File No. 36208
This rule was published in the June 1, 2012, issue (Vol. 2012, No. 11) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Public Service Commission, Administration
Format and Construction of Tariffs
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 36208
Filed: 05/15/2012 03:42:35 PM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
This rule change is in response to comments made by two public utilities who make frequent filings with the Commission and who have expressed concern about the feasibility of filing electronic versions of documents that are "exact copies" of the paper versions. The utilities state computer software differences between the document originator's system and the commission's system may cause the paper copy format to vary from the electronic format on the commission's system. The new language eliminates the requirement for an "exact copy" and substitutes a requirement for electronic and paper versions that are "substantially the same." This new language was developed in cooperation with the two utilities who requested this rule change.
Summary of the rule or change:
The requirement for an electronic document that is an "exact copy" of the filed paper copy is deleted in favor of a requirement for an electronic document that is "substantially the same as" the filed paper copy.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Section 54-3-2
- Section 54-3-4
- Section 54-4-4
- Section 54-3-3
- Section 54-7-12
- Section 54-4-1
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
No effect to state budget, only a change regarding filing requirements of electronic documents.
No effect to local government, only a change regarding filing requirements of electronic documents.
No effect to small businesses, only a change regarding filing requirements of electronic documents.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
No effect to small businesses, businesses or local government entities, only a change regarding filing requirements of electronic documents.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
The proposed changes do not generate compliance costs. Any compliance costs associated with these rules are not adversely affected by the proposed changes in the existing rule.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
This rule change makes compliance easier and more certain, and assures software differences between the systems of those filing documents and the commission will not adversely affect compliance. Any fiscal impact of this change would be positive.
Ted Boyer, Commission Chairman
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Public Service Commission
HEBER M WELLS BLDG
160 E 300 S
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84111-2316
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
- Sheri Bintz at the above address, by phone at 801-530-6714, by FAX at 801-530-6796, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
- David Clark at the above address, by phone at 801-530-6708, by FAX at 801-530-6796, or by Internet E-mail at email@example.com
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
David Clark, Legal Counsel
R746. Public Service Commission, Administration.
R746-405. Filing of Tariffs for Gas, Electric, Telephone, and Water Utilities.
R746-405-2. Format and Construction of Tariffs.
A. Format--Tariffs shall be in loose-leaf form for binding in a stiff-backed book or books as required and consist of parts or subdivisions arranged in order set forth as follows:
NAME OF UTILITY
2. Table of Contents: a complete index of numbers and titles of effective sheets listed in the order in which the tariff sheets are arranged in the tariff book. Table of contents sheets shall bear sheet numbers and be in the form set forth in Subsection R746-405-2(C).
3. Preliminary statement: a brief description of the territory served, types and classes or service rendered and general conditions under which the service is rendered. Preliminary sheets shall bear sheet numbers and be in the form set forth in Subsection R746-405-2(C). The preliminary statement shall clearly define the symbols used in the tariffs. For example:
a. "C" to signify changed listing, rule or condition which may affect rates or charges;
b. "D" to signify discontinued material, including listing, rate, rule or condition;
c. "I" to signify increase;
d. "L" to signify material relocated from or to another part of the tariff schedules with no change in text, rate, rule or condition;
e. "N" to signify new material including listing, rate, rule or condition;
f. "R" to signify reduction;
g. "T" to signify change in wording of text but no change in rate, rule or condition.
4. Service area maps: maps for telecommunication utilities shall clearly indicate the boundaries of the service area, the principal streets, other main identifying features therein, the general location of the service area in relation to nearby cities, major highways or other well-known reference points and the relation between service area boundaries and map references. Service area maps shall be approximately 8-1/2 x 11 inches in size, or folded to that size in order to fit within the borders of the space provided on tariff sheets. Maps for gas, water and electric utilities shall clearly indicate the boundaries of the service area.
B. Tariff Books--
1. Utilities shall constantly maintain their presently effective tariff at each business office open to the public.
2. Utilities shall remove canceled tariff sheets from their currently effective tariffs. Utilities shall permanently retain a file of canceled tariff sheets.
C. Construction of Tariffs for Filing--
1. The loose-leaf sheets used in tariffs shall be of paper stock not less than 16 lb. bond or of equal durability and 8-1/2 x 11 inches in size. Tariffs may be printed, typewritten or mimeographed or other similar process. Tariffs may not be hand-written. One side of a sheet only may be used and a binding margin of at least 1-1/8 inches at the left of the sheet.
a. The tariff sheets of each utility shall provide the following information:
i. the name of the utility;
ii. the sheet, or page number, along with information to designate whether it is the first version of the sheet or whether the sheet has been revised since it was originally issued. Sheets shall be numbered consecutively;
iii. the number of the advice letter with which the sheet is submitted to the Commission or the docket number if the sheet is filed in accordance with a report and order of the Commission;
iv. information to indicate the date the sheet was filed with the Commission and the date the sheet became effective.
2. Tariffs shall include the following information and as nearly as possible in the following order:
a. schedule number or other designation;
b. class of service, such as business or residential;
c. character of applicability, such as heating, lighting or power, or individual and party-line service;
d. territory to which the tariff applies;
e. rates, in tabular form if practicable;
f. special conditions, limitations, qualifications and restrictions. The conditions shall be brief and clearly worded to cover all special conditions of the rate. Amounts subject to refund shall be specified.
3. If a rate schedule or a rule is carried forward from one sheet to another, the word "Continued" shall be shown.
D. Submission of Tariff Sheets and Advice Letters--
1. Tariff sheets shall be transmitted by an advice letter or in response to a Commission order. A revised table of contents sheet shall be transmitted with each proposed tariff change, if the change requires alteration of the table of contents.
2. An original of each advice letter and
tariff sheet shall be filed with the commission, along with the
number of paper copies specified at
http://www.psc.utah.gov/filingrequirements.html. In addition, each
advice letter and tariff filing shall be presented as an electronic
word processing or spreadsheet document
and shall be an exact copy of the paper
3. Advice letters shall include the following:
a. sheet numbers and titles of the tariff sheets being filed, together with the sheet numbers of the sheets being canceled;
b. essential information as to the reasons for the filing;
c. dates on which the tariff sheets are proposed to become effective;
d. increases or decreases, more or less restrictive conditions, or withdrawals;
e. in the case of an increase authorized by the Commission, reference to the report and order authorizing the increase and docket number;
f. if the filing covers a new service not previously offered or rendered, an explanation of the general effect of the filing, including a statement as to whether present rates or charges will be affected, or service withdrawn from a previous user and advice whether the proposed rates are cost-based;
g. a statement that the tariff sheets proposed do not constitute a violation of state law or Commission rule. The filing of proposed tariff sheets shall of itself constitute the representation of the filing utility that it, in good faith, believes the proposed sheets or revised sheets to be consistent with applicable statutes, rules and orders. The Commission may, after hearing, impose sanctions for a violation hereof.
4. If authorized to file a notice that the effective tariff of a previous owner for the same service area is being adopted, the notice of adoption shall be submitted in the form of an advice letter.
5. Advice letters shall be numbered annually and chronologically. The first two digits represent the year followed by a hyphen and two or more digits, beginning with 01, as submitted by a utility for class of utility service rendered.
6. If a change is proposed on a tariff sheet, attention shall be directed to the change by an appropriate character along the right-hand margin of the tariff sheet using the symbols set forth in the preliminary statement.
7. At the time of making a tariff filing with the Commission, the utility shall furnish a copy of the advice letter and a copy of each related tariff sheet to interested parties having requested notification.
8. If the suspension is lifted by order of the Commission, the filing shall be resubmitted under a new advice letter number. If the suspension is made permanent by the Commission, the advice letter number shall not be used again.
E. Approval of Filed Tariff Sheets--
1. Utility tariffs may not increase rates, charges or conditions, change classifications which result in increases in rates and charges or make changes which result in lesser service or more restrictive conditions at the same rate or charge, unless a showing has been made before and a finding has been made by the Commission that the increases or changes are justified. This requirement does not apply to electrical or telephone cooperatives in compliance with Section 54-7-12(6), or by telecommunications utilities with less than 5,000 subscribers access lines in compliance with Section 54-7-12(7).
2. New tariff sheets covering a service or commodity not previously furnished or supplied, or revised tariff sheets, not increasing, or increasing pursuant to Commission order, a rate, toll, rental or charge, may be filed by the advice letter. Tariff sheets, unless otherwise authorized by the Commission either on complaint or on its own motion, shall become effective after not less than 30 calendar days after the filed date.
3. Upon application in the advice letter and for good cause shown, the Commission may authorize tariff sheets to become effective on a day before the end of the 30 day notice period.
4. The Commission may reject or suspend the effectiveness of tariff sheets that do not conform to these rules, which have alterations on the face thereof or contain errors, or for other reasons as the Commission determines. The Commission shall notify the utility, of its action by a letter stating the reasons therefore. Rejected tariff sheets shall be retained in the utility's file of canceled and superseded sheets. Advice letter numbers of rejected filings shall not be reused.
F. Public Inspection of Tariffs--
1. Utilities shall maintain, open for public inspection at their main office, a copy of the complete tariff and advice letters filed with the Commission. Utilities shall maintain, open for public inspection, copies of their effective tariffs applicable within the territories served by the offices.
2. Utilities shall post in a conspicuous place in their major manned business office, a notice to the effect that copies of the schedule of applicable rates in the territory are on file and may be inspected by anyone desiring to do so.
G. Contracts Authorized by Tariff--Tariff sheets expressly providing that a written contract shall be executed by a customer as a condition to the receipt of service, relating either to the quantity or duration of service or the installation of equipment, the contract need not be filed with the Commission. A copy of the general form of contract to be used in each case shall be filed with the tariff as provided in these rules.
This contract shall be subject to changes or modifications by the Commission.
KEY: rules and procedures, public utilities, tariffs, utility regulations
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
May 7, ]2012
Notice of Continuation: April 1, 2008
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 54-3-2; 54-3-3; 54-3-4; 54-4-1; 54-4-4; 54-7-12
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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Sheri Bintz at the above address, by phone at 801-530-6714, by FAX at 801-530-6796, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; David Clark at the above address, by phone at 801-530-6708, by FAX at 801-530-6796, or by Internet E-mail at email@example.com.