Maine Revised Statutes

§113. Management audit

1. Audit.  The commission may require the performance of a management audit of the operations of any public utility in order to determine:
A. The degree to which a public utility's construction program evidences planning adequate to identify realistic needs of its customers; [1987, c. 141, Pt. A, §6 (NEW).]
B. The degree to which a public utility's operations are conducted in an effective, prudent and efficient manner judged by the standards prevailing in the utility industry; [1987, c. 141, Pt. A, §6 (NEW).]
C. The degree to which a public utility minimizes or avoids inefficiencies which otherwise would increase costs to customers; or [1987, c. 141, Pt. A, §6 (NEW).]
D. Any other consideration which the commission finds relevant to rate setting under chapter 3, sections 301 and 303. [1987, c. 141, Pt. A, §6 (NEW).]
[ 1987, c. 141, Pt. A, §6 (NEW) .]
2. Independent auditor.  The commission may have a management audit performed by an independent auditor. If the commission finds it reasonable and necessary to have the audit performed, it may:
A. Select the independent auditor; [1987, c. 141, Pt. A, §6 (NEW).]
B. Require a public utility to pay for the costs of a management audit of its operations; and [1987, c. 141, Pt. A, §6 (NEW).]
C. Require the public utility to execute a contract with the independent auditor. [1987, c. 141, Pt. A, §6 (NEW).]
[ 1987, c. 141, Pt. A, §6 (NEW) .]
3. Costs.  The full cost of the management audit shall be recovered from ratepayers. In ordering an audit, the commission shall consider the impact of the cost of the audit upon the ratepayers and other alternatives that are available.
[ 1987, c. 141, Pt. A, §6 (NEW) .]
4. Telephone utilities.  This section does not apply to any telephone utility other than a provider of provider of last resort service. The commission may not conduct or require a management audit under subsection 1 or 2 of a provider of provider of last resort service unless the commission finds that there is no less burdensome means of obtaining the information sought to be obtained in the management audit and:
A. The provider has filed for an increase in provider of last resort service rates; [2011, c. 623, Pt. A, §9 (NEW).]
B. The provider has filed for an increase in funding from a state universal service fund under section 7104; or [2011, c. 623, Pt. A, §9 (NEW).]
C. The commission, following an investigation, finds that the provider's provider of last resort service quality has declined in a manner contrary to the public interest. [2011, c. 623, Pt. A, §9 (NEW).]
[ 2011, c. 623, Pt. A, §9 (NEW) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1987, c. 141, §A6 (NEW). 2011, c. 623, Pt. A, §9 (AMD).