The objectives of this task force are to:
Members of this task force will assist Board Staff to develop the criteria for establishing yardstick groups. This entails the identification and evaluation of significant but uncontrollable factors affecting utility performance. Members will work with Board Staff to develop not only qualitative, but if feasible, quantitative determinants. This will involve significant attention to the construction of a consistent data base containing information on each potential yardstick utility identifying "environmental" variables (e.g., size, location, customers), "operational" variables (e.g., contributed cost/development changes underground wires), and performance measures (e.g., costs). This task force will then assess the most effective set of characteristics to be used to establish groups of relatively homogenous utilities.
A mechanism for providing updated
data to the Board on a periodic basis will also need to be developed. Members
of the task force will recommend the procedures and processes to provide
such updates to the OEB.
This task force may need to coordinate efforts with the Cap Mechanism group on assignments and data construction, the Implementation task force on standards and costs/performance, and the Initial Rates group over rate design issues.
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