For immediate release: Jul 20, 2009
Posted by: [OUCC]
Contact: Anthony Swinger
Phone: (317) 233-2747

Harrison County REMC rate case: State utility consumer advocate accepting public comments

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is inviting public comments as it reviews Harrison County Rural Electric Membership Corporation's request for changes to its rates and charges.

The OUCC, the state agency representing consumer interests in cases before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC), is reviewing the request and is currently scheduled to file testimony on September 2, 2009.

Harrison County REMC is a member-owned utility serving more than 22,000 customers in Harrison, Clark, Crawford, Floyd and Washington Counties in southern Indiana. It is one of four REMCs whose rates and charges are under IURC jurisdiction.

In its testimony, Harrison County REMC states that it is seeking additional revenues due to increases in wholesale power, operating and maintenance costs. The utility's current rates were approved in April 2007.

Under the utility's proposal, the monthly electric bill for a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) would increase from $95.16 to $98.91.

An IURC technical evidentiary hearing in this case is currently scheduled for September 21, 2009 in Indianapolis. While evidentiary hearings are open to the public, participation is typically limited to attorney and Commission questioning of technical witnesses that have filed testimony on behalf of the proceeding's formal parties. All hearing and filing dates are subject to change. A settlement agreement is possible in any legal proceeding; such a settlement would require IURC approval. The OUCC attempts to reach a fair agreement for ratepayers in each IURC case.

Consumers who wish to submit written comments in this case may do so via mail, fax, or the Internet:

Written comments should include the consumer's name, mailing address, and a reference to "IURC Cause No. 43684." The OUCC needs to receive all comments in this case no later than August 26, 2009.

Consumers with questions about submitting written comments can contact the OUCC's consumer services staff toll-free at 1-888-441-2494. For additional information on this case, including a copy of the REMC's testimony, please visit the OUCC Website at www.in.gov/oucc/2565.htm.

The OUCC Website also offers a number of utility consumer publications at no charge, including tips for saving energy and water, along with a guide to the regulatory process.

 

(IURC Cause No. 43684)

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is the state agency that represents residential and business consumer interests in cases before state and federal utility regulatory commissions. To learn more, visit www.IN.gov/OUCC.

 

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