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[OUCC] J.B. Waterworks Rate Case: Feb. 16 Hearing Scheduled in LaPorte
Start Date: 2/6/2012 All Day
End Date: 2/6/2012
Entry Description

Consumers are invited to comment on the request of J.B. Waterworks, Inc., for an increase in its rates and charges.

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) – the state agency representing consumer interests in all cases before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) – is accepting written consumer comments for the case record. The OUCC also encourages customers to attend the IURC’s upcoming public field hearing in this case, scheduled for Thursday, February 16, 2012, at the LaPorte City Council Chambers (801 Michigan Ave.).

The field hearing’s public comment portion will begin at 6:00 p.m. Central Time.

  • Sworn oral and written comments regarding the rate case will be accepted during the field hearing.
  • Oral and written consumer comments carry equal weight, and will become part of the official evidentiary record considered by the IURC in reaching its final decision.
  • Commissioners are not permitted to answer consumer questions during the formal field hearing. (However, OUCC and IURC staff will be available before, during and after the hearing.)

An OUCC informational session on the regulatory process and public field hearing procedures will start at 5:30 p.m., local time.

J.B. Waterworks is requesting an IURC rate increase for the first time since 1992. Under the request, the monthly water charges for a residential customer using 5,000 gallons would rise from $18.26 to $27.67. In its filing, the utility indicates it is seeking the increase due to higher operating and maintenance costs. J.B. Waterworks provides service in the Jongkind Park subdivision near LaPorte.

The OUCC is reviewing the utility’s request and is scheduled to file its report with the IURC on March 7, 2012.

Consumers who are unable to attend the field hearing are encouraged to submit written comments to the OUCC, either online 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

The OUCC needs to receive all written consumer comments by March 1, 2012 so they can be included with its report.

For more information on this case, including the utility’s filing, please visit the OUCC Website at www.in.gov/oucc/2678.htm.

 

(IURC Cause No. 44115-U)

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. To learn more, visit www.IN.gov/OUCC.

 

Location Information:
LaPorte County
Contact Information:
Name: Anthony Swinger
Phone: 1-888-441-2494
Email: uccinfo@oucc.in.gov
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