38.5.7020 UNIVERSAL SYSTEM BENEFITS PROGRAM
(1) Pursuant to 69-3-1408, MCA, natural gas utilities shall implement a universal
system benefits program (USBP) , a public purpose program for cost-effective
local energy conservation, low-income weatherization, and low-income energy
bill assistance ( 69-3-1402, MCA) . The USBP shall be funded through a universal
systems benefit charge (USBC) , a nonbypassable rate or charge to be imposed on
each customer ( 69-3-1402, MCA) .
(2) The USBC shall be an
amount, per dekatherm or Mcf of natural gas delivered to each end user, whether
by utility, distribution services provider, or transmission services provider (if
for end use) , collected through a rate or charge (per dekatherm or Mcf) to each
end user, and, except as provided in ARM 38.5.7021, established so as to
generate, system-wide, an annual amount no less than 1.12 percent of the
utility's, distribution services provider's, or transmission services
provider's annual revenues derived from natural gas services to end users. From
the amount collected system wide an amount at least equal to .42 percent of the
annual revenues must be applied to low-income weatherization and bill
(3) The USBP may be
administered by each utility, distribution services provider, or transmission
services provider implementing a USBP or by another on its behalf. A USBP may
be done in coordination with a federal, state, or local government agency or
otherwise. Examples of acceptable USBPs include energy share and low income
energy assistance program.
History: Secs. 69-3-103, 69-3-1408, MCA; IMP, Sec. 69-3-1408, MCA; NEW, 1998 MAR p. 1506, Eff. 6/12/98.