New Jersey Administrative Code
Title 14 - PUBLIC UTILITIES
Chapter 9 - WATER AND WASTEWATER
Subchapter 10 - DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM IMPROVEMENT CHARGE
Section 14:9-10.5 - DSIC filing requirements

Universal Citation: NJ Admin Code 14:9-10.5

Current through Register Vol. 55, No. 48, December 18, 2023

(a) Each DSIC filing made by a water utility shall include the following:

1. A detailed description of all DSIC-eligible projects placed in service clearly identifying any projects that are carried over from a prior DSIC period or from a prior DSIC recovery period and any restoration costs sought for projects placed in-service, as well as the in service date of the project associated with the restoration costs;

2. Aggregate information capturing blanket-type, DSIC-eligible infrastructure, to be rehabilitated or replaced (that is, number of valves, hydrants, or service lines) and the actual annual cost of such blanket-type replacement programs.

3. A schedule comparing the:
i. Total spending on DSIC-eligible projects to date, during the DSIC recovery period, including the base-project spending and DSIC-project spending by Foundational Filing project identification number or blanket-project category;

ii. Actual cost of completed DSIC-eligible projects for the DSIC recovery period with the estimated costs for the projects contained in the most recent Foundational Filing or amendment thereto;

iii. In-service date of completed DSIC-eligible projects versus estimated in-service date of DSIC-eligible projects as set forth in the Foundational Filing; and

iv. Actual revenues collected through the DSIC assessment, compared with the actual revenue requirement of the DSIC-eligible projects during the DSIC recovery period, and the resultant DSIC under- or over-recovery amounts;

4. A proposed DSIC schedule outlining the DSIC charge, determined in accordance with this subchapter, and detailed information demonstrating that the proposed DSIC charge meets the requirements at N.J.A.C. 14:9-10.9. The schedule shall include either, a proposed schedule for returning to customers any over-recovery in the prior DSIC recovery period, including interest at the adjusted weighted average cost of capital or, a proposed schedule for recovering from customers any under-recovery in the prior DSIC recovery period. The over-recovery, including interest, or under-recovery, shall be credited or charged to customers during the next DSIC recovery period. This information shall support the DSIC charge calculation, with documentation, detailed financial analyses, and other relevant information, showing all assumptions and calculations. All supporting financial information shall be presented in such a way as to allow the Board to evaluate whether the calculations meet the requirements of this subchapter; and

5. Other documentation, as needed, to evaluate the DSIC program.

(b) DSIC filings shall be filed with the Board on a semi-annual basis, commencing approximately six months after the effective date of the Foundational Filing. A water utility must submit its semi-annual DSIC filing within 15 days of the end of the DSIC recovery period. DSIC filings shall be reviewed by Board staff and the Division of Rate Counsel. In the event that Board staff or the Division of Rate Counsel identifies a particular project or projects or restoration costs associated with a project of concern contained in the DSIC filing, the water utility shall remove the project or restoration costs from the list of DSIC-eligible projects. If the water utility objects to the removal of a project or restoration costs from the list of DSIC-eligible projects, the water utility may file a petition with the Board seeking inclusion of the project or restoration costs as a DSIC-eligible project. The water utility may recover the interim surcharge associated with the DSIC-eligible projects closed or restoration costs during the DSIC recovery period not objected to by Board staff or the Division of Rate Counsel beginning 45 days after the receipt of the complete semi-annual DSIC filing, subject to refund at the Board's discretion.

(c) The semi-annual DSIC filings may include changes or updates to information provided in the Foundational Filing provided the information is material and relevant and the water utility has a reasonable expectation that the change will occur during the DSIC recovery period.

Amended by 49 N.J.R. 2542(a), effective 8/7/2017

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