Category of Proceeding

The Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure require that an order instituting rulemaking preliminarily determine the category of the proceeding and the need for hearing.19 As a preliminary matter, we determine that this proceeding is ratesetting because our consideration and approval of aspects of the renewable procurement program, particularly as part of the larger procurement process, may impact respondents' rates.20

As provided in Rule 6(c)(2), any person who objects to the preliminary categorization of this rulemaking as "ratesetting" or to the preliminary hearing determination, shall state its objections in its PHC Statement. After the PHC in this matter, the assigned Commissioner will issue a scoping ruling making a final category determination; this final determination is subject to appeal as specified in Rule 6.4.

19 Rule 6(c)(2). 20 Rule 5(c).

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