The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is inviting public comments as it reviews Jackson County REMC's request for changes to its rates and its rate structure.
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 review and filing testimony with the Commission on July 20, 2010.
According to its testimony before the IURC, the utility is requesting additional revenues to pay for increases in operating and maintenance costs, and due to increases in wholesale electric costs. Current rates for Jackson County REMC, a not-for-profit entity serving more than 24,000 member-owners in ten southern Indiana counties, were approved in 1998. The utility's pending request, if approved, would increase the monthly electric bill for a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) from $106.37 to $112.48.
An IURC technical evidentiary hearing in this case is currently scheduled for August 19, 2010 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; the OUCC attempts to reach a fair settlement for customers in all rate cases.
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. 43861." The OUCC needs to receive all comments in this case no later than July 13, 2010.
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 testimony, please visit the OUCC Website at www.in.gov/oucc/2613.htm.
The OUCC's 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. 43861)
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.