Request for Proposal - Utility Management Audit: Gas Main Infrastructure Replacement Program
Delaware Public Service Commission
Internal Number: RFP Event Number: 014132
Scope: An independent and focused management audit to assess cost containment controls/processes for a Utility’s gas main infrastructure replacement program and, as needed, to identify and propose potential actionable recommendations to improve cost containment of the program including an estimate of the potential savings associated with the recommended best cost containment practices, as well as an estimate of the cost to implement and maintain any new processes/controls and substantiate the benefits of such additional governance, and provide recommendations for compliance filing criteria that monitor the effectiveness of a Utility’s gas main infrastructure replacement program cost containment processes.
Created in 1949 to regulate investor-owned public utilities, the Delaware Public Service Commission (PSC) works to ensure safe, reliable and reasonably priced cable, electric, natural gas, wastewater, water and telecommunications services for Delaware consumers. For those services that are moving toward competitive markets, the Commission makes rules to level the playing field between competing providers, and resolves disputes between these providers. The PSC also supports the Division of the Public Advocate in the complaint process.
The Delaware Public Service Commission (“PSC”) is made up of five part-time Commissioners, appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The Commissioners, who are supported and assisted by a staff of full-time state employees. The Commission makes its decisions at formal meetings that are open to the public. Public hearings regarding rate changes, rulemakings, and complaints are conducted throughout the year.
In addition to the regulatory oversight of investor-owned utilities, the Commission’s engineering staff, through an agreement with the federal or U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Pipeline Safety, inspects underground natural gas and propane systems for compliance with federal Pipeline Safety Regulations.