Utah Ratepayers Association
Education and Lobbying for Ratepayers of Utility-type Services with Limited or No Alternatives
Rocky Mountain Power & Questar Gas Seek Rate Increases
On 17 December 2007, Rocky Mountain Power asked the Public Service Commission of Utah to approve a rate increase of 12.2% for its residential customers effective August 2008.
On 19 December 2007, Questar Gas asked the Commission to approve an increase in the rates it charges its residential and most business customers of about 7%, also effective August 2008.
On 18 December 2007, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Rocky Mountain Power's request for a rate increase.
How You Can Follow These Rate Cases
The Commission has a website where you can track much - but not all - of what it is doing, what it is being told, and what it is deciding.
Each application, case, or proceeding is given a Docket number, and every document is listed in the relevant Docket Index. The electric (Rocky Mountain Power) case is Docket No 07-035-93; the natural gas (Questar Gas Company) case is Docket No 07-057-13.
Those that the Commission thinks will be of considerable interest are posted on its website, and most - nearly all - of the documents can be downloaded over the Internet. Both the docket indices for these two general rate cases are available on the Commission's website. The shortcut, or URL, for the electric case is http://www.psc.utah.gov/elec/Indexes/0703593indx.htm and for the natural gas case is http://www.psc.utah.gov/gas/Indexes/0705713indx.htm.
The Commission has broken new ground in these two cases by providing the opportunity for anyone to sign up for webwatch subscriptions that will allow you to receive email notification whenever any new posting is made to these docket indices. Just use the shortcuts above to go to the docket indices, and the subscription box is at the top of each index. If you need help with any of this, email Utah Ratepayers Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 801-998-8511.
You can visit the Commission's office and inspect the documents, too, on the 4th Floor of the Heber M Wells State Office Building, 160 E 300 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111.
The utilities claim that some of the information they provide is commercially confidential, and not available to the general public.
How Can You Make Your Voice Heard
There are several ways that utility ratepayers can express their opinions about the requested rate increases and participate in the proceedings.
Join the Utah Ratepayers Association
The most effective thing you can do is join the Utah Ratepayers Association.
We'll do our best to keep you informed, advise you on how to make your voice heard, and represent the interests of our members. We have knowledgeable leaders, including Claire Geddes and Roger Ball, and will have limited legal representation. We plan to analyse the utilities' requests, ask them for more information, file testimony, cross-examine the utilities' and regulatory agencies' witnesses, and make legal arguments. If you'd like to help, there is plenty of work to do, so please volunteer.
But - above all - join the Utah Ratepayers Association and let the Commission, regulatory agencies and utilities know that you support our work!
Last modified: 2 February 2008