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NOTICE OF FILING AND PUBLIC HEARING
NOTICE OF FILING AND PUBLIC HEARING
D.P.U. 18-115 November 1, 2018

Petition of NSTAR Gas Company d/b/a Eversource Energy, pursuant to G.E. c. 25, § 21,
for approval by the Department of Public Utilities of its Three-Year Energy Efficiency Plan
for 2019 through 2021.

On October 31, 2018, NSTAR Gas Company d/b/a Eversource Energy (“Company”),
filed with the Department of Public Utilities (“Department”), a petition for approval of a
three-year energy efficiency plan, covering calendar years 2019 through 2021 (“Three-Year
Plan”). The Company filed its Three-Year Plan pursuant to An Act Relative to Green
Communities, Acts of 2008, c. 169, § 11 (“Green Communities Act”) and Investigation by
the Department of Public Utilities on its own Motion into Updating its Energy Efficiency
Guidelines Consistent with An Act Relative to Green Communities, D.P.U. 08-50 (2008);
D.P.U. 08-50-A (2009); D.P.U. 08-50-B (2009); D.P.U. 08-50-C (2011); D.P.U. 08-50-D
(2012). The Department has docketed this matter as D.P,U. 18-115.

The Green Communities Act requires the Commonwealth’s electric and gas
distribution companies, and municipal aggregators with certified efficiency plans, (“Program
Administrators”) to develop energy efficiency plans that provide for the acquisition of all
available energy efficiency and demand reduction resources that are cost-effective or less
expensive than supply. G.E. c. 25, § 21. To accomplish this goal, Program Administrators
are required to develop three-year energy efficiency plans in consultation with the Energy
Efficiency Advisory Coupeil (“Council”) and submit such plans to the Department for
review. G.E. c. 25, § 21. The Green Communities Act requires the Department to:

(1) consider the plan;
(2) provide an opportunity for interested persons to be heard in a
public hearing; and
(3) within 90 days after the submission of die plan, issue a decision on
the plan that ensures that all energy efficiency and demand reduction resources that are
cost-effective or less expensive than supply have been identified and captured by the Program
Administrator. G.E. c. 25, § 21.

The Company’s proposed Three-Year Plan includes energy efficiency programs for
residential, low-income, and commercial and industrial customers. The Plan also
incorporates the Company’s Residential Conservation Service filing pursuant to G.L. c. 164,
App. § 2-7(h). The Company’s proposed budget for the three-year period is $181,098,271
(i.~, $57,756,317 in 2019, $60,521,019 in 2020, and $62,820,935 in 2021) and includes a
performance incentive.
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If the Company’s Three-Year Plan is approved as proposed, the Company states that
customers could experience the following bill impacts:

• A residential heating customer ‘(Rate R-3) using 128 therms per month could
expefience a monthly peak bill increase of $1.75 or 1,0 percent in 2019; a
monthly peak bill increase of $3.19 or 1.8 percent in 2020; and a monthly peak
bill increase of $1.02 or 0.6 percent in 2021;

• A low-income residential heating customer (Rate R-4) using 120 therms per month
could experience a monthly peak bill increase of $1.23 or 1.0 percent in 2019; a
monthly peak bill increase of $2.25 or 1.8 percent in 2020; and a monthly peak
bill increase of $0.72 or 0.6 percent in 2021; and

• Bill impacts for commercial and industrial customers will vary. These customers
should contact the Company for specific bill impact information.
Customers who participate in energy efficiency programs may experience a monthly bill
decrease over the duration of the Three-Year Plan. For specific bill impacts, please contact
the Company as indicated below.

A copy of the Company’s Three-Year Plan is on file at the Department’s offices, One
South Station - 5t~~ Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110 for public viewing during business
hours and on the Department’s website at http : //www .mass. gov/dpu. Documents on the
Department’s website may be accessed either by browsing for documents by industry (e.g,,
Electric or Gas) at http : //webl . env. state .ma. us/DPU/FileRooflhldOckets/bvindustrv or by
looking up the docket by its number in the docket database at
http://webl .env.state.ma.us/DPU/FileROOm/dOckets/bvnumber (enter “18-115”). A copy is
also on file for public view at the office of NSTAR Gas Company 800 Boylston Street,
Boston, Massachusetts 02199 and on the Company’s website. Any person desiring further
information regarding the Three-Year Plan should contact counsel for the Company, John K.
Habib, Esq., at (617) 951-1400. Any person desiring further information regarding this
notice should contact Jessica Effis, Hearing Officer~ Department ofPublic Utifities, at (617)~
305-3500.

The Department will conduct a public hearing to receive comments on the proposed
Three-Year Plan. The hearing will take place on Monday, December 3, 2018, 2:00 p.m. at
the Department’s offices, One South Station — ~ Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110. Any
person who desires to comment may do so at the time and place noted above or submit
written comments to the Department not later than the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on
December 3, 2018.

Any person who desires to participate in the evidentiary phase of this proceeding must
file a written petition for leave to intervene with the Department. A petition for leave to
intervene must satisfy the timing and substantive requirements of 220 CMR 1.03. The
following persons/entities who desire to participate in the evidentiary phase of this proceeding
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must file a written petition for leave to intervene with the Department not later than the close
of business on Thursday, November 1, 2018: (1) voting and non-voting members of the
Council; (2) any entity whose interests are represented on the Council; (3) any person/entity that
has participated in the Council process; and (4) any person/entity that was previously granted
intervention as a full party or limited participant in a three-year energy efficiency plan
proceeding. All other persons/entities who desire to participate in the evidentiary phase of
this proceeding must file a written petition for leave to intervene with the Department not
later than the close of business on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. Receipt by the
Department, not mailing, constitutes filing and determines whether a petition has been timely
filed, A petition filed late may be disallowed as untimely, unless good cause is shown for
waiver under 220 CMR 1.01(4). To be allowed, a petition under 220 CMR 1.03(1) must
satisfy the standing requirements ofG;-L—rcr30A, § 10—All-responses to petitions to -
intervene must be filed by the close of business of the second business day after the petition
to intervene was filed.

An original and one (1) copy of all written comments or petitions to intervene must be
filed with Mark D. Marini, Secretary, Department of Public Utilities, One South Station - 5UI
Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110, not later than the close of business on the dates noted
above. One copy of all written comments or petitions to intervene should also be sent to the
Company’s attorney, John K. Habib, Esq., Keegan Werlin, LLP, 99 High Street, 29~~ Floor,
Boston, Massachusetts 02110-3113, and by email, jhabib~keeganwerlin.com.
All written comments or petitions to intervene should also be submitted to the
Department in electronic format using one of the following methods: (1) by e-mail
attachment to dpu.efiling~mass.gov and to the Hearing Officer, Jessica Ellis,
jessica.ellis~mass.gov, or (2) on a CD-ROM. The text of the e-mail or CD-ROM must
specify: (1) the docket number of the proceeding (D.P.U. 18-115); (2) the name of the
person or company submitting the filing; and (3) a brief descriptive title of the document.
The electronic filing should also include the name, title, and telephone number of a person to
contact in the event of questions about the filing. The electronic file name shoqld identify the
document, but should not exceed 50 characters in length. All documents submitted in
electronic format will be posted on the Department’s website: http://www.mass.gov/dpu.
Reasonable accommodations at public or evidcntiary hearings for people with
disabilities are available upon request.
Contact the Department’s ADA Coordinator at
DPUADACoordinator@mass.gov or (617) 305-3642.
Include a description of the accommodation you will need, including as much detail as you can. Also include a way the
Department can contact you if we need more information. Please provide as much advance notice as possible. Last minute requests will be accepted, but may not be able to be accommodated. In addition, to request materials in ac&ssible formats (Braille, large print,
electronic files, audio format), contact the Department’s ADA Coordinator at DPUADACoordinator~mass.gov or (617) 305-3642.

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