This Week in the Missouri PSC: Sept. 27, 2018

   

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – It was a short and easy docket for the Missouri Public Service Commission this week, the second one under the chairmanship of Ryan Silvey.

Four items appeared as tariffs and new orders to be dealt with, the first concerning Timber Creek Sewer Company’s request for a certificate of convenience and necessity to construct and maintain a sewer system in Clay County, in an area adjacent service area the company owns.

The new service area is the site of a proposed residential subdivision named Oakridge, which consists of 18 lots. The commission approved the CCN, as well as granted a waiver of the notice requirement.

The commission also signed off on a stipulation and agreement in a complaint by the manager of the Manufactured Housing and Modular Units Program of the Public Service Commission against Michael Goodwin, a licensed manufactured home installer.

The Manager alleged that Goodwin improperly installed 13 manufactured homes in Moscow Mills.

The stipulation and agreement contain a stipulation of facts and five main provision summarized as follows:

1. Goodwin agrees to correct all installation deficiencies identified in the complaint.
2. Parties agree to re-inspection of the homes in the complaint to ensure correction of all deficiencies.
3. Goodwin agrees to surrender his license for five years, or until such time as all re-inspection fees are paid (whichever comes first).
4. Goodwin agrees to pay the public school fund $2,500 within 120 days of the Commission’s approval of the agreement and provide The Manager proof the payment was made.
5. Upon correction of the installation deficiencies, successful re-inspection of the homes, and payment of the school fund, The Manager agrees to dismiss the complaint

The PSC also approved a stipulation and agreement in the case of Ameren’s request to offer a pilot subscriber solar program with a 4-0 vote. (Commissioner Bill Kenney was absent from the agenda meeting on Thursday.)

The final order of the day was a decision by the PSC to relieve Spire Missouri from its obligation to file a quarterly report. After staff had asked the PSC to enforce Spire to do so, Spire responded to the motion, saying that the stipulation and agreement in question was no longer necessary due to the passage of five years, stating that both Spire and Laclede Gas have been through comprehensive rate cases and that filing a certificate of compliance every three months is neither necessary nor useful.

Staff said they were not opposed to removing the quarterly filing requirement, but said Spire should continue to be held to compliance standards in the agreement.

The commission approved the order with a 4-0 vote.

The last item discussed, after dealing with the Liberty Utilities post-hearing case discussion memo, was a Sunshine Request for the release of Spire Missouri’s Distribution Integrity Management Program from Gregory Korte, a national correspondent For USA Today. The PSC did not grant it, citing concerns of sensitive materials.

The commission will meet next on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 1 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 benjamin@themissouritimes.com or follow him on Twitter @BenjaminDPeters.