The method used shall balance the need for accuracy, cost-effectiveness for the market, predictability, technical innovation, lead time to implement, demonstrated need for market data, and sample bias. The validity of the approach needs to be reconfirmed periodically or as markets evolve, and corresponding load profiles shall be updated accordingly and made available to competitive service providers.

E. The local distribution company shall make available to a competitive service provider the validated and edited customer class or segment load profile via a website in a read-only, downloadable format or by other appropriate cost-effective electronic media. The information shall be date stamped with the date posted and the date created, and the website or other electronic media shall clearly indicate when updated information has become available.

F. A customer's assigned load profile shall remain the same regardless of the provider of electricity supply service. Customer loads that are not metered, such as streetlights, may be represented by load profiles deemed to closely reflect their known patterns of usage.

G. The load sample may include both customers served by the local distribution company, or the default service provider as determined by the State Corporation Commission pursuant to § 56-585 of the Code of Virginia, and customers served by a competitive service provider, such that a customer is not automatically removed from the load sample when the customer begins to receive service from a competitive service provider.

H. The local distribution company shall post its distribution and transmission loss factors via the appropriate electronic methodology.

Statutory Authority

§§ 12.1-13 and 56-235.8 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 17, Issue 22, eff. August 1, 2001; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 26, eff. January 1, 2003.

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