PUB: NLH 2017 General Rate Application

Board of Commissioners
of Public Utilities
 
 
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
2017 General Rate Application
 
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  Undertakings Date Requested
   
  U-1 Transcript Reference: Pg. 110, line 22- Pg. 111, line 3
RE: RFI IC 122- Attachment 1, Pg.18-20
Is revenue from off-island sales included in the rates projection for 2021?
            2018-04-17 Responded to by witness Jim Haynes during hearing.
            2018-04-17 Transcript page 1, line 16 to page 4, line 4
  April 16, 2018
         
  U-2 Transcript Reference: Pg. 73, lines 8-10
Provide a copy of the 2017 Budget and when it was approved.
  April 17, 2018
         
  U-3 Transcript Reference: Pg. 6, lines 1-4
Provide the cost (per kWh) to run the Holyrood gas turbines
  April 23, 2018
         
  U-4 Transcript Reference: Pg. 43, lines 11-22
Re: Reliable Operations System Performance
Who (In Hydro) developed the metric (criteria)?
  April 23, 2018
         
  U-5 Transcript Reference: Pg.72, lines 15-23 & Pg., lines 20-21
Re: Chart referenced in RFI IC-NLH-122, pg.20
Undertake to provide the name of the person who put the chart together
  April 23, 2018
         
  U-6

Transcript Reference: Pg. 76, line 19 to Pg.77, line 6
Undertake to confirm todays (current) electricity rate ( kWh)
            2018-04-24 Responded to by NLH Counsel, during hearing.
            Transcript page 1, line 12- to page 2, line 4 and
            Transcript page 139, line 7- to page144, line 7

  April 23, 2018
         
  U-7 Transcript Reference: Pg. 79, line 25 to Pg.80, line 11
Re: RFI IC-NLH-122
Undertake to provide what rate payers are paying in Quebec (domestic rate payers)
            2018-04-24 Responded to by NLH Counsel, during hearing.
            Transcript page 2, lines 12- to page 4, line 5
  April 23, 2018
         
  U-8 Transcript Reference: Pg. 141, line 6 to Pg. 142, lines 9-18
Undertake to provide Emera’s shareholdings in Muskrat Falls (Labrador Island transmission link)
  April 23, 2018
         
  U-9 Transcript Reference: Pg. 145, line 9-22
Undertake to provide the total expected kWh to be delivered to Soldiers Pond from the Labrador Island transmission link, excluding transmission losses
  April 23, 2018
         
  U-10 Transcript Reference: Pg. 154, line 9 to Pg. 156, line 2
Undertake to provide whether the Water Management Agreement is subject to litigation in the Quebec Courts
            2018-04-24 Responded to by NLH Counsel, during hearing.
            Transcript page 2, lines 12-23
  April 23, 2018
         
  U-11 Transcript Reference: Pg. 217, line 17 to Pg. 218, line 9
Re: INFO # 6, p. 28- middle band of Chart (NLH Other)
Undertake to provide the information that was provided to generate the middle band
  April 23, 2018
         
  U-12 Transcript Reference: Pg. 252, line 7 to Pg. 253, line 17
Undertake to provide the current operating guidelines for dispatching generation for the Island( Interconnected ) System
  April 23, 2018
         
  U-13 Transcript Reference: Pg. 15, line 22 to Pg. 17, line 21 Undertake to advise any analysis of total cost of recall power vs power over the Maritime Link   April 24, 2018
         
  U-14 Transcript Reference: Pg. 35, line 4-9
RE: Labrador Industrial Transmission Rate Policy
Undertaking to provide copy of Policy , if not confidential
  April 24, 2018
         
  U-15 Transcript Reference: Pg. 48, line 25 to Pg. 26, line 5
Undertaking to provide component of Salary of CEO of Nalcor charged to Hydro?
  April 24, 2018
         
  U-16 Transcript Reference: Pg. 71, lines 9-11
RE: Exhibit 2, Schedule 1, pg. 29
Chart showing structure of Regulatory Affairs Department
Undertake to provide an updated chart
  April 24, 2018
         
  U-17 Transcript Reference: Pg. 113, line 1 to Pg. 114, line 6
RE; Info # 1 , Table 3.17 2017 Actuals
Undertake to provide the updated test year to reflect the Settlement Agreement changes
  April 24, 2018
         
  U-18 Transcript Reference: Pg.112, line 11 to Pg. 114, line 6
Re: RFI PUB-NLH-063
Undertake to provide the number of vacancies at the end of 2017
  April 24, 2018
         
  U-19

Transcript Reference: Pg. 153, line 10 to Pg. 159, line 7

Undertaking to provide the reduction in the incentive payments would be if only 50% of the financial performance is included in the revenue requirement as ordered by the Board with respect to Newfoundland Power

  April 24, 2018
         
  U-20 Transcript Reference: Pg. 176, line 18 to Pg. 177, line 19
Undertaking to provide the amount of 2018 payments made in relation to 2017 performance.(Company-wide for Hydro)
  April 24, 2018
         
  U-21 Transcript Reference: Pg.6, line 7 to Pg. 7. , line 8
Re: U#7
Consumer Advocate undertook to provide the appeal factum filed by CFLCo in the Quebec Supreme Court and the declarations that Hydro is seeking
  April 25, 2018
         
  U-22 Transcript Reference: Pg. 54, line 16 to Pg. 55, line 24
Confirm whether, under the expected supply scenario, does it include recovery of or payment of the O&M costs for Nalcor for operating the Labrador Island Link
  April 25, 2018
         
  U-23 Transcript Reference: Pg.59, line 22 to Pg.60, line 12
Undertake to confirm that the load forecast doesn’t take into account the possible requirements of Wabush Mines in 2018 and 2019
  April 25, 2018
         
  U-24 Transcript Reference: Pg. 65, line 15 to Pg. 67, line 18
Re: Data Centres in Labrador – Availability of recall power
Undertake to provide summary of what is being requested, what’s anticipated of being available in the 2018-2019 test year
  April 25, 2018
         
  U-25 Transcript Reference: Pg. 112, line 23 to Pg. 113, line 20
Re: RFI NP-NLH-13 – FTE’s 2015 test year
Undertake to determine how FTEs went from 943 to 888 in the Boards previous Order No. P.U. 46(2017)
  April 25, 2018
         
  U-26 Transcript Reference: Pg. 127, line 10 to Pg. 129, line 3
RE: Technical Report Specialist
Follow-up and advise whether there were any other roles eliminated because of the position
  April 25, 2018
         
  U-27 Transcript Reference: Pg. 134, lines 2-12
RE: PUB-NLH-11, Revision 1 – Table 2
Undertake to update the table to include 2017 actuals
  April 25, 2018
         
  U-28 Transcript Reference: Pg. 134, line 16 to Pg. 135, line 17
RE: RFIs PUB-NLH-11, Revision 1 - and PUB-NLH-59 - Table 2 and 3
Net changes increases in FTE’s from 2015 to 2019 test years
Undertake to advise when positions were added
  April 25, 2018
         
  U-29 Transcript Reference: Pg. 143, line 23 to Pg. 144 , line 1
RE: RFI PUB-NLH 32 , Table 3.1
Undertake to have table 3.1 updated to show 2017 actuals
  April 25, 2018
         
  U-30 Transcript Reference: Pg. 168, line 22 to Pg. 171, line 13
Re: Info#1, pg. 29
Undertake to provide the reason for the $4 million increase in actuals in 2016 and to provide an analysis of the new positions that came in 2017 (actuals) what is in for the full year in 2018
  April 25, 2018
         
  U-31 Transcript Reference: Pg. 178, line 22 to Pg. 179, line 15
Re: NP-NLH-76, pg. 2/2
Undertake to update Table to include 2017 actuals
  April 25, 2018
         
  U-32 Transcript Reference: Pg. 187 , line 4 to Pg. 189, line 10
Undertake to put a dollar figure on what reductions have resulted from those conservation and demand management programs
  April 25, 2018
         
  U-33 Transcript Reference: Pg. 209, line 15 to Pg. 210 , line 14
Undertake to provide what percentage of electricity in NL is produced by Hydro, Holyrood and wind
  April 25, 2018
         
  U-34 Transcript Reference: Pg. 221, line 8 to Pg. 222, line 1
Re: IC-NLH-122, pg. 22/26
Undertake to confirm if the energy charges that Hydro is using for Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick are actual energy charges or are based on unit costing and how the amounts were derived for New Brunswick
  April 25, 2018
         
  U-35 Transcript Reference: Pg. 3, line 24 to Pg. 4, line 25
Undertake to provide any reference you have to the update on net metering; how many have availed of it or applied for it, or undertaken projects pertaining to net metering and if you have any reference to coordination between Hydro and Newfoundland Power as part of your Undertaking
  April 26, 2018
         
  U-36 Transcript Reference: Pg. 83, lines 12-23
Undertake to provide a copy of what the measures and objectives for Mr. Coish’s performance reviews.
  April 26, 2018
         
  U-37 Transcript Reference: Pg. 83, lines 12-23
Undertake to provide the job description that was posted for this position.
  April 26, 2018
         
  U-38 Transcript Reference: Pg. 84, lines 2-12
Undertake to provide if there has been any written direction to Hydro employees to include Mr. Coish in decisions involving industrial customers
  April 26, 2018
         
  U-39 Transcript Reference: Pg.104, line 21 to Pg.106, line 4
Undertake to provide, in reference to Exhibit 3, Pg. 6, a document or a list of processes and performance indicators for the “Development of Key Account Management Process”
  April 26, 2018
         
  U-40 Transcript Reference: Pg. 23, line 20 to Pg. 24, line 18
Undertake to provide who prepared/sponsored the costs for 2018/2019 test year for Transmission, Distribution and the NLSO department.
  July 16, 2018
         
  U-41 Transcript Reference: Pg. 68, line 22 to Pg. 75, line 7
Re: Undertaking #2
Undertake to provide the final 2017 operating costs budget.
(In a format similar to PUB-NLH-054, if possible. Showing what the budget for
2017 was, versus just the actual dollar figure. Show the breakdown.)
  July 16, 2018
         
  U-42 Transcript Reference: Pg. 97, line 24 to Pg. 99, line 3
Undertake to provide the terms of reference/mandate for the productivity team.
  July 16, 2018
         
  U-43 Transcript Reference: Pg. 118, line 4 to Pg. 120, line 24
Undertake to provide an explanation for the remaining 2 FTEs in 2017 over 2016
in Transmission, Distribution and the NLSO department.
  July 16, 2018
         
  U-44 Transcript Reference: Pg. 122, line 14 to Pg. 123, line 4
Re: NP-NLH-012, Attachment 2
Undertake to provide an updated chart for the 2017 actuals (Labour Costs) broken
down by functional area.
  July 16, 2018
         
  U-45 Transcript Reference: Pg. 123, line 7 to Pg. 123, line 24
Re: NP-NLH-012, Attachment 2
Undertake to provide why Transmission, Distribution and the NLSO 2017 costs
remained the same with so many FTEs moving.
  July 16, 2018
         
  U-46 Transcript Reference: Pg. 139, line 19 to Pg. 140, line 15
Re: Undertaking #27 and NP-NLH-012
Undertake to confirm that the reconciliation of U-27 and NP-NLH-012 may be
complicated because U-27 is operational and capital costs but NP-NLH-012 is
only operational costs.
  July 16, 2018
         
  U-47 Transcript Reference: Pg. 141, line 22 to Pg. 143, line 22
Undertake to provide the positions added the Production department in 2017 and
the actual business justification for adding them.
  July 16, 2018
         
  U-48 Transcript Reference: Pg. 207, line 11 to Pg. 209, line 3
Re: NP-NLH-069, Attachment 1
Undertake to provide updated travel costs by functional area for 2017.
  July 16, 2018
         
  U-49 Transcript Reference: Pg. 220, line 14 to Pg. 227, line 11
Re: NP-NLH-072
Undertake to update NP-NLH-072 just for 2017 actuals.
  July 16, 2018
         
  U-50 Transcript Reference: Pg. 227, line 17 to Pg. 229, line 24
Undertake to provide the 2017 actuals for vegetation management.
  July 16, 2018
         
  U-51 Transcript Reference: Pg. 237, line 19 to Pg. 238, line 6
Undertake to provide the 2017 actuals for system equipment and maintenance.
  July 16, 2018
         
  U-52 Transcript Reference: Pg. 158, line 14 to Pg. 269, line 10
Undertake to confirm if minutes of the monthly production team meetings exist
and, if so, to provide them.
  July 16, 2018
         
  U-53 Transcript Reference: Pg. 160, line 23 to Pg. 162, line 9
Undertake to provide the account balance in the deferral account as of the end of
Q2, 2018.
  July 17, 2018
         
  U-54 Transcript Reference: Pg. 2, line 16 to Pg. 5, line 21
Undertake to provide the PowerPoint presentation showing the double counting in
the O & M number.
  July 18, 2018
         
  U-55 Transcript Reference: Pg. 66, line 16 to Pg. 67, line 5
Undertake to provide Hydro’s actual sale figures to Newfoundland Power for the
period of January to June 2018.
  July 18, 2018
         
  U-56 Transcript Reference: Pg.98, line 12 to Pg. 98, line 4
Undertake to provide the breakdown for market purchases over the Maritime Link
versus over the LIL.
  July 18, 2018
         
  U-57 Transcript Reference: Pg. 100, line 2 to Pg. 100, line 17
Undertake to provide the contract with respect to the Maritime Link that was
modified to address the additional supply.
  July 18, 2018
         
  U-58 Transcript Reference: Pg. 137, line 6 to Pg. 140, line 24
Undertake to provide Hydro’s plan (once it becomes available) with deliverables
and a schedule as to what are the consultations, when they will start, what you
expect to gain from them, who you hope to have do that?
  July 18, 2018
         
  U-59 Transcript Reference: Pg. 141, line 1 to Pg. 141, line 14
Undertake to provide the date when the procedure on how to reconcile the
inconsistencies in the operating practice and in T001 will be filed.
  July 18, 2018
         
  U-60 Transcript Reference: Pg. 9, line 14 to Pg. 12, line 7
Undertake to provide an updated organizational chart for Supply Chain Management.
  July 24, 2018
         
  U-61 Transcript Reference: Pg. 19, line 25 to Pg. 20, line 21
Re: PUB-NLH-051
Undertake to provide the 2016 budget guidelines, if available.
  July 24, 2018
         
  U-62 Transcript Reference: Pg. 26, line 15 to Pg. 27, line 10
Re: PUB-NLH-051
Undertake to provide who was responsible in 2016 for preparation of the 3
budgets (2017, 2018 and 2019).
  July 24, 2018
         
  U-63 Transcript Reference: Pg. 41, line 6 to Pg. 44, line 4
Undertake to provide the difference between the embedded contractor cost versus
the employee cost for both the 2018 and 2019 test years.
  July 24, 2018
         
  U-64 Transcript Reference: Pg. 91, line 18 to Pg. 95, line 24
Undertake to provide what the 2019 budget looked like when you first saw it.
  July 24, 2018
         
  U-65 Transcript Reference: Pg. 118, line 21 to Pg. 120, line 6
Re: Undertaking #42
Undertake to provide the Innovation and Productivity team execution plan.
  July 24, 2018
         
  U-66 Transcript Reference: Pg. 131, line 13 to Pg. 133, line 21
Undertake to provide reports from the Innovation and Productivity team
mentioned in the terms of reference.
  July 24, 2018
         
  U-67 Transcript Reference: Pg. 165, line 14 to Pg. 168, line 5 Re: Undertaking #44
Undertake to provide the reconciliation of the 5.7 for 2017 actual financial services to the 6.7 for 2018 test year and confirm the reason for the 2019 increase to 69.
  July 24, 2018
         
  U-68 Transcript Reference: Pg. 227, line 24 to Pg. 229, line 15
Re: Supplemental Evidence filed on July 20, 2018
Undertake to confirm what is included in other off-island purchases in table 2.
  July 24, 2018
         
  U-69 Transcript Reference: Pg. 3, line 15 to Pg. 7, line 14
Re: IC-NLH-122, Attachment 1
Undertake to look into the numbers in the Muskrat Falls Project Update, June
23rd, 2017 (whether O&M costs include the generation portion).
  July 25, 2018
         
  U-70 Transcript Reference: Pg. 55, line 15 to Pg. 57, line 7
Re: Undertaking #54
Undertake to provide what the NCC committee costs were and why they were not
taken out.
  July 25, 2018
         
  U-71 Transcript Reference: Pg. 57, line 18 to Pg. 61, line 6
Re: Undertaking #54
Undertake to confirm the role of the independent engineer and how far back they
were assigned/how long they have been in place.
  July 25, 2018
         
  U-72 Transcript Reference: Pg. 46, line 24 to Pg. 64, line 1
Undertake to break down the Operating and Maintenance costs for 2018-2021 by
component and confirm the costs of the LTA.
  July 25, 2018
         
  U-73 Transcript Reference: Pg. 67, line 7 to Pg. 72, line 10
Re: Supplemental Evidence filed on July 20, 2018, page 3, Footnote 7
Undertake to provide the delivery costs and agency fees included in the total cost
of power purchases including how they are calculated and the basis for charging
them.
  July 25, 2018
         
  U-74 Transcript Reference: Pg. 90, line 4 to Pg. 91, line 7
Re: Grant Thornton Financial Consultants Report, December 4, 2017, pg. 27
Undertake to provide confirmation of which plant investment items have been
approved and which items have not.
  July 25, 2018
         
  U-75 Transcript Reference: Pg. 93, line 11 to Pg. 97, line 9
Re: NLH Additional Cost of Service Information, Appendix F
Undertake to confirm and reconcile the average rate base figures for the 2018 test
year.
  July 25, 2018
         
  U-76 Transcript Reference: Pg. 97, line 11 to Pg. 98, line 13
Re: NLH Additional Cost of Service Information, Appendix F
Undertake to confirm and reconcile the average rate base figures for the 2019 test
year.
  July 25, 2018
         
  U-77 Transcript Reference: Pg. 112, line 18 to Pg. 113, line 6
Undertake to look into providing the schedules to the agreements on the record for
the jurisdictional application.
  July 25, 2018
         
  U-78 Transcript Reference: Pg. 134, line 11 to Pg. 139, line 3
Re: Grant Thornton Financial Consultants Report, December 4, 2017, pg. 13
Undertake to provide the letter from Government to Hydro that sets out the
amount of the fee Hydro is paying on new debt.
  July 25, 2018
         
  U-79 Transcript Reference: Pg. 38, line 3 to Pg. 40, line 2
Undertake to advise if there were any elasticity studies performed over the last five years (2012-2018).
  July 26, 2018
         
  U-80 Transcript Reference: Pg. 81, line 23 to Pg. 83, line 17
Re: Undertaking #11, Table 1
Undertake to provide a further breakdown of the figures with reference to the bulleted information and whether such a breakdown was provided to Nalcor/Hydro and if a more recent update of that information exists.
  July 26, 2018
         
  U-81 Transcript Reference: Pg. 81, line 23 to Pg. 84, line 2 to Pg. 85, line 16
Undertake to confirm whether the LIL, LTA and MF costs that Hydro will be paying appear in the NLH band or MF purchase band.
  July 26, 2018
         
  U-82 Transcript Reference: Pg. 96, line 15 to Pg. 97, line 8
Re: Undertaking #52, Attachment #1
Undertake to provide if the analysis actioned for May 1, would have been presented/on the agenda for the senior leadership team meeting scheduled for July 26, 2018.
  July 26, 2018
         
  U-83 Transcript Reference: Pg. 98, line 11 to Pg. 100, line 4
Re: Undertaking #52, Attachment #1
Undertake to provide the actual Hydro overtime worked globally up to 2018 or as of the last date the info was compiled.
  July 26, 2018
         
  U-84 Transcript Reference: Pg. 100, line 8 to Pg. 102, line 19
Re: Undertaking #54
Undertake to provide update, if prepared and provided to Hydro before the end of the hearing, of Nalcor’s report on O&M costs.
  July 26, 2018
         
  U-85 Transcript Reference: Pg. 110, line 18 to Pg. 112, line 3
Re: Undertaking #54, Pg. 8
Undertake to check the years for which it is targeted that positions will be filled.
  July 26, 2018
         
  U-86 Transcript Reference: Pg. 114, line 8 to Pg. 115, line 1
Re: Undertaking #54, Budget Highlights
Undertake to confirm whether the first reference to 2019 in the third bullet should actually be 2018.
  July 26, 2018
         
  U-87 Transcript Reference: Pg. 117, line 21 to Pg. 120, line 11
Re: Undertaking #54, pg. 12
Undertake to provide what Hydro’s transmission O&M costs are as a percentage of Hydro’s gross asset values.
  July 26, 2018
         
  U-88 Transcript Reference: Pg. 130, line 4 to Pg. 132, line 7
Re: Undertaking #54, pg. 18
Undertake to provide the amounts included in the revenue requirement for community betterment for 2018-2019 and what composes those costs.
  July 26, 2018
         
  U-89 Transcript Reference: Pg. 132, line 10 to Pg. 136, line 11
Re: Undertaking #54, pg. 18
Undertake to provide average figure for travel per employee.
  July 26, 2018
         
  U-90 Transcript Reference: Pg. 152, line 23 to Pg. 154, line 23
Re: Undertaking #78, Attachment 1
Undertake to provide the amount in the test years associated with the fee that Hydro forecast it will pay to Government associated with borrowing directly from the Government.
  July 26, 2018
         
  U-91 Transcript Reference: Pg. 167, line 4 to Pg. 168, line 2
Re: PUB-NLH-125, Table 1
Undertake to confirm the list of positions remains current. If not, update.
  July 26, 2018
         
  U-92 Transcript Reference: Pg. 168, line 4 to Pg. 168, line 21
Undertake to provide vacancies as of June 30, 2018.
  July 26, 2018
         
  U-93 Transcript Reference: Pg. 171, line 13 to Pg. 172, line 13
Undertake to provide those areas where Hydro expects immediate savings and the amounts that might be reflected in the test years of the Innovation and Productivity team.
  July 26, 2018
         
  U-94 Transcript Reference: Pg.40, line 10 to Pg.56, lines 23 to 25
Re: Supplemental Evidence filed July 20, 2018, Table 9
Undertake to provide the breakdown provided from Nalcor of the figures terms of those costs.
  August 6, 2018
         
  U-95 Transcript Reference: Pg. 103, line 1 to Pg. 104 line 24
Re: Supplemental Evidence filed July 20, 2018, Table 2
Undertake to provide document on how LIL and LTA operating costs was calculated.
  August 6, 2018
         
  U-96 Transcript Reference: Pg. 120, line 1 to Pg. 122, line 13
Re: Agency Fees
Undertake to provide an update on the amount of agency fees – confirm the arrangement. (Hydro to advise – Re: confidentiality of undertaking).
  August 6, 2018
         
  U-97 Transcript Reference: Pg. 165, line 14 to Pg. 166, line 2
Re: LIL and LTA O&M costs
Undertake to provide math (calculation), if LIL and LTA O&M costs were disallowed, what would the 12.4 look like.
  August 6, 2018
         
  U-98 Transcript Reference: Pg. 80, line 7 to Pg. 85, line 9
Re: Customer Impact Filing, August 3, 2018, Table 1
Undertake to provide:
i. Impact on recapture energy if LIL is not in service until November 1, 2018 and December 1, 2018
ii. Monthly breakdown of recapture energy for 2018 and 2019
iii. Monthly breakdown of off-island purchase for 2018 and 2019 (subject to confidentiality)
  August 7, 2018
         
  U-99 Transcript Reference: Pg. 139, line 20 to Pg. 140, line 7
Re: Christensen Report
Undertake to file the report that you referred to that contains the benchmarks for O & M costs. (Christensen Report referenced in oral testimony)
  August 7, 2018
         
         
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