Katie Coleman Quoted in RTO Insider on Technical Advisory Committee Briefs

“Transmission Providers Opposed”

Attorney Katie Coleman, representing industrial customers, said she wanted to “tighten the parameters around the depreciation assumptions” and compensate customers for the value of accelerated tax depreciation, “which can provide a significant tax write-off for a resource owner.”

Coleman proposed requiring 10% of this value to be repaid along with the capital expenditure before a resource re-enters the market.

“This approach compensates loads for funding a tax write-off for the resource entity in excess of what straight-line depreciation would provide during the RMR contract period,” Coleman said, “but then transfers the value of any accelerated depreciation back to the asset owner after the asset is returned to service.”