This Week in the Missouri PSC: Nov. 8, 2017


PSC approves two Purchased Gas Adjustments

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Short and sweet was the name of the game in Wednesday’s agenda meeting of the Missouri Public Service Commission, taking a total of 8 minutes to rule on three orders.

Chairman Daniel Hall was absent, leaving Commissioner Stephen Stoll to run the agenda meeting.

The first order of the day concerned Liberty Utilities (Missouri Water) acquiring six water and sewer assets from Ozark International, Inc. Those assets would include Bilyeu Ridge Water Company, LLC, ) Midland Water Company, Inc., Moore Bend Water Utility, LLC, Riverfork Water Company, Taney County Water, LLC, and Valley Woods Utility.

The order approved by the commission simply set a procedural schedule, which was approved by the commission.

  • Staff Recommendation – January 5, 2018
  • Comments to Staff Recommendation – January 15, 2018
  • Direct Testimony – February 19, 2018
  • Rebuttal Testimony – March 12, 2018
  • Witness Lists and Statements of Issues – March 16, 2018
  • Evidentiary Hearing – March 22, 2018
  • Initial Post-Hearing Briefs – April 11, 2018
  • Reply Briefs – April 25, 2018

The second order concerned Spire’s (Laclede Gas Company) purchased gas adjustment. This stems from the tariff sheet filed by the company in late October as a result of the estimated changes in the cost of natural gas for the upcoming season.

According to the PSC staff, the Residential General Winter Only Total Adjustment filed by Laclede will decrease to $0.26486 per therm for the first 30 therms from the current 0.34611 per therm. For all therms in excess of the first 30 therms, the total adjustment will decrease to $0.50897 per therm from the current $0.59022 per therm. These changes represent a decrease of $0.08125 per therm. The Liquid Propane Purchased Gas Adjustment (LPPGA) will increase from $1.77400 per gallon to $2.29320 per gallon, marking an increase of $0.51920 per gallon.

The third order also concerned a purchased gas adjustment, this one also for Spire, formerly Missouri Gas Energy.

The filing will decrease the firm sales PGA Rate to $0.51977 per Ccf from the current PGA Rate of $0.56934 per Ccf. This represents a decrease of $0.04957 per Ccf.

There was also a Sunshine Request for the release of documents related to Grundy Electric Cooperative, but the order was withdrawn, with Commissioner Still saying it wasn’t necessary to deal with that day, but could come up again at a future time.

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 or follow him on Twitter @BenjaminDPeters.