PSC orders utility rate study
Friday, August 10, 2012
Missouri’s Public Service Commission wants to study how higher utility rates will affect older and low-income residents.
On Wednesday, commissioners established a new case docket so they can consider rate-design changes and the methods other states use to reduce the impact of higher utility rates on financially vulnerable residents.
Having an official docket allows the state’s Office of Public Counsel — which represents consumers in PSC rate cases — industrial utility groups, utilities and advocacy groups such as AARP to file briefs, giving their thoughts, opinions and legal arguments about rate designs and other programs that could help low-income people deal with utility costs.