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The following fact sheet was distributed at the IURC public field hearing and OUCC information meeting held on Apr. 14, 2008 in Anderson.
OVERVIEW – AML&P REQUEST
The City of Anderson is seeking an increase in its rates and charges for municipal electric utility service. The city’s request is pending before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) in Cause No. 43411.
The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is a separate state agency from the IURC, and is the statutory representative for the interests of all utility consumers (residential, commercial and industrial) in cases before the IURC.
December 21, 2007: The City of Anderson filed a petition with the IURC initiating this case.
February 6, 2008: The IURC issued a pre-hearing conference order establishing a procedural schedule.
March 5: The city filed testimony and exhibits in support of the AML&P request.
April 14: An IURC public field hearing is being held in Anderson.
May 9: The OUCC is scheduled to file testimony in this case.
May 19: The city is scheduled to file rebuttal testimony.
May 27: An IURC technical evidentiary hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. at the National City Center in Indianapolis. While evidentiary hearings are open to the public, participation is typically limited to cross-examination of technical witnesses who have filed testimony on behalf of the case’s formal parties.
IURC final orders are issued at the Commission’s weekly Conferences. Conferences are typically held on Wednesday afternoons, with agendas posted 48 hours in advance at: www.in.gov/iurc/procedures/2008/08_agendas/08agenda_index.html.
A settlement agreement is possible in any legal proceeding; all hearing and filing dates in any legal proceeding are subject to change.
An IURC public field hearing is a formal, legal proceeding. It is presided over by an Administrative Law Judge and recorded by a court reporter, with at least one Commissioner present.
Consumers may make sworn written or oral comments on the pending case. Consumer comments are given equal consideration whether they are written or oral.
Attorneys for the case’s formal parties – the utility and the OUCC – participate.
A public field hearing does not include a question and answer format; it is designed to allow sworn consumer testimony under oath. IURC Commissioners are not allowed to answer questions, as they will ultimately weigh the evidence and render a final decision.
No final IURC decision in the case will be made during the field hearing.
All publicly filed documents in this case are available for review on the IURC Website by:
Case updates will also be posted on the OUCC Website.
Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC)
Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC)