Oncor To Pay $700,000 To Settle Meter Reading Estimation Issues
Oncor would pay $700,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve Commission Staff's investigation of Oncor for alleged violations of PURA §§ 17.004(a)(6) and 39.101(a)(6), related to accuracy of metering and billing data, 16 Tex. Admin. Code § 25.88(d)(2) (TAC), relating to Retail Market Performance Measure Reporting, 16 TAC § 25.214(c) and (d), relating to Transmission and Distribution Utility Tariffs, and Oncor's Tariff for Retail Delivery Service adopted pursuant thereto.
According to the settlement, due to communication problems with AMI meters after a firmware update, "Oncor discovered that it was estimating some meters beyond the three consecutive months allowed under Commission substantive rules."
"Data obtained from Oncor by Commission Staff demonstrated that Oncor estimated meter usage data in excess of three consecutive months for 5,958 Electric Service Identifiers (ESI IDs) between June 2014 and January 2015," the settlement stated