RAPA Recent Cases (alphabetical)
Alaska Pacific Environmental Services, Inc. (APES-I).
RCA Dockets U-13-164/U-13-165/U-13-166/U-13-167 (Refuse). Utility Profile.
APES-I provides refuse hauling services in a variety of Alaska communities through subsidiaries. In these dockets, APES-I requested a 33.87 percent rate increase in Juneau (APES-Juneau U-13-164), a 4.54 percent rate increase in Dutch Harbor (APES-Dutch Harbor U-13-165), a 13.53 percent rate increase in Nome (APES-Nome U-13-166), and a 24.11 percent rate increase in Ketchikan (APES-Ketchican U-13-167). The AG elected to participate in the dockets at the Commissionís request. After the parties submitted prefiled testimony, a settlement was reached resulting in a rate increase of 27.49 percent for APES-Juneau, a rate decrease of 2.76 percent for APES-Dutch Harbor, a rate increase of 6.64 percent for APES-Nome, and a rate increase 16.67 percent for APES-Ketchikan. APES-Nome ratepayers will receive a small refund under the settlement. A stipulation setting out the terms of the settlement was accepted by the Commission on July 31, 2014.
Alaska Power Company (APC)
RCA Docket U-14-002 (Electric)Utility Profile.
APC provides electric power service to numerous small communities in Southeast and Interior Alaska. It filed a proposed 18.16 percent rate increase. The AG elected to participate at the Commissionís request. Additional docket intervenors include the Haines Borough and the cities of Coffman Cove, Thorne Bay, Skagway and Craig. After investigation of APCís filing, the AG filed testimony on August 1, 2014 recommending APCís rate increase be limited to 5.1 percent. A public hearing is scheduled to begin on December 1, 2014.
RCA Docket No. U-14-004 (Steam Heat). Utility Profile.
Aurora Energy provides steam heat to seventy-three customers at ninety locations in Fairbanks. It filed a proposed 94.74 percent increase on an existing rate cap for steam heat services, from $10.50 to $20.45 per thousand pounds. The AG elected to participate at the Commissionís request. Other docket parties include the City of Fairbanks, JL Properties, Inc., Golden Heart Utilities, Inc. and College Utilities Corporation. The AG is investigating the proposed rate increase and will file testimony by October 7, 2014. A public hearing is scheduled to begin January 5, 2015, with a final decision due by April 9, 2015.
Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility (AWWU)
RCA Dockets U-13-201/U-13-202 (Water & Watewater). Utility Profile.
AWWU filed a proposed 4 percent rate increase for its water utility and a 5.5 percent rate increase for its wastewater utility in these dockets. The AG is participating in the dockets at the Commissionís request, and is investigating AWWUís rate filing. AG testimony documenting the results of the AGís investigation will be filed by January 29, 2015, and a public hearing is scheduled to begin May 11, 2015.
Chugach Electric Association (Chugach)
RCA Docket U-13-007 (Electric). Utility profile.
This rate case was filed in December 2012. Chugach originally proposed a 22 percent base rate increase for residential consumers, and a higher rate increase for each of Chugach's wholesale customers (a 28 percent base rate increase for Homer Electric Association; a 42 percent base rate increase for Matanuska Electric Association; and a 32 percent base rate increase for the City of Seward). The size of Chugach's proposed rate increase for residential consumers was subsequently reduced to a 19 percent increase as a result of a Commission decision agreeing with an AG request to reject Chugach's inclusion of $1.85 million in storm damage expense from inclusion in rates. The parties subsequently entered several partial settlements which were accepted by the Commission. Unresolved issues proceeded to hearing. On March 14, 2014 the Commission issued an order on the remaining disputed issues including setting disputed Ancillary Services at the rate asserted by the AG. Chugach was also required to issue $160,000 in refunds to consumers as a result of these orders.
RCA Docket U-14-001 (Electric).
Chugach filed another rate case on November 19, 2013, proposing a $16 million base rate increase. This rate case was filed primarily to address increased costs associated with the Southcentral Power Plant (SPP) becoming operational and the loss of Homer Electric Association as a Chugach wholesale customer. The AG elected to participate at the Commission request, and investigated Chugachís proposed rate increase. In testimony filed on July 14, 2014, the AG recommended Chugachís proposed rate increase be reduced to $11.86 million. A public hearing is scheduled to begin October 27, 2014, and a final decision from the Commission is due by February 12, 2015.
Doyon Utilities, LLC. (Doyon Utilities)
RCA Dockets U-12-076/U-12-077/U-12-078/U-12-079/U-12-080/U-12-081/U-12-082/U-12-083/U-12-083/U-12-084/U-12-085/U-12-086/U-12-087. (Water, Sewer, Steam Heat, Electric). Utility profile.
These consolidated dockets involve twelve different rate increase requests filed by Doyon Utilities for the utility services it provides to military bases in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Fort Greely. The Department of Defense (DoD) is the only "customer," however, all rates charged also impact to some degree all military families with base housing. Doyon Utilities' service to DoD includes water, sewer, electric, natural gas and district heating utility services on the three military installations (Fort Wainwright, Fort Greely, and JBER). These services were previously provided by the DoD. The utility services are provided under contracts that were publically bid under federal procurement regulations designed to allow utility services to be privatized on military installations across the country. The contracts for privatization required regulation of the utility operations by the Commission. The Commission suspended the rate increase requests for investigation and invited DoD participation. The AG elected to participate in the Docket and began an investigation. Doyon Utilities and DoD subsequently requested and were granted a stay of all twelve proceedings to allow Doyon Utilities and DoD to explore possible settlement. The results of settlement discussions between Doyon Utilities and DoD are pending.
ENSTAR Natural Gas Company (ENSTAR)
RCA Docket U-14-010 (Gas). Utility Profile.
ENSTAR filed proposed revisions to its tariff rules governing how commercial customers can receive gas from third-party suppliers using ENSTARís pipeline system, and how ENSTAR handles billing and meter errors with its customers. The AG is participating in the docket at the Commissionís request. Other docket parties include Aurora Gas, LLC, Cook Inlet Energy, LLC, Homer Electric Association and Matanuska Electric Association. The parties agreed to enter mediation but were unable to reach a settlement. On July 2, 2014, ENSTAR notified the Commission that ENSTAR was withdrawing its request to revise its tariff rules. ENSTARís request to terminate the proceeding is currently pending before the Commission.
Homer Electric Association (HEA)
RCA Dockets U-13-203/U-13-204 (Electric). Utility Profile.
HEA filed a proposal to recover costs associated with line losses (which are power losses associated with transmission) and to implement electric power transmission rates applicable to all electric power flowing from the Bradley Lake Hydroelectric Project that crosses HEAís transmission system to get to Chugach, ML&P, MEA, the City of Seward, and GVEA. The AG is participating at the invitation of the Commission.
Docket issues include whether the Commission has jurisdiction to address HEAís filings, the extent of HEAís line losses associated with its transportation of Bradley Lake power, and load balancing issues between Chugach and HEA. An initial order was issued on June 30, 2014 detailing the Commissionís jurisdiction. A public hearing on all remaining disputed issues is set to begin February 19, 2015.
Mile 8 Utilities (Mile 8).
RCA Docket U-13-157 (Water)/U-13-158 (Wastewater). Utility Profile.
Mile 8 is a small water and wastewater utility providing service in Settler's Bay near Wasilla, Alaska. On July 1, 2013, Mile 8 filed a proposal for a 12.39 percent rate increase for water service and a 15.27 percent rate increase per year for four years for wastewater service. The AG elected to participate at the request of the Commission. After the parties submitted prefiled testimony, a stipulation was reached. Under the stipulation, the water utilityís rate increase will be limited to 3.96 percent, and the wastewater utilityís rate increase will be limited to 8.70 percent per year for four years. The Commission accepted the stipulation on August 7, 2014.
Municipal Light & Power (ML&P).
RCA Docket U-13-006 (Electric). Utility Profile.
This rate case was filed in December 2012. ML&P proposed a 9.72 percent rate increase. The AG elected to participate in the Docket and the Federal Executive Agency (FEA), which participated on behalf of military installations in Anchorage, also intervened. The AG's investigation and testimony recommended ML&P's rate increase be limited to 3.59 percent. A public hearing to resolve disputed issues was held in February 2014. On May 27, 2014, the Commission issued a decision limiting ML&Pís rate increase to 6.57 percent. The order results in approximately a $600,000 refund for consumers.
RCA Docket U-13-184 (Electric).
This ML&P rate case was filed in September 2013. ML&P proposes a 31.52 percent rate increase implemented in two phases spread over two years. The claimed driver for the proposed rate increase is ML&P's share of the Southcentral Power Project (SPP). The AG has intervened in the docket at the Commission's request. Other docket participants include the Federal Executive Agency (FEA) and Providence Health Services. The AG investigated ML&Pís request and filed testimony recommending ML&Pís rate increase be limited to approximately 24 percent. A public hearing before the Commission is scheduled to begin October 1, 2014.
Potter Creek Water Co. (Potter Creek).
RCA Docket U-13-155 (Water). Utility Profile.
Potter Creek provides water service in Anchorage to approximately 136 residential customers. On May 20, 2013, Potter Creek filed a proposal to increase rates by 24.3 percent. The AG elected to participate in the docket at the Commission's request. Following the AGís investigation, the AG filed testimony recommending that Potter Creekís rate increase be limited to 13.05 percent. A settlement was subsequently reached limiting Potter Creekís rate increase to 16.51 percent. The settlement was accepted by the Commission on May 30, 2014. This settlement also requires Potter Creek to issue a 2.66 percent refund to consumers. Potter Creek ratepayers will also receive a refund of a portion of their rates collected to pay property taxes on the Potter Creek system.
RCA Dockets U-13-205/U-13-206/U-13-207 (Electric).Utility Profile.
TDX supplies electric power through subsidiaries in Adak, Sand Point and on the North Slope. On November 14, 2013, TDX Adak and TDX Sand Point Generating filed proposed rate increases of 24.21 percent (for TDX Adak) and 1.43 percent (for TDX Sand Point). TDX North Slope filed rate information as required by a prior agreement with the AG, but it is not seeking a rate increase. The AG is participating at the invitation of the Commission and is investigating the rates proposed by all three utilities. The AG will file testimony by August 22, 2014. A public hearing is scheduled to begin December 8, 2014.