This Week in the Missouri PSC: January 20, 2018

  

Commission approves rider adjustment for KC Power & Light, orders Spire to file info regarding new tax reform law

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Six new orders and tariffs received approval from the Missouri Public Service Commission on Thursday.

The commissioners took little time to sign off on rider adjustments for KCP&L and KCP&L G-MO’s orders relating to the MEEIA program.

“This rider correction is to reflect an under collection, this would correct that going forward,” Chairman Daniel Hall said.

KCPL’s ‘Demand Side Investment Mechanism (DSIM) rider rate change will increase residential customers’ DSIM rider rate from $0.00543 to $0.00665 per kWh (kilowatt hour) and increase non-residential customers’ rate from $0.00502 to $0.00592per kWh. For a residential customer using 1,000 kWhs, this change increases a bill by $1.22 per month. For a non-residential customer, this change increases a bill by $0.90 for every 1,000 kWhs used. The DSIM Rider rate change increases overall revenue collected through residential and non-residential rates by $2.0 million.

The DSIM Rider rate change for G-MO increases residential customers’ DSIM Rider rate from $0.00372 to $0.00394 per kWh (kilowatt hour) and decreases non-residential customers’ rate from $0.00995 to $0.00832 per kWh. For a residential customer using 1,000 kWhs, this change increases a bill by $0.22 per month. For a non-residential customer, this change decreases a bill by $1.63 for every 1,000 kWhs used. The overall DSIM Rider rate change decreases revenue collected from both residential and non-residential classes by $3.4 million.

The commission approved both unanimously with a 5-0 vote.

The PSC also approved an order establishing the ending ACA balances for Ameren Missouri, as well as allowed a tariff for Environmental Utilities to take effect.

The fifth order of the day concerned the rate case for Spire Missouri, more specifically an order directing the company to file information regarding the federal tax cut.

The order, approved with a 5-0 vote, requires that information to be filed by Jan. 22, 2018, which staff said would also give the company an opportunity to request a hearing on the matter.

The final order concerned Summit Natural Gas, with the commission directing staff to look into the interruption of gas delivery to certain transportation customers in Lebanon, Mo.

The commission made certain to point out that by opening an investigation and case into the matter, it’s not an indication of wrongdoing, rather that they just want it looked into.

Commissioner Scott Rupp summarized the point, saying he didn’t like the use of the word investigation because of the connotation it comes with, and instead suggested calling it more of a fact-finding mission.

However, if violations are found, a different case would be opened.

The commission also approved that with a 5-0 vote.