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[OUCC] Westfield Water/Sewer Utility Transfer: Public Hearing April 9
Start Date: 3/26/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/26/2013
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Westfield Water/Sewer Utility Transfer: Public Hearing April 9
Written consumer comments invited through May 3

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is inviting comments from Westfield residents on the pending proposal to transfer ownership of their water and sewer utilities to Citizens Energy Group.

Consumers may:

  1. Speak at the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) public field hearing on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, or
  2. Submit written comments to the OUCC anytime between now and the close of business on Friday, May 3, 2013.

The April 9 IURC public field hearing will be held in the Westfield High School Auditorium (18250 N. Union St.). The OUCC will conduct an informational session on the regulatory process at 5:30 p.m., with the IURC accepting public comments at 6:00 p.m.

  • Sworn oral and written comments will be accepted during the field hearing.
  • Oral and written consumer comments carry equal weight and will become part of the case’s official evidentiary record.
  • Commissioners are not allowed to answer questions during the field hearing. (However, OUCC and IURC staff will be available before, during and after the hearing.)

In this case, the City of Westfield and Citizens Energy Group are jointly asking the IURC to approve the proposed transfer of the city’s water and wastewater utility assets to Citizens. Under the proposal, the utilities would be renamed Citizens Water of Westfield and Citizens Wastewater of Westfield. They would operate as investor-owned utilities, in the same way Citizens Gas of Westfield has been operated since 2004.

Citizens and Westfield have made this proposal through written testimony and exhibits which are available for review on the OUCC’s website at www.in.gov/oucc/2733.htm.

The OUCC, the state agency representing consumer interests in IURC cases, is evaluating the proposal and is scheduled to file testimony on May 8, 2013.

Consumers who would like to submit written comments in this case may do so via the OUCC’s Website at www.in.gov/oucc/2361.htm, or by mail, email or fax:

  • Mail: Consumer Services Staff
    Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor
    115 W. Washington St., Suite 1500 South
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • email: uccinfo@oucc.IN.gov
  • Fax: (317) 232-5923

Written comments the OUCC receives by the close of business on Friday, May 3, 2013 will be filed with the Commission and included in the case’s formal evidentiary record. Comments should include the consumer’s name, mailing address, and a reference to “IURC Cause No. 44273.”

Consumers with questions about submitting written comments can contact the OUCC’s consumer services staff toll-free at 1-888-441-2494.

(IURC Cause No. 44273)

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) represents Indiana consumer interests before state and federal bodies that regulate utilities. As a state agency, the OUCC’s mission is to represent all Indiana consumers to ensure quality, reliable utility services at the most reasonable prices possible through dedicated advocacy, consumer education, and creative problem solving.

Visit us at www.IN.gov/OUCC, www.twitter.com/IndianaOUCC, or www.facebook.com/IndianaOUCC.

Contact Information:
Name: Anthony Swinger
Phone: 1-888-441-2494
Email: uccinfo@oucc.IN.gov
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