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[OUCC] Community Natural Gas rate case: Consumer comments invited
Start Date: 4/18/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 4/18/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is inviting written comments from Community Natural Gas Co. customers on the utility’s pending rate case.

The OUCC – the state agency representing consumer interests in cases before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) – is reviewing the utility’s request and has not yet taken a position in this case. The OUCC is scheduled to complete its review and file testimony with the Commission on June 7, 2013.

Community Natural Gas Co., which provides service to approximately 6,600 customers in 10 southern Indiana counties, is seeking IURC permission to increase its annual operating revenues by at least $431,000. The flat, monthly charge for all residential customers would increase from $11.00 to $12.00, with the impact on the base rate’s volumetric portion to vary by usage. According to its testimony, the utility is seeking the increase due to higher operating and maintenance costs. Current base rates for Community Natural Gas Co. were approved in 2008.

The proposed increase in this case would apply to the utility’s base distribution rate, which comprises approximately half of a typical residential natural gas customer’s monthly heating bill. Base distribution rates cover “non-gas” costs such as operating and maintenance expenses, and capital and infrastructure improvements.

Wholesale natural gas supply costs, which currently make up approximately 49 percent of a typical Community Natural Gas Co. customer’s bill, are recovered on a dollar-for-dollar basis through the state’s Gas Cost Adjustment (GCA) process, which includes an OUCC review and requires IURC approval, continues every three months.

More information on this case, including the utility’s testimony, is available online at www.in.gov/oucc/2481.htm.

Consumers who wish 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
  • emailuccinfo@oucc.IN.gov
  • Fax: (317) 232-5923

Written comments the OUCC receives by June 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. 44298.”

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

An IURC technical evidentiary hearing in this case is scheduled for June 28, 2013 in Indianapolis. While evidentiary hearings are open to the public, participation is typically limited to attorney cross-examination and Commission questioning of technical witnesses who have filed financial or engineering testimony on behalf of the case’s formal parties.

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(IURC Cause No. 44298)

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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