On June 1, 2012, Tennessee American Water Company ("TAWC") filed with the Tennessee Regulatory Authority ("TRA") a Petition for a General Rate Increase, Implementation of Distribution System Infrastructure Charge and the Establishment of Tracking Mechanisms for Purchased Power, Pensions and Chemical Expenses ("Petition"). The Petition requests an increase in rates of nearly $10.6 million annually. This represents a nearly 25% increase in rates for the businesses and households of Chattanooga and the surrounding areas served by TAWC.
TAWC provides residential, commercial, industrial and municipal water service to 75,840 homes and businesses located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the surrounding area, including customers within the State of Georgia whose rates are regulated by the TRA rather than Georgia's Public Service Commission. TAWC's last rate case was filed on September 17, 2010, and resulted in a contested case heard before the TRA in April 2011. In that case, TRA Docket 10-00189, TAWC requested a rate increase of $9,984,463. The resulting Order from that matter increased base rates by only $5.5 million annually, an overall rate of return of 10%. In this case, TAWC proposes to increase customer rates by another $10,586,344 annually representing nearly a 25% rate increase for the businesses and households of Chattanooga and the surrounding areas.
The Consumer Advocate and Protection Division intervened in this case on June 16, 2012. The hearing is expected to be the week of October 15, 2012. Consumers interested in the case are encouraged to attend during the public comment portion of the case. The public hearing information will be posted on the TRA website.
This list includes only significant filings and is not intended to be a complete record of the matter.