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Citizens Energy Group is seeking Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) approval to raise its rates and charges for water and sewer service. The requests are pending in separately docketed cases.
The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) filed testimony & exhibits in the water rate case on June 19, 2013. The agency's news release offers an overview, and the filings are available through these links:
In revised testimony (156 pages) filed on July 30, 2013, the OUCC recommended limiting the proposed water rate increase to 3 percent. Citizens is seeking a 14.7 percent increase in its water utility's operating revenues.
A settlement agreement (23 pages) resolving cost-of-service and rate design issues in this case was filed on August 29, 2013. The agreement does not address or resolve differences among the parties on other issues including the overall revenue increase.
The water rate case's evidentiary hearing has concluded, with written closing arguments being filed as follows:
The OUCC and Citizens have reached a settlement agreement on some, but not all, of the issues in the sewer rate case. The agreement (available by clicking here and going to page 9 of the PDF document) would increase the sewer utility's annual revenues by $51.4 million. By comparison, the utility originally requested a $56.7 million increase while the OUCC recommended a $46.5 million increase in testimony filed on August 23, 2013.
In a separate filing, the OUCC and the CWA Industrial Group have reached an agreement (8 pages) on cost allocation issues.
The OUCC issued an August 23 news release on its testimony while filing these documents:
All hearings in the sewer rate case have concluded, with the case now in the closing argument phase. Citizens filed its proposed order (61 pages) on November 27, 2013. The OUCC and intervenors are scheduled to file proposed orders on January 7, 2014.
A public field hearing in both cases was held on May 16, 2013. The OUCC's May 6, 2013 news release offers more information.
To review the public files for these cases, please visit the IURC's Electronic Document System and enter Docket Number 44305 for the sewer case or Docket Number 44306 for the water case.
This page will be updated based on case developments.
Citizens Energy Group filed the following documents in February 2013. Each document is hosted on the IURC website and will open in a new window.\P>
Sewer Rates - Cause No. 44305:
Water Rates - Cause No. 44306:
For Additional Information: