PUC Invites Public to Comment at Online Hearings for Pennsylvania-American Water Rate Increases
HARRISBURG (JUL 23 2020) – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today announced eight videoconference / telephonic hearings in August to gather public input on rate increases proposed by the Pennsylvania-American Water Company (PAWC) and PAWC’s Wastewater Division (PAWC-WD) – for water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.3 million people in 37 counties across Pennsylvania. PAWC has requested increases of 18.3% for water service, and 22% for sewer service over a two year period.
PAWC Public Input Hearings
Videoconference/telephonic public input hearings for PAWC’s requests are scheduled for the following dates and times:
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020 – Hearings will begin at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 – Hearings will begin at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020 – Hearings will begin at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020 – Hearings will begin at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Administrative Law Judge Conrad A. Johnson will preside over the hearings.
Signing Up for the Hearings
All public input hearings will be conducted using the WebEx video conferencing platform. Persons wishing to testify during the public input hearings must register by the applicable registration deadline listed below using one of the following procedures:
Contact the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate (OCA) at its toll-free number, 1-800-684-6560, to register by 4.pm. on the applicable registration deadline listed below.
Register by clicking on one of the WebEx websites below for the date and time period during which you wish to testify and complete the registration form by the applicable registration deadline listed below:
August 18 @ 1 p.m. (Registration Deadline: August 13, 2020):
Event Number 127 637 2501
August 18 @ 6 p.m. (Registration Deadline: August 13, 2020):
Event Number 127 513 8820
August 25 @ 1 p.m. (Registration Deadline: August 20, 2020):
Event Number 127 704 2563
August 25 @ 6 p.m. (Registration Deadline: (August 20, 2020):
Event Number 127 882 3168
August 26 @ 1 p.m. (Registration Deadline: August 21, 2020):
Event Number 127 725 5848
August 26 @ 6 p.m. (Registration Deadline: August 21, 2020):
Event Number 127 228 7524
August 27 @ 1 p.m. (Registration Deadline: August 24, 2020):
Event Number 127 248 8863
August 27 @ 6 p.m. (Registration Deadline: August 24, 2020):
Event Number 127 972 3396
Individuals choosing to register on the WebEx website will be asked to provide their name, address, e-mail address, telephone number and organization (if any). This information remains private and will be provided only to the Administrative Law Judge and lawyers for the parties in this proceeding. After registration, individuals will receive a confirmation e-mail with a link to join the public input hearing. You can test your computer in advance at the following link:
Individuals wishing to testify only by phone on the day and time of the hearing for which they registered should dial 1-877-310-7479 and enter the unique event number for that hearing that is listed above.
Any persons that have not registered with OCA or through one of the WebEx websites above by the applicable registration deadline may not be able to testify during the public input hearings. Please contact OCA if you are unable to register by the applicable registration deadline or if you require assistance in registering for the public input hearing.
Individuals who do not wish to testify but want to listen to the public input hearings may contact the OCA toll free at 1-800-684-6560 to obtain the call-in information for the hearing in which they are interested. People may also click on the applicable WebEx website link for the day and time they wish to listen, or call 1-877-310-7479 and enter the unique event number at any time before or during the hearings.
Questions about participating in or listening to the public input hearings may be directed to the OCA.
For those individuals testifying, any hearing exhibits to which they will refer to during the hearing must be emailed (one copy) to Nicholas Miskanic, Legal Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org; and one (1) copy must be sent to every other party on the Active Service List. All copies must be received at least five (5) business days before the hearing.
If individuals require an interpreter to participate in the hearing, the Office of Administrative Law Judge will make every reasonable effort to have an interpreter present. At least five (5) business days prior to your hearing, please email the Legal Assistant or call 412-565-3550 to submit your request.
The PAWC Rate Increase Requests
For water service, PAWC proposes to increase total annual operating revenues by approximately $80.1 million (12.5%) for rates effective Jan. 1, 2021, and by approximately $41.7 million (5.8%) for rates effective Jan. 1, 2022.
For its wastewater division, PAWC proposes to increase total annual operating revenues by approximately $12.3 million (16.9%) for rates effective Jan. 1, 2021, and by approximately $4.5 million (5.4%) for rates effective Jan. 1, 2022.
Final decisions by the Commission are due by Jan. 28, 2021.
Offering Testimony at a Public Input Hearing
The PUC offers tips on how to participate in a public input hearing, including:
Prepare what you are going to say beforehand. Even though it is not required, you may want to write out your statement, which can be read.
Any formal testimony that is offered during the hearing will become part of the record on which the PUC will issue its final decision.
Understand that parties in the case may want to ask you a question to clarify something you said.