This excerpt taken from the CEG 10-Q filed May 8, 2009.
Related Party Transactions
BGE is obligated to provide market-based standard offer service to all of its electric customers for varying periods. Bidding to supply BGE's market-based standard offer service to electric customers will occur from time to time through a competitive bidding process approved by the Maryland PSC.
Our merchant energy business will supply a portion of BGE's market-based standard offer service obligation to residential electric customers through September 30, 2011.
The cost of BGE's purchased energy from nonregulated subsidiaries of Constellation Energy to meet its standard offer service obligation was $204.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2009 compared to $271.3 million for the same period in 2008.
In addition, Constellation Energy charges BGE for the costs of certain corporate functions. Certain costs are directly assigned to BGE. We allocate other corporate function costs based on a total percentage of expected use by BGE. We believe this method of allocation is reasonable and approximates the cost BGE would have incurred as an unaffiliated entity. These costs were approximately $29.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2009 compared to $35.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2008.
BGE participates in a cash pool under a Master Demand Note agreement with Constellation Energy. Under this arrangement, participating subsidiaries may invest in or borrow from the pool at market interest rates. Constellation Energy administers the pool and invests excess cash in short-term investments or issues commercial paper to manage consolidated cash requirements. Under this arrangement, BGE had invested $387.7 million at March 31, 2009 and had invested $148.8 million at December 31, 2008.
BGE's Consolidated Balance Sheets include intercompany amounts related to corporate functions performed at the Constellation Energy holding company, BGE's purchases to meet its standard offer service obligation, BGE's charges to Constellation Energy and its nonregulated affiliates for certain services it provides them, and the participation of BGE's employees in the Constellation Energy defined benefit plans.
We believe our allocation methods are reasonable and approximate the costs that would be charged to unaffiliated entities.