JEFFERSON CITY—The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved an agreement reached by several parties which approves certain demand-side (energy efficiency) programs and a Demand-Side Investment Mechanism (DSIM) under Ameren Missouri’s second (Cycle 2) Missouri Energy Efficiency Investment Act (MEEIA) filing.
The agreement approved by the Commission is for a three-year Energy Efficiency Plan that all of the Signatories believe complies with the requirements and objectives of the MEEIA statute and the Commission’s MEEIA rules and allows Ameren Missouri to continue promoting demand-side energy efficiency. The agreement states that the three-year plan is expected to provide benefits to all customers of Ameren Missouri, including customers who do not participate in the MEEIA programs.
On October 22, 2015, the Commission rejected Ameren Missouri’s MEEIA Cycle 2 Plan because: (1) the Cycle 2 Plan did not have retrospective evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V) to true-up the energy and demand savings that actually occurred; (2) the Cycle 2 Plan contained a Performance Incentive (PI) that could reward shareholders for a foregone supply-side earnings opportunity that the shareholders did not actually forego; and (3) the Cycle 2 Plan did not benefit non-participating ratepayers.
Today, the Commission approved an agreement filed on February 5, 2016, noting that the agreement addressed the specific problems identified by the Commission in its October 22, 2015, decision.
“The Commission thanks and commends all the parties for their diligent work in negotiating a stipulation that meets Missouri’s MEEIA goals of assisting customers to use energy more efficiently,” said the Commission.
Under the MEEIA Plan approved by the Commission, there will be a number of energy efficiency programs for business and residential customers. The residential customer programs include: Lighting, Home Energy Reports, Multi-Family Low-Income, HVAC, Energy Efficiency Kits, and Efficient Products. Ameren Missouri plans to implement these programs by March 1, 2016.
Also under the agreement, Ameren Missouri will:
Include $1.5 million to fund additional research and development on energy efficiency and demand response.
Make $2.75 million available under a pilot program under its Business Custom Program for energy management systems targeting schools and other tax exempt organizations.
Work with other interested parties to address new, unserved, or underserved customer markets and identify additional cost-effective energy and demand savings strategies that could be considered for implementation for Program years 2017 and 2018 if all customers within the customer class realize a benefit.
Ameren Missouri provides electric service to approximately 1.2 million customers in Missouri.
Case No. EO-2015-0055