JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – This week’s agenda meeting took little time – less than 20 minutes total -to decide on five orders appearing before the Missouri Public Service Commission.
The first of these, dealing with requests from Kansas City Power & Light and KCPL G-MO to put a general rate increase into effect for their electrical services. Per the commission’s decision, the utility company will host local public hearings with an informational presentation and Q&A at the following dates and locations:
- St. Joseph City Hall, 1100 Frederick Avenue, St. Joseph, Missouri, 64501, on Monday, July 9, 2018, beginning at noon
- Clay County Courthouse, 3rd Floor Commission Hearing Room, 1 Courthouse Square, Liberty, Missouri 64068, on Monday, July 9, 2018, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
- Martin Community Center, Room #2, 1985 S. Odell Avenue, Marshall, Missouri 65340, on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, beginning at noon.
- Gladstone Community Center, Gladstone/Linden Room, 6901 North Holmes Street, Gladstone, Missouri, on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
- Liberty Park Convention Hall, 1500 West 3rd Street, Sedalia, Missouri 63501, on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, beginning at noon.
- Lee’s Summit High School, Lecture Hall, 400 Southeast Blue Parkway, Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64086, on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 6:00 p.m
- Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, 3700 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri 64130, on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at noon
- Gregg/Klice Community Center, Large Meeting Room, 1600 East 17th Terrace, Kansas City, Missouri 64108, on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.
- Community Center, 200 North Ash, Nevada, Missouri 64772, on Monday, August 13, 2018, at noon.
- Elk’s Lodge Banquet Room, 115 West Franklin, Clinton, Missouri 64735 on Monday, August 13, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
The commission also signed off on an order to dismiss and reject motions in the matter of Ameren’s “Charge Ahead” program, with the Office of Public Counsel asking that the commission dismiss Ameren’s application due to their belief that the commission did not have the proper jurisdiction to authorize such a program.
The commission also stated that they were not inclined to dismiss the application due to Ameren’s “broad request for a variance from the entirety of Chapter 14 of the Commission’s regulations related to promotional preferences.”
The commission denied both motions and ruled that the involved parties should file a jointly proposed procedural schedule by May 9, 2018. The proposed tariffs have been suspended until August 21, 2018.
The final two orders of the day dealt with Missouri-American Water’s request to implement a general rate increase. The commission signed off on the stipulation and agreement, as well as the report and order, with an effective date of May 28, 2018. MAWC is authorized to file tariff sheets no later than May 4, and the PSC will file its recommendation on those tariff sheets no later than May 10. In addition, a working docket will be open for the company’s LSLR program, which they will be required to file an annual report by February 15th of each year after the effective date of the rates in the case.
The PSC’s next agenda meeting will take place on May 9 at 2 p.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @BenjaminDPeters.