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Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor

Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor

OUCC > Water/Sewer > Key Cases By Utility > Hamilton Southeastern Utilities Hamilton Southeastern Utilities

Hamilton Southeastern Utilities has filed two separate rate requests with the IURC in recent months: 1) A base rate case and 2) A request to recover an increase in wholesale treatment costs.

Base Rate Case

Hamilton Southeastern Utilities filed a request in September 2015 to raise base rates by approximately 8.4 percent. Utility base rates cover operational, maintenance, and capital costs. In testimony filed in December, the OUCC recommended a reduction of about 14 percent. The OUCC issued an October 27, 2015 news release to invite consumer comments.

This case is still pending. All hearings have concluded with the parties to file written closing arguments in the coming weeks:

  • The utility filed a proposed order and brief on April 1, 2016.
  • The OUCC's has until May 2, 2016 to file its proposed order.
  • A reply brief from the utility is due on May 12, 2016.

For the case file, click here and enter docket number 44683.

The OUCC's testimony includes: Stull (189 pages) | Parks (38 pages) | Kaufman (55 pages)

The utility's key filings include: Petition (6 pages) | Testimony: Cochran (180 pages) | Testimony: Krohn (90 pages) | Testimony: Boquist (85 pages) | Testimony: Mares (11 pages)

The IURC approved Hamilton Southeastern's current rates in 2010.

Wholesale Sewer Tracker

On January 15, 2016, the IURC approved Hamilton Southeastern Utilities' request to implement a Sewer Tracker. The $4.76 monthly residential surcharge will allow the utility to recover wholesale sewage treatment costs on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

A water or sewer utility may implement a tracker to recover wholesale costs - subject to OUCC review and IURC approval - but may not profit through such a tracker. Wholesale trackers, including the one recently approved for Hamilton Southeastern Utilities, are typically handled through the IURC's 30-day filing process.

The City of Fishers provides wholesale sewage treatment service to Hamilton Southeastern Utilities. Indiana law allows the IURC to regulate many investor owned and not-for-profit sewer utilities, but it does not give the IURC jurisdiction over municipal sewer utilities. Rates and charges for municipal sewage disposal services are set by locally elected city and town councils.

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