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Oklahoma Corporation Commission approves rules to tighten up electric utility efficiency programs

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission voted Friday to approve rules changes that make reporting of energy efficiency savings more consistent across all electric utilities. The changes also better align incentives and performance.
by Paul Monies Published: February 20, 2014

“What we saw was that the utility filings were very different,” Champion said. “The way they were applying the rules were very different. If you talked to the utilities, they recognized that one utility was doing something differently than they were, based on their interpretation of the rules. It wasn’t wrong, it was just not consistent.”

Champion said the rule changes were an attempt to connect incentives with performance goals for electricity sales reductions, which had become disconnected under the present rules. She said the new rules were a good balance between the flexibility desired by utilities and the review needed for regulators.

“So what we tried to do was clean it all up, put everyone on the same playing field and make it clear that there’s some link to incentives and performance,” Champion said.

Among other changes were rules allowing electric utilities to notify customers by email or text message for confirmation of billing changes or annual notification of commission utility rules.

Customers would have to opt to receive electronic notification.

By default, customers would still receive mailed notices.

The rules now go to the Legislature and Gov. Mary Fallin for final approval.

by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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