The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is inviting public comments as it reviews Clinton Township Water Company's request for an increase in its rates and charges.
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. Currently, the OUCC anticipates completing its technical and legal review in this case and filing its report with the Commission on August 27, 2009.
Clinton Township Water Company - a not-for-profit utility providing service to more than 840 customers in Vermillion County - states in its Commission filing that it is seeking the rate increase due to increases in operating and maintenance costs, and to pay for proposed infrastructure improvements (including main and valve replacements). If approved, the utility's request would raise the monthly water bill for a residential customer using 5,000 gallons from $33.16 to $42.09. The utility's current rates were approved in February 2004.
Clinton Township Water Company is seeking the rate increase through the state's Small Utility Filing Procedure, which is available to utilities with fewer than 5,000 customers and is designed to reduce the time and expense involved with regulatory filings. Savings are gained by allowing utility staff to use standardized forms and the utility's resulting need for less assistance from rate consultants or attorneys.
The standard for OUCC and IURC reviews on small utility filings is the same that applies to traditional utility filings. The OUCC conducts its review on behalf of consumers, while the IURC's review is conducted on behalf of the public interest (a balancing of utility and customer interests). A settlement agreement is possible in any legal proceeding; such an agreement 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:
- Mail: Consumer Services Staff
Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor
115 W. Washington St., Suite 1500 South
Indianapolis, IN 46204
- Fax: (317) 232-5923
- E-mail: uccinfo@oucc.IN.gov
- OUCC Website: www.IN.gov/OUCC
Written comments should include the consumer's name, mailing address, and a reference to "IURC Cause No. 43696-U." The OUCC needs to receive all comments in this case no later than August 20, 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 utility's filing, please visit the OUCC Website at www.in.gov/oucc/2558.htm.
(IURC Cause No. 43696-U)
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.