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ORDERS ISSUED BY THE BOARD DURING 2020

UNDER THE PUBLIC UTILITIES ACT CHAPTER P- 47, 1990

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Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro for an exemption to Regulation 17 of its rules and regulations.
  Decision:  
 
  1. An exemption to Regulation 17 to allow for a service connection to the Elders Care Complex in Sheshatshiu, Labrador is approved. 
  2. Hydro shall pay all expenses of the Board arising from this Application.
  Date Issued:  
  January 13, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro for approval to continue the current Island Industrial Customer rates pursuant to sections 70(1) and 71 of the Act.
  Decision:  
 
  1. The January 1, 2020 Rate Stabilization Plan adjustments for Island Industrial Customers is delayed until a further Order of the Board.
  2. The current Island Industrial customer rates are continued until further order of the Board.
  3. Hydro shall pay all expenses of the Board arising from this Application.
  Date Issued:  
  January 30, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro for approval of an account to defer the savings associated with the Firm Energy Power Purchase Agreement with Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Limited.
  Decision:  
 
  1. The proposed deferral account for the savings related to the Firm Energy Power Purchase Agreement between Hydro and Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Limited as set out in Schedule A, is approved.
  2. Hydro shall pay all expenses of the Board arising from this Application.
  Date Issued:  
  February 10, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland Power Inc.
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland Power Inc. in accordance with Order No. P.U. 4(1997-98) to update the cost factors used in its Contribution in Aid of Construction Policy.
  Decision:  
 
  1. The revised cost factors as set out in Schedules A, B, C and D to this Order are approved to be used in the calculation of all CIACs with effect from February 27, 2020, and where advantageous to the customer, on all CIACs quoted but unpaid as of February 27, 2020.
  2. Newfoundland Power shall submit a revised CIAC Policy incorporating the revisions approved herein.
  3. Newfoundland Power shall pay the expenses of the Board arising from this Application.
  Date Issued:  
  February 20, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland Power Inc.
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland Power Inc. for an Order, pursuant to sections 41 and 78 of the Act: (a) approving a 2020 Capital Budget of $96,614,000; (b) approving certain capital expenditures related to multi-year projects commencing in 2020; and (c) fixing and determining a 2018 rate base of $1,117,341,000.
  Decision:  
 
  1. Newfoundland Power’s proposed construction and purchase of improvements or additions to its property to be completed in 2020, as set out in Schedule A to this Order, are approved.
  2. Newfoundland Power’s proposed multi-year construction and purchase of improvements or additions to its property to begin in 2020, as set out in Schedule B to this Order, are approved.
  3. Newfoundland Power’s 2020 Capital Budget for improvements or additions to its property in an amount of $96,614,000, as set out in Schedule C to this Order, is approved.
  4. Newfoundland Power’s average rate base for the year ending December 31, 2018 is hereby fixed and determined at $1,117,341,000.
  5. Unless otherwise directed by the Board, Newfoundland Power shall file an annual report to the Board on its 2020 capital expenditures by March 1, 2021.
  6. Unless otherwise directed by the Board, Newfoundland Power shall provide, in conjunction with the 2021 capital budget application, a status report on the 2020 capital budget expenditures showing for each project:
    1. the approved budget for 2020;
    2. the expenditures prior to 2020;
    3. the 2020 expenditures to the date of the application;
    4. the remaining projected expenditures for 2020;
    5. the variance between the projected total expenditures and the approved budget; and
    6. an explanation of the variance.
  7. Newfoundland Power shall pay all costs and expenses of the Board incurred in connection with the Application.
  Date Issued:  
  February 21, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro for an Order, pursuant to sections 41 and 78 of the Act: (a) approving its 2020 capital purchases and construction projects in excess of $50,000; (b) approving its 2020 Capital Budget of $108,487,300; (c) approving its estimated contributions in aid of construction for 2020; and (d) fixing and determining Hydro’s average rate base for 2015 and 2016 in the amounts of $1,747,308,000 and $1,885,849,000, respectively.
  Decision:  
 
  1. Hydro’s proposed construction and purchase of improvement or additions to its property in excess of $50,000 to be completed in 2020, as set out in Schedule A to this Order, are approved.
  2. Hydro’s proposed multi-year proposed construction and purchase of improvement or additions to its property in excess of $50,000 to begin in 2020, as set out in Schedule B to this Order, are approved.
  3. Hydro’s proposed contribution in aid of construction for 2020 are approved.
  4. Hydro’s 2020 Capital Budget for improvements or additions to its property in an amount of $107,576,100, as set out in Schedule C to this order, is approved.
  5. Hydro’s average rate base for the year ending December 31, 2015 is hereby fixed and determined to be $1,747,245,000.
  6. Hydro’s average rate base for the year ending December 31, 2016 is hereby fixed and determined to be $1,885,849,000.
  7. Unless otherwise directed by the Board Hydro shall file, with the 2021 Capital Budget Application, an updated overview in relation to the proposed capital expenditures for the Holyrood Thermal Generating Station.
  8. Unless otherwise directed by the Board Hydro shall file an annual report to the Board on its 2020 capital expenditures by March 1, 2020.
  9. Unless otherwise directed by the Board Hydro shall provide, in conjunction with the 2021 Capital Budget Application, a status report on the 2020 capital budget expenditures showing for each project:
      1. the approved budget for 2020;
      2. the expenditures prior to 2020;
      3. the 2020 expenditures to the date of application;
      4. the remaining projected expenditures for 2020;
      5. the variance between the projected total expenditures and the approved budget; and
      6. an explanation of the variance.
  10. Hydro shall pay all costs and expenses of the Board incurred in connection with the Application.
  Date Issued:  
  February 21, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro for approval of a capital expenditure for the construction and installation of an electric vehicle fast charging network across the island pursuant to section 41 of the Act.
  Decision:  
 
  1. The proposed capital expenditure in the amount of $2,059,400 for the construction and installation of an electric vehicle fast charging network, including the installation of Level 3 direct current fast chargers and Level 2 chargers at 14 locations across the island, is approved and the costs associated with this project shall not be included in Hydro’s regulated rate base and shall not be recovered from customers.
  2. Hydro shall pay all expenses of the Board arising from this Application.
  Date Issued:  
  February 21, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro for approval of revisions to the Rate Stabilization Plan Rules and Island Industrial customer rates pursuant to sections 70(1) and 71 of the Act.
  Decision:  
 
  1. An exception to the Rate Stabilization Plan Rules to allow for the use of half of the December 31, 2019 RSP Current Plan balance in the calculation of the RSP Current Plan Adjustment for Island Industrial customers, plus forecast financing costs based on the balance proposed to be recovered, is approved.
  2. The proposed revision to Section C.1 of the Rate Stabilization Plan Rules is approved.
  3. The following RSP adjustments for Island Industrial customers are approved effective February 1, 2020:
    1. an Island Industrial Customer RSP Current Plan Adjustment of 0.226 cents per kWh; and
    2. an Island Industrial Customer RSP Fuel Rider of (0.059) cents per kWh.
  4. Hydro shall pay all expenses of the Board arising from this Application.
  Date Issued:  
  February 26, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland Power Inc.
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland Power Inc. for approval to issue Series AQ First Mortgage Bonds pursuant to section 91 of the Act.
  Decision:  
 
  1. Newfoundland Power’s proposal to issue Series AQ First Mortgage Bonds in an amount of up to $100,000,000 to repay short term indebtedness and to refund the existing 9.00% Series AG First Mortgage Bonds of Newfoundland Power is approved subject to the following conditions:
    1. The Series AQ First Mortgage Bonds shall be issued on or before December 31, 2020.
    2. Newfoundland Power shall file with the Board a report specifying the terms and conditions of the bond issue within five (5) days after closing, setting out the following:
      1. date of issue;
      2. term;
      3. maturity date;
      4. principal amount;
      5. coupon rate;
      6. particulars of sinking fund, if any;
      7. price to public and to the underwriters;
      8. yield to the public;
      9. underwriting fee;
      10. actual cost (i.e. yield) to Newfoundland Power; and
      11. any other material terms or conditions.
    3. Newfoundland Power shall file with the Board a copy of the Underwriting Agreement relating to the bonds within five (5) days after closing.
    4. Newfoundland Power shall file with the Board a report on the disposition of the proceeds no later than six months from the date of the closing.
  2. Newfoundland Power shall pay all expenses of the Board arising from this Application.
  Date Issued:  
  March 24, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland Power Inc.
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland Power Inc., for approval of the balance in the Weather Normalization Reserve as of December 31, 2019 pursuant to sections 69(3) and 78 of the Act.
  Decision:  
 
  1. Newfoundland Power’s Weather Normalization Reserve of a negative balance of $5,654,474 as of December 31, 2019 is approved.
  2. Newfoundland Power shall pay all costs and expenses of the Board in connection with this Application.
  Date Issued:  
  April 6, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland Power Inc.
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland Power Inc. for an Order of the Board for disposition of the 2019 balance in the 2019 Demand Management Incentive Account pursuant to sections 58 and 80 of the Act.
  Decision:  
 
  1. The disposition of the 2019 balance in the Demand Management Incentive Account and related income tax effects by means of a debit in the amount of $2,686,951 to the Rate Stabilization Account as of March 31, 2020 is approved.
  2. Newfoundland Power shall pay the expenses of the Board arising from this Application.
  Date Issued:  
  April 8, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro for an exemption to Regulation 17 of its rules and regulations.
  Decision:  
 
  1. An exemption to Regulation 17 to allow for a service connection to ProActive Health Centre on Amherst Avenue in Labrador City is approved. 
  2. Hydro shall pay all expenses of the Board arising from this Application.
  Date Issued:  
  April 29, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro for recovery of the 2019 balances in (i) the Isolated Systems Supply Cost Variance Deferral Account, (ii) the Revised Energy Supply Cost Variance Deferral Account, and (iii) the Holyrood Conversion Rate Deferral Account, pursuant to sections 70(1) and 80 of the Act.
  Decision:  
 
  1. The balances in the Revised Energy Supply Cost Variance Deferral Account, the Holyrood Conversion Rate Deferral Account and the Isolated Systems Supply Cost Variance Deferral Account for 2019 are approved.
  2. Hydro’s proposals for the allocation by customer class of the balances in the Revised Energy Supply Cost Variance Deferral Account, the Holyrood Conversion Rate Deferral Account and the Isolated Systems Supply Cost Variance Deferral Account for 2019 are approved.
  3. Hydro’s proposal to recover the amounts allocated to Newfoundland Power and the Island Industrial customers through a transfer of balances to the respective RSP Current Plans effective March 31, 2020, with recovery from Newfoundland Power and the Island Industrial customers starting July 1, 2020 and January 1, 2021, respectively is approved.
  4. Hydro shall pay all expenses of the Board arising from this Application.
  Date Issued:  
  May 1, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro for approval of Capital Expenditures necessary for the continued operation of the Holyrood Thermal Generation Station pursuant to section 41 of the Act.
  Decision:  
 
  1. The proposed capital expenditures at the Holyrood Thermal Generating Station associated with i) the Boiler Condition Assessment and Miscellaneous Upgrades, in the amount of $3,056,700, ii) the Overhaul Unit 2 Turbine Valves, in the amount of $2,919,500, iii) the Overhaul Unit 3 Boiler Feed Pump West, in the amount of $367,900, and iv) the Overhaul Unit 2 Generator, in the amount of $1,294,100, are approved.
  2. Hydro will file monthly updates on the status of the capital projects approved in this Order from June 2020 to September 2020 and thereafter will provide updates as part of the Winter Readiness reports to be filed in October, November, and December, 2020.
  3. Hydro shall pay all expenses of the Board arising from this Application.
  Date Issued:  
  May 11, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro for approval to delay the filing of its General Rate Application pursuant to sections 70, 71 and 76 of the Act.
  Decision:  
 
  1. Hydro is not required to file its general rate application on September 30, 2020 for rates based on a 2021 test year.
  2. Hydro shall file quarterly updates with respect to the filing of its next general rate application beginning on September 30, 2020.
  3. Hydro shall pay all expenses of the Board arising from this Application.
  Date Issued:  
  May 27, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro pursuant to OC2020-081 for the approval of a one-time bill credit to Newfoundland Power Inc. and the continuation of the current Utility RSP Fuel Rider, RSP Current Plan and CDM Cost Recovery Adjustment.
  Decision:  
 
  1. The Utility RSP Current Plan Adjustment of (0.188) cents per kWh, the Utility RSP Fuel Rider of 0.000 cents per kWh, and the  CDM Cost Recovery Adjustment of 0.026 cents per kWh, approved in Order No. P.U. 30(2019), are continued for the period July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.
  2. A one-time transfer on July 31, 2020 of $50,575,999 from the RSP Current Plan balance applicable to Newfoundland Power and a one-time July 2020 bill credit to Newfoundland Power of $50,575,999 are approved.
  Date Issued:  
  June 17, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland Power Inc.
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland Power Inc. pursuant to OC2020-081 for approval to: (i) suspend the operation of the Rate Stabilization Clause with respect to the Rate Stabilization Adjustment to be charged for the period July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021; (ii) suspend the operation of the Municipal Tax Clause with respect to the Municipal Tax Adjustment factor for the period July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021; and (iii) provide a one-time customer bill credit in July 2020
  Decision:  
 
  1. The suspension of the operation of the Rate Stabilization Clause in respect of the inclusion of a revised Rate Stabilization Adjustment in the rates to be charged by Newfoundland Power for the period July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 is approved and the Rate Stabilization Adjustment of 0.043 cents per kWh is continued for the period July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.
  2. The suspension of the operation of the Municipal Tax Clause in respect of the inclusion of a recalculated MTA factor in the rates to be charged by Newfoundland Power for the period July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 is approved and the MTA factor of 1.02398 is continued for the period July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.
  3. The proposed One-Time Customer Bill Credit Plan as set out in Schedule A to this Order is approved.
  4. The proposed amendment to the Rate Stabilization Clause as set out in Schedule B to this Order is approved.
  Date Issued:  
  June 17, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro pursuant to OC2020-081 for the approval of: (i) a one-time customer bill credit plan for Hydro’s Rural customers who are subject to automatic rate changes based on Newfoundland Power’s customer rates; and (ii) the inclusion of the financial impact of the one-time customer bill credit in the Rate Stabilization Plan Rural Rate Alteration.
  Decision:  
 
  1. The proposed One-Time Customer Bill Credit Plan as set out in Schedule A to this Order is approved.
  2. The recovery of the total amount of the one-time customer credits through the RSP Rural Rate Alteration is approved.
  Date Issued:  
  June 30, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro for the approval of a change in the CDM Cost Recovery Adjustment to be charged to Island Industrial customers effective July 1, 2020.
  Decision:  
 
  1. The proposed Island Industrial customer rates, to be effective on all electrical consumption on and after July 1, 2020, as set out in Schedule A to this Order, are approved.
  2. Hydro shall pay the expenses of the Board incurred in connection with this matter.
  Date Issued:  
  June 30, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro for approval of revisions to its Cost of Service Methodology; and an application for costs by Corner Brook Pulp and Paper, NARL Refining Limited Partnership and Vale Newfoundland and Labrador Limited.
  Decision:  
 
  1. The costs of the Industrial Customer Group are fixed at $90,232.00, exclusive of HST.
  2. Hydro shall, within thirty days, pay costs to the Industrial Customer Group, in the amount of $90,232.00.
  Date Issued:  
  August 20, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro for approval of revisions to its Cost of Service Methodology; and an application for costs by the communities of Sheshatshiu, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Wabush and Labrador City.
  Decision:  
 
  1. The costs of the Labrador Interconnected Group are fixed at $21,754.36, exclusive of HST.
  2. Hydro shall, within thirty days, pay costs to the Labrador Interconnected Group in the amount of $21,754.36.
  Date Issued:  
  August 20, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro Hydro for approval to expand the restriction on load additions in Labrador East; and an application for costs by the communities of Sheshatshiu, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Wabush and Labrador City.
  Decision:  
 
  1. The costs of the Labrador Interconnected Group are fixed at $1,500.00, exclusive of HST.
  2. Hydro shall, within thirty days of the date of this Order, pay costs to the Labrador Interconnected Group in the amount of $1,500.00.
  Date Issued:  
  August 20, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro for approval of an interruptible load service agreement with Labrador Lynx Limited; and an application for costs by the communities of Sheshatshiu, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Wabush and Labrador City.
  Decision:  
 
  1. The costs of the Labrador Interconnected Group are fixed at $2,000.00, exclusive of HST.
  2. Hydro shall, within thirty days of the date of this Order, pay costs to the Labrador Interconnected Group in the amount of $2,000.00.
  Date Issued:  
  August 26, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland Power Inc.
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland Power Inc. for consent to abandon a part of its transmission line infrastructure pursuant to section 38 of the Act.
  Decision:  
 
  1. The removal from service of transmission line 101L, the 37-kilometer section of transmission line 102L and the associated substation equipment, subsequent to the completion of the necessary 2020 and 2021 capital works, is approved.
  2. Newfoundland Power shall pay all expenses of the Board arising from this Application.
  Date Issued:  
  August 27, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro for approval of the acquisition and installation of equipment to connect and integrate a photovoltaic and battery operated storage system at Mary’s Harbour, pursuant to section 41 of the Act.
  Decision:  
 
  1. The proposed capital expenditure for the acquisition and installation of equipment to connect and integrate a photovoltaic and battery operated storage system at Mary’s Harbour is approved.
  2. The recovery of the associated costs of the capital expenditure through a charge of $532,860 plus HST to St. Mary’s River Energy LLP, as supported by the Agreement filed with the Application, is approved.
  3. Hydro shall pay all expenses of the Board arising from this Application.
  Date Issued:  
  August 27, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro for approval of replacement of the line protection relays and associated equipment and cabling located in the Wabush Terminal Station for transmission lines L34 and L35 and for approval of a contribution by Tacora of an amount equal to the final capital cost of the project, pursuant to section 41 of the Act.
  Decision:  
 
  1. The proposed capital expenditure, estimated to be $259,300, for the replacement of the line protection relays located in the Wabush Terminal Station for transmission lines L34 and L35, to be fully contributed by and specifically assigned to Tacora Resources Inc., is approved.
  2. The recovery of an amount equal to the final capital cost of the project through a charge to Tacora Resources Inc. is approved.
  3. Hydro shall pay all expenses of the Board arising from this Application.
  Date Issued:  
  September 3, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro for an Order that the provision of electric vehicle charging services is not subject to the legislative authority of the province and does not require an approved rate, toll, or charge.
  Decision:  
 
  1. The provision of electric vehicle charging services does not require Board approval of a rate, toll, or charge at this time.
  2. Hydro shall pay all expenses of the Board arising from this Application.
  Date Issued:  
  September 14, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland Power Inc.
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland Power Inc. for approval of a Contribution in Aid of Construction for a single-phase extension to the Southern Lake cottage area, pursuant to section 41 of the Act.
  Decision:  
 
  1. The Refundable Contribution in Aid of Construction of seven thousand six hundred seventy-eight dollars and eighty-six cents ($7,678.86), excluding HST, to apply to Domestic customers located in the Southern Lake cottage area located near the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor, is approved.
  2. Newfoundland Power Inc. shall pay all expenses of the Board arising from this Application.
  Date Issued:  
  October 1, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro for the disposition of the balance in a deferral account approved in Order No. P.U. 3(2020) for savings associated with a firm energy purchases from Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Limited.
  Decision:  
 
  1. The balance of $1,475,512 in the Firm Energy Power Purchase Deferral Account shall be shared among all Island Interconnected customers in a manner consistent with the fuel cost allocation methodology in the RSP using the 2019 energy ratios and be applied to the 2020 RSP Current Plan balances.
  2. Hydro shall file for the approval of the Board a revised definition of the ESCVDA to provide for the flow through of variances associated with future agreements which may be approved for firm energy purchases from CBPP.
  3. Hydro shall pay all expenses of the Board arising from this Application.
  Date Issued:  
  October 30, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland Power Inc.
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland Power Inc. for consent to abandon a part of its transmission line infrastructure pursuant to section 38 of the Act.
  Decision:  
 
  1. The removal from service of the 7.7 kilometre section of Transmission Line 363L from the Seal Cove Road substation to the former asbestos mine site in the Town of Baie Verte, subsequent to the completion of the necessary 2020 capital work, is approved.
  2. Newfoundland Power shall pay all expenses of the Board arising from this Application.
  Date Issued:  
  November 16, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro for approval of an interruptible load service agreement with Labrador Lynx Limited.
  Decision:  
 
  1. The proposed Interruptible Load Service Agreement with Labrador Lynx Limited, to be effective from December 1, 2020 through to the earlier of March 31, 2021 or the in-service date of Transmission Line LI 303, is approved.
  2. Hydro shall pay all expenses of the Board arising from this Application.
  Date Issued:  
  November 16, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro for approval of a capital expenditure to supplement the 2020 Allowance for Unforeseen Items for the construction and purchase of certain improvements and additions to its property pursuant to section 41 of the Act.
  Decision:  
 
  1. The addition of a supplementary amount of $216,420 to the 2020 Allowance for Unforeseen Items is approved.
  2. Hydro shall pay all expenses of the Board arising from this Application.
  Date Issued:  
  November 16, 2020  
     
     
The Board’s Investigation and Hearing into Supply Issues and Power Outages on the Island Interconnected System Application
  Application:  
  Application for costs by Grand Riverkeeper Labrador, Inc.
  Decision:  
 
  1. The costs of Grand Riverkeeper Labrador, Inc. are fixed at $20,000, exclusive of HST.
  2. Hydro shall, within thirty days, pay costs to Grand Riverkeeper Labrador, Inc. in the amount of $20,000.
  Date Issued:  
  November 17, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro for an exemption to Regulation 17 of its rules and regulations.
  Decision:  
 
  1. An exemption to Regulation 17 to allow for a service connection to the property named as the Department of Justice and Public Safety Building being constructed by Goose Real Estate Limited at 222-224 Kelland Drive, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador is approved. 
  2. Hydro shall pay all expenses of the Board arising from this Application.
  Date Issued:  
  November 27, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro for approval of an account to defer the revenue requirement impact associated with the sale of the frequency converter to Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Limited.
  Decision:  
 
  1. The proposed Frequency Converter Depreciation Deferral Account, as set out in Schedule A to this Order, with an effective date of December 9, 2019, for the deferral of the cumulative revenue requirement impact associated with the loss on the sale of the frequency converter to Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Limited, is approved.
  2. The disposition of the cumulative revenue requirement impact included in the Frequency Converter Depreciation Deferral Account balance will be addressed as part of Hydro’s next general rate application. 
  3. Hydro shall pay all expenses of the Board arising from the Application.
  Date Issued:  
  December 11, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland Power Inc.
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland Power Inc. for approval of a 2021 forecast average rate base and a 2021 rate of return on rate base in accordance with Order No. P.U. 2(2019).
  Decision:  
 
  1. Newfoundland Power’s forecast average rate base for 2021 of $1,206,106,000 is approved. 
  2. Newfoundland Power’s rate of return on rate base for 2021 of 6.65% in a range of 6.47% to 6.83% is approved.
  3. Newfoundland Power shall pay the expenses of the Board in connection with this Application.
  Date Issued:  
  December 14, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland Power Inc.
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland Power Inc. for an Order pursuant to sections 41 and 78 of the Act: (a) approving a 2021 Capital Budget of $111,298,000; (b) approving certain capital expenditures related to multi-year projects commencing in 2021; and (c) fixing and determining a 2019 rate base of $1,153,556,000.
  Decision:  
 
  1. Newfoundland Power’s proposed construction and purchase of improvements or additions to its property to be completed in 2021, as set out in Schedule A to this Order, are approved.
  2. Newfoundland Power’s proposed multi-year construction and purchase of improvements or additions to its property, as set out in Schedule B to this Order, are approved.
  3. Newfoundland Power’s 2021 Capital Budget for improvements or additions to its property in an amount of $94,601,000, as set out in Schedule C to this Order, is approved.
  4. Newfoundland Power’s average rate base for the year ending December 31, 2019 is hereby fixed and determined at $1,153,556,000.
  5. Unless otherwise directed by the Board, Newfoundland Power shall file an annual report to the Board on its 2021 capital expenditures by March 1, 2022.
  6. Unless otherwise directed by the Board, Newfoundland Power shall provide, in conjunction with the 2022 capital budget application, a status report on the 2021 capital budget expenditures showing for each project:
    1. the approved budget for 2021;
    2. the expenditures prior to 2021;
    3. the 2021 expenditures to the date of the application;
    4. the remaining projected expenditures for 2021;
    5. the variance between the projected total expenditures and the approved budget; and
    6. an explanation of the variance.
  7. Newfoundland Power shall pay all costs and expenses of the Board incurred in connection with the Application.
  Date Issued:  
  December 15, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro for approval of an Amended and Restated Pilot Agreement for the Optimization of Hydraulic Resources pursuant to section 3(b)(iii) of the EPCA and sections 70 and 76 of the Act.
  Decision:  
 
  1. The Amended and Restated Pilot Agreement for the Optimization of Hydraulic Resources is approved.
  2. Hydro shall continue to provide updates on its Ponding and Spill Energy activities as part of its quarterly reporting to the Board during the period that the Amended and Restated Pilot Agreement for the Optimization of Hydraulic Resources is in effect.
  3. Hydro shall file, as part of its application for approval of a final agreement for the optimization of hydraulic resources, a report summarizing its experience related to Ponding and Spill Energy activities during the pilot period as well as any measures taken to enhance the effectiveness of these activities.
  4. Hydro shall pay all expenses of the Board arising from this Application.
  Date Issued:  
  December 17, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland Power Inc.
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland Power Inc. in accordance with Order No. P.U. 4(1997-98) to update the cost factors used in its Contribution in Aid of Construction Policy.
  Decision:  
 
  1. The revised cost factors as set out in Schedules A, B, C and D to this Order are approved to be used in the calculation of all CIACs effective from January 1, 2021 and, where advantageous to the customer, on all CIACs quoted but unpaid as of January 1, 2021.
  2. Newfoundland Power shall submit a revised CIAC Policy incorporating the revisions approved herein. 
  3. Newfoundland Power shall pay the expenses of the Board arising from this Application.
  Date Issued:  
  December 17, 2020  
     
     
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  Application:  
  Application by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro for approval to issue debt pursuant to section 91 of the Act.
  Decision:  
 
  1. The proposal by Hydro to borrow from the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador in an amount of up to $300,000,000 to retire outstanding short-term debt is approved subject to the following conditions:
    1.  The debt shall be issued on or before April 30, 2021.
    2. Hydro shall file with the Board an affidavit specifying the terms and conditions of the debt issue within five (5) days after terms and conditions have been successfully negotiated, setting out the following where applicable
      1. date of issue;
      2. term;
      3. maturity date;
      4. principal amount;
      5. interest rate;
      6. price to the public and to the underwriters;
      7. yield to the public;
      8. underwriting fee;
      9. actual cost to Hydro; and
      10. any other material terms or conditions.
    3. Hydro shall file with the Board a copy of the Loan Agreement relating to the debt issue within five (5) days after the conditions have been accepted by Hydro.
    4. Hydro shall file with the Board a report on the disposition of the proceeds no later than six months from the date of the closing.
  2. Hydro shall pay all expenses of the Board arising from this Application.
  Date Issued:  
  December 18, 2020  
     
     
     
     


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