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This Week in the Missouri PSC: May 17, 2017

This Week in the Missouri PSC: May 17, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Public Service Commission may have been down a member, but it surely did not slow them down as they rolled through four new tariffs and orders on Wednesday morning. With Chairman Daniel Hall presiding in person, Commissioners Bill Kenney, Stephen Stoll and Scott Rupp all attended the agenda meeting

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PSC denies OPC requests for rehearings

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Following the cancellation of last week’s meeting, the Missouri Public Service Commission returned Wednesday for an afternoon agenda meeting. Just four orders and new tariffs appeared before the commission, which the commissioners swiftly dealt with. The first matter before the commission was in the case of Ridge Creek Development, L.L.C. The

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OPC complaint against Laclede stayed

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Office of Public Counsel (OPC) has asked for a formal stay in their investigation of Laclede Gas. James Owen, the acting director of the OPC, said that they have actually found enough evidence supporting their initial complaint against the natural gas supplier, but they want to pursue the findings while

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Senate utilities hearing opening door to grid mod

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Senate Interim Committee on Utility Regulation and Infrastructure Investment met Tuesday and Wednesday, hearing from consumer groups, utilities, and utility regulators. The committee, chaired by Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, convened hoping to learn before tackling infrastructure investment again in the upcoming legislative session.  Emery hopes to see more progress in the General Assembly on

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PSC allows OPC to defend overearnings complaint

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In dismissing a motion to a complaint that Laclede Gas Company has been overearning. the Public Service Commission (PSC) allowed the Office of Public Counsel (OPC), who compiled the complaint, to do the Staff work typically reserved for commission staff. The Office of Public Counsel (OPC) had filed a complaint in April in the

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Ameren files rate case in response to Noranda closing

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Ameren UE filed a rate case Friday with the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) asking for a $206 million rate increase. The company proposes that $74 million would go to improving electric infrastructure while $51 million would offset the loss of Noranda sales. Another $34 million would go towards increased transmission costs.

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PSC considering changes to ‘ex parte’ rules

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) wants to relax its so-called “ex parte rules” – those that govern publicly disclosing its meetings with utilities – but only those that have nothing to do with rate and other contested cases. The commission is seeking input over the next 30 days from utilities,

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PSC prepares for a week of Empire Electric hearings

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) will be focusing on a case regarding increased rates for Empire District Electric Company consumers this week, starting with a technical conference tomorrow in the Governor’s Office Building and ending with a public hearing on Friday. Case ER-2014-0351, regards Empire Electric’s authority to file tariffs to

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PSC sides with Ameren on all fronts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) denied the application for rehearing the Noranda rate case compromise in a unanimous decision during the Commission’s regularly scheduled agenda meeting today. The Commission also formally rejected a complaint by consumers that Ameren is overearning. Chairman Robert Kenney cited Ameren’s upcoming rate case in the

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PSC drafts rule to prevent utility payments at payday loan facilities

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – The Public Service Commission met at the Missouri Western University Hearnes Center today for their regularly scheduled agenda meeting, approved three orders and discussed in depth a possible rule change to allowing utilities to use payday lending facilities as payment locations. Most utility companies in the state to do not use

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