This Week in the Missouri PSC: July 20, 2017

  

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With four out of the five members of the Missouri Public Service Commission attending by phone on Thursday, the commission made short work of the six orders on the agenda.

First up, the commission approved an order approving a stipulation and agreement in regard to Ameren Missouri’s MEEIA plan and the proposed transition between the second cycle and the first. The transition plan is limited to certain BizSavers programs, and the stipulation is expected to result in overall benefits for Ameren Missouri and all of its non-residential customers that have not been approved to opt out of the MEEIA program participation. The commission approved that with a 5-0 vote.

The second order concerned an adjustment and true-up in their demand side investment mechanism for KCP&L Greater Missouri and their MEEIA program. It would result in about an increase of $2.33 per month and was approved 5-0.

They also approved a rate increase of $1.52 per month for residential customers for KCP&L in a similar matter with another 5-0 vote.

The PSC also approved an order to grant a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) to allow Missouri-American Water Company to install, own, and operate a water and sewer system in St. Louis County.

The fifth order of the day concerned Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois’ request for a CCN in regard to Mark Twain transmission lines. A ruling by the Missouri Western District Court of Appeals ordered the PSC to vacate their order and grant the CCN in this case.

“We have no discretion in the matter, and we obviously have to take direction from the Western District, so I support the order as drafted,” Hall said.

It was approved 5-0.

The final order was to dismiss a complaint from Bertha Anderson vs. Missouri-American Water Company. The complaint had to do with flooding of a basement after a pipe burst, and the complainant was asking for was money for real damage, and PSC has no authority to grant money damages, so it was dismissed by a 5-0 vote.

Benjamin Peters is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine, and also produces the #MoLeg Podcast. He joined the Missouri Times in 2016 after working as a sports editor and TV news producer in mid-Missouri. Benjamin is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield. To contact Benjamin, email benjamin@themissouritimes.com or follow him on Twitter @BenjaminDPeters.