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This Week in the PSC: March 27, 2019


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Public Service approved just a few agenda items during its weekly meeting Wednesday.

The PSC approved a motion from Kansas City Power and Light Company (KCP&L) modifying its technical resource manual and program design. Modifications in its program incentives are intended to increase overall residential and business participation, the commission said.

Additionally, the commission approved a revised weather normalization adjustment rider tariff for Liberty Utilities and granted the motion for expedited treatment. The commission noted it would go into effect on April 1, and residential customers would be able to see a reduction.  

The commission also approved a request for an investigation into Brune Mobile, a mobile home dealer based in Perryville. The motion sets up a fact-finding investigation into Brune Mobile’s waivers regarding installations.

During its weekly meeting, the PSC discussed a case involving Ameren electric utility company and a woman who said crew members were dishonest to her about a meter reading during an incident when a crew member told her she could have lost her entire house.

The commission said it largely supported Stella Lucy in her case against Ameren while debating whether she met the burden of proof proving the company delivered voltage to her property in excess to its tariff limits or otherwise failed to provide safe and adequate services.

Commissioners noted an Ameren witness said damage to a generator could have been the result of a voltage surge. But Commissioners William Kenney and Scott Rupp questioned just how much fault Ameren could be held to based on an engineering standpoint. Rupp, however, said he would err on the side of the property owner.

“I’m a little disappointed that Ameren didn’t provide any of the crew members who worked [during this time] to be questioned in the case. I think that could have cleared up a lot of ambiguity,” said PSC Chairman Ryan Silvey. “I’m inclined to believe she’s credible in her claim.”

Additionally, the PSC welcomed Debbie Dewey, Missouri American Water’s new president, Wednesday morning. Dewey previously led Indiana American Water.