|(a) Application. This section applies to securitization transactions
carried out by a river authority or electric cooperative. A river authority
or electric cooperative may adopt and use securitization provisions having
the effect of the provisions provided by the Public Utility Regulatory Act
(PURA), Chapter 39, Subchapter G, to recover its stranded costs in accordance
with this section.
(b) Definition of stranded costs.
(1) For electric cooperatives, the term "stranded costs" when
used in this section shall mean "stranded investment" as defined in PURA §41.002(3).
(2) For river authorities, the term "stranded costs" when
used in this section shall mean the positive excess of the combined net book
value of generation assets over the combined market value of the assets, taking
into account all of the river authority's generation assets, any above market
purchased power costs, and any deferred debit related to a utility's discontinuance
of the application of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards Number 71
("Accounting for the Effects of Certain Types of Regulation") for generation-related
(c) Quantification of stranded costs. Only those river authorities
and electric cooperatives having positive stranded costs as determined by
this section may securitize such costs.
(1) For electric cooperatives, the board of directors has the
exclusive jurisdiction to reasonably determine the amount of the electric
cooperative's stranded investments.
(2) For river authorities, the governing body shall determine
the amount of stranded costs using an administrative model or other reasonable
methodology, and such determinations shall be subject to review and approval
by the commission.
(d) Demonstration of tangible and quantifiable benefits to
ratepayers. A river authority or electric cooperative may not utilize securitization
financing to recover stranded costs unless it demonstrates that securitization
provides tangible and quantifiable benefits to ratepayers greater than would
have been achieved absent the issuance of transition bonds. Such demonstration
shall be performed on an asset-by-asset basis.
(e) Limit on amount of qualified costs to be securitized. The
amount securitized may not exceed the sum of:
(1) the present value, calculated using a discount rate equal
to the proposed interest rate on the transition bonds, of the revenue requirement
over the life of the proposed transition bonds associated with the stranded
costs sought to be securitized, and
(2) the costs of issuing, supporting, and servicing the
transition bonds and any costs of retiring and refunding existing debt of
the river authority or electric cooperative.
(f) Use of proceeds. The proceeds of the transition bonds shall
be used solely for the purpose of reducing the amount of recoverable stranded
costs as determined pursuant to this section, through the refinancing or retirement
of debt of the river authority or electric cooperative.
(g) True-up in the event of sale. A river authority or electric
cooperative shall not overrecover its stranded costs. If the recovery of an
asset has been securitized through a sale of transition bonds, and the asset
is subsequently sold in a bona fide third-party transaction, then that asset
shall be subject to true-up. To the extent the total net value received from
the sale of such asset exceeds its remaining book value, the river authority
or electric cooperative shall make refunds of the entire overcollected amounts,
with interest, to its ratepayers through an appropriate mechanism.
(h) Recovery of stranded costs. An electric cooperative or
river authority may recover its securitized stranded costs and the reasonable
costs of issuing, supporting, and servicing the transition bonds through a
(1) Electric Cooperatives. An electric cooperative may recover
its stranded costs through transition charges from all existing or future
customers, including the facilities, premises and loads of those customers
taking service from the cooperative as of May 1, 1999. An electric cooperative's
board of directors has the exclusive jurisdiction to establish non-discriminatory
transition charges reasonably designed to recover the stranded costs over
an appropriate period of time consistent with this section.
(2) River Authorities. A river authority may recover its
qualified costs, as defined in PURA, Chapter 39, Subchapter G, including its
stranded costs as defined herein, through transition charges reasonably designed
to recover the stranded costs over an appropriate period of time consistent
with this section. Payment of transition charges shall be made by customers
taking service from the river authority as of May 1, 1999 or those customers'
successors or assigns. Transition charges of a river authority in a financing
order adopted pursuant to this section shall be collected by the river authority,
and such charges shall not be subject to challenge provided that a river authority's
determination as to the existence and amount of stranded costs has been approved
under subsections (b) and (c) of this section.
(3) Transition charges for both electric cooperatives
and river authorities.
(A) The transition charge shall be sufficient to recover the
stranded costs at the level, up to 100%, deemed appropriate by the electric
cooperative or river authority.
(B) Any transition charges adopted in accordance with this
section shall constitute property rights, as described in PURA, Chapter 39,
Subchapter G, and otherwise conform in all material respects to the transition
charges provided by PURA, Chapter 39, Subchapter G.
(C) A river authority or electric cooperative may recover a
transition charge notwithstanding the expiration of a wholesale contract.
(i) Financing order. A cooperative or river authority which
chooses to adopt and use securitization provisions shall adopt a financing
order consistent with this section.
(1) The financing order shall contain a finding that the present
value total amount of revenues to be collected under the financing order is
less than the present value of the revenue requirement that would be recovered
over the remaining life of the stranded costs using conventional financing
(2) The financing order shall have the effects of the
provisions provided by PURA, Chapter 39, Subchapter G. The effects shall be
detailed in the financing order and shall include, but are not limited to,
provisions regarding property rights, set-off, security interests, no bypass,
true-up, true sale, and security interests.
(3) The financing order shall detail the stranded costs
to be recovered and the period over which the nonbypassable transition charges
shall be recovered, which period may not exceed 15 years.
(4) The financing order shall detail how the proceeds
from the transition bond are being used to refinance or retire river authority
or cooperative debt as prescribed by subsection (f) of this section.
(5) The financing order shall contain findings detailing
the tangible and quantifiable benefits as prescribed by subsection (d) of
(6) The financing order shall contain a finding that the
amount to be securitized does not exceed the limit on qualified costs as prescribed
in subsection (e) of this section.
(7) The financing order shall detail the allocation of
the stranded costs to applicable classes and the corresponding design of transition
(8) The financing order shall provide for a structure
and pricing of the transition bonds that results in the lowest transition
charges consistent with market conditions.
(9) The financing order shall include a mechanism requiring
that transition charges be reviewed and adjusted at least annually, within
45 days of the anniversary date of the issuance of the transition bonds, to
correct any overcollections or undercollections of the preceding 12 months
and to ensure the expected recovery of amounts sufficient to timely provide
all payments of debt service and other required amounts and charges in connection
with the transition bonds.
(10) The financing order shall become effective in accordance
with its terms, and the financing order, together with the transition charges,
shall thereafter be irrevocable and not subject to reduction, impairment,
or adjustment by further action of the cooperative, river authority or the
commission, except for periodic true-ups as specified in this section.
(11) Findings made by the governing body of the electric
cooperative or river authority under the rules and procedures described in
this section shall be conclusive, subject to the provisions of subsection
(c)(2) of this section.