Translator Disclaimers
Basic Generation Service (BGS)
Pursuant to the Electric Discount and Energy Competition Act of 1999 (Act), the local electric distribution companies (EDCs or Utilities) are obligated to provide basic generation service (BGS) until the Board determines that it is no longer necessary. BGS refers to the EDCs’ obligation to obtain and provide the supply of electricity for customers who do not switch to an alternative retail supplier known as a Third Party Supplier (TPS). The Act requires that power procured for BGS by a Utility be purchased at prices consistent with market conditions. The charges assessed to customers for BGS are regulated by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (Board), and are based on the reasonable and prudent cost to the Utility of providing the service, including the cost of power purchased at prices consistent with market conditions by the Utility in the competitive wholesale marketplace, and related transmission, capacity, ancillary and administrative costs as determined by the Board.

BGS Procurement Proceeding
Each year the Board initiates a proceeding that directs the EDCs, and invites interested parties, to file proposals by July to determine how to procure supply to meet BGS load for the next year.  To implement the review process, a procedural schedule is developed to address the proposals, including an opportunity for the issuance of discovery, and submission of written and oral comments.   Based on the record developed in this proceeding, the Board makes a decision as to which type of procurement process will be used for BGS.  Anyone wishing to provide written comments during a BGS proceeding or to receive BGS information may subscribe to the BGS E-Service List by emailing Stacy Peterson at Stacy.Peterson@bpu.nj.gov with "Subscribe to BGS E-Service List” in the subject matter.

2019 BGS Procurement Process
By prior Board Orders in Docket No. ER16040337 dated October 31, 2016, and Docket No. ER17040335 dated November 21, 2017, the Board approved, with modifications, the joint Basic Generation Service (“BGS”) proposals of the State’s Electric Distribution Companies (“EDCs”)—Atlantic City Electric Company (“ACE”), Jersey Central Power and Light Company (“JCP&L”), Public Service Electric and Gas Company (“PSE&G”), and Rockland Electric Company (“Rockland”) that used a descending clock auction format to procure two-thirds of the State’s BGS requirements for BGS-RSCP customers for the period of June 1, 2019 through May 31, 2021.  In those prior Orders, the Board did not address how the remaining BGS requirements for RSCP customers, as well as the State’s annual BGS requirements for CIEP customers, would be procured for the period beginning June 1, 2019.

 

The Board has initiated a proceeding using the following procedural schedule directing the EDCs (ACE, JCP&L, PSE&G, and Rockland) to file proposals no later than July 2, 2018, addressing how to procure the remaining one third of the State’s BGS-RSCP requirements and the annual CIEP requirements for the period beginning June 1, 2019.  In addition, the Board also invites all other interested stakeholders to file alternative BGS proposals with the Board by July 2, 2018. 

2019 BGS Schedule

 

DATE

Activity or Decision Point

7/02/2018

Filing of Proposals and/or Modifications for BGS for the period beginning June 1, 2019

7/23/2018

Discovery request deadline

8/6/2018

Discovery response deadline

9/5/2018

Deadline for Initial Comments on all proposals

TBA

Legislative-type Hearing*

TBA

Public Hearings*

10/3/2018

Deadline for Final Comments**

Nov. 2018

Expected Board decision on BGS proposals

Dec 2018

EDC Compliance Filings

Dec. 2018

Feb. 2019

Expected Board decision on Compliance Filings

Procurement Process for BGS Supply requirements

 

 

* This is a placeholder for the Legislative-type Hearing and the Public Hearings (for the public hearings the time and place will be scheduled by the EDCs in conjunction with the BPU), as required.

** Final Comments should only be used to respond to issues raised either in the Initial Comments, or at the Legislative-type Hearing.  They should not be used to raise new issues in this proceeding.