PSC approves Liberty Utilities ISRS
JEFFERSON CITY—The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved a request filed by Liberty Utilities (Midstates Natural Gas) Corp. d/b/a Liberty Utilities (Liberty) to adjust the infrastructure system replacement surcharge (ISRS) on the bills of its natural gas customers. The surcharge first appeared on customer bills in November 2008.
The ISRS adjustment reflects infrastructure replacement investments made by the natural gas company since April 1, 2014. These costs for natural gas pipeline replacements and relocations are not currently included in Liberty’s rates.
The current monthly ISRS for residential customers of Liberty is $0.00 a month. The current ISRS was set to zero when the Public Service Commission decided Liberty’s last general rate case in December 2014. The new ISRS for residential customers in each of the three service areas appear below.
Service Area New ISRS
Customers of Liberty will receive a one-time bill credit under a second order issued by the Public Service Commission. The Commission approved an agreement between the Office of the Public Counsel, the Public Service Commission Staff and Liberty which addressed a recent appellate court decision. Residential customers in the three service areas will receive the following one-time bill credit:
Service Area One-Time Bill Credit
The one-time bill credit is expected to appear as a separate line-item on the customer’s bill. The one-time bill credit and the ISRS change are expected to take effect in October.
Liberty Utilities serves approximately 53,700 natural gas customers in Missouri. The WEMO service area includes the counties of Bates, Cass, Henry and St. Clair. The SEMO service area includes the counties of Butler, Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Iron, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Ripley, Scott, Stoddard and Wayne. The NEMO service area includes the counties of Adair, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Macon, Marion, Pike, Ralls, Schuyler and Scotland.
Case Nos. GO-2015-0350 & GO-2014-0006