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Improving Procedural Efficiencies

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (“Commission”) and its staff would like your input and feedback on improving procedural efficiencies.  Over the last several weeks, Commission staff has been reviewing and discussing ways to improve procedural efficiencies with regards to docketed cases. The goal of these discussions is to determine potential improvements to the docketed case process to ensure each case record is as robust as possible for decision-making. Commission staff has identified below two general areas of focus so far, with more specific items for consideration under each area, as follows:

 

Improve the information provided in initial filings and petitions to ensure better education and background on issues being presented

  • Detail needed in case-in-chief and direct testimony: Getting more information up front, rather than waiting for rebuttal
  • Improved pilot program requests: Creating standard for information necessary in pilot program requests
  • Amendment to 170 IAC 1-5 Minimum Standard Filing Requirements, or MSFRs (likely including changing the name of the rule): Updating MSFRs to reflect Ind. Code § 8-1-2-42.7 requirements and options (such as forward-looking test year) and evaluating current MSFRs for outdated requirements

Improve the organization of information in docketed cases to ensure consistency from all parties

  • Indexing of issues: Providing indexes of all issues addressed in petitions, direct testimony, and rebuttal
  • Consistent accounting schedules: Adopting a standard IURC presentation for select rate accounting schedules
  • Proper proposed orders: Drafting proposed orders consistent with the record and from the Commission's perspective

This list is only preliminary; the Commission invites all interested stakeholders to provide additional items that they believe should be considered by the Commission. They do not necessarily have to fall into the above two categories; that is just how Commission staff has organized current suggestions.


Initial Comments Due June 5, 2020

 

All comments/suggestions should be submitted to the Commission in writing. Please provide your written comments no later than Friday, June 5, 2020, via email to URCComments@urc.in.gov. All comments received will be posted on this webpage. Please email General Counsel Beth Heline at bheline@urc.in.gov if you have any questions.

 

Following this comment period, Commission staff will finalize a list of possible improvements and will communicate that list for further comment and stakeholder process, including meeting (either on-line or in-person, depending on whether emergency restrictions are still in place). Eventually, we expect to issue General Administrative Orders (“GAOs”), as well as start a rulemaking to amend 170 IAC 1-5, currently known as the Minimum Standard Filing Requirements.