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PSC discusses and denies Sunshine request

  

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Public Service Commission held a quiet meeting after a week off. Their agenda meeting was composed of 6 new orders, all of which were approved, and brief discussion on cases regarding Osage Water Company and Empire District Electric.

Two matters were discussed amongst the Commission: the denial of the motion to compel regarding the Grain Belt Express Clean Line and KCTV5’s Sunshine request.

The commissioners voted 4-1 to deny the motion to compel. Commissioner Daniel Hall spoke on the motion, saying he believed that there could be a middle ground between the motions, which was ultimately denied because of the commission’s nondisclosure agreement with Grain Belt Express to not disclose confidential records. Landowners that would be affected by the building of the line requested to know more about how Grain Belt Express had come up with the cost of $0.02 per kilowatt-hour.

Hall
Hall

“It is absolutely a fair request; I would hold off on ruling on the first issue,” Hall said. “I’d be fine with them disclosing how they did it without divulging information.”

Hall’s vote on the matter was the only one preventing the Commission from making fully unanimous decisions today.

The Sunshine request for release of documents from KCTV5 regarding a gas explosion on East 113th St. in Kansas City was denied. Hall spoke up again, this time in favor of those impacted by the information.

“There is a significant public interest at stake here,” Hall said. “If there were a report of a leak next to my house, I would want to know. There may be times when public interest outweighs nondisclosure agreements.”

“I think we should consider that going forward,” Hall concluded.

An evidentiary meeting is scheduled in Joplin tomorrow at noon for the Kasey Caves v. Empire District Electric case.

Meetings will continue as regularly scheduled through October. There will be a public utility law symposium at the University of Missouri – St. Louis on the 17th.

The Commission will serve as an Exhibitor at the Senior Health Fair & Caregiver Expo 2014 in Riverside on September 25th.

 

Tariff and New Orders
  Item No. Case/Tracking No. Company Name/Brief Description Lead Staff/Additional Staff Contact(s)

1.

SC-2015-0044

Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) — Janice Shands v. Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District — Order Dismissing Complaint for Lack of Jurisdiction Jones

2.

EC-2014-0343

KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company — R&S Home Builders and Carol & Arvel Allman v. KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Co. — Order Granting in Part Motion to Dismiss and Denying Motion to Amend Jordan

3.

EO-2015-0053

Ameren Missouri — Order Granting Request for Variance Pridgin

4.

EA-2014-0207

Grain Belt Express Clean Line, LLC — Order Denying Motion to Compel and Granting Motions for Protective Order Bushmann

5.

EO-2014-0242

KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company — Order Approving Staff’s Prudence Review Bushmann

6.

EC-2014-0316

Ameren Missouri — City of O’Fallon, MO and City of Ballwin, MO v. Ameren Missouri — Order Denying Application for Rehearing Pridgin

 

Case Discussion
  Item No. Case No. Company Name/Brief Description Lead Staff/Additional Staff Contact(s)

1.

SC-2014-0214

Summit Investment, LLC — Memorandum: Commission Decision in File Nos. SC-2014-0214 and WC-2014-0215; Summit Investment, LLC v. Osage Water Company Burton

2.

EC-2014-0334

Kasey Caves — Memorandum: Evidentiary Hearing in File No. EC-2014-0334; Kasey Caves v. The Empire District Electric Company Burton

 

Other Discussion
  Other Description Brief Description Lead Staff/Additional Staff Contact(s)
Commission Scheduling Matters Kenney (Robert)
Legislation Kenney (Robert)
Budget Kenney (Robert)
Other Publications – July and August 2014 Cases Woodruff
Other Annual Universal Service Fund Certifications Van Eschen, Couch, Dale, Glasgow, McMellen, Niemeier
Other KCTV5 Reporter Sunshine Request For Release Of Documents Woodruff
Closed Session Kenney (Robert)
Litigation Kenney (Robert)
Personnel Kenney (Robert)