BEFORE THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI

 

 

In the Matter of the Summit Natural Gas of         )

Missouri, Inc.’s Proposed Conversion                  )          File No. GO-2013-0360

Rebate Program                                                )          Tariff No. JG-2013-0300

 

 

ORDER SUSPENDING TARIFF AND SETTING PREHEARING CONFERENCE

 

Issue Date:  January 28, 2013                              Effective Date:  January 28, 2013

 

 

On December 28, 2012, Summit Natural Gas (“Summit”) of Missouri, Inc., filed the above-referenced tariff.  The tariff bears an effective date of January 29, 2013. 

On January 18, 2013, the Office of the Public Counsel filed a Motion to Suspend and Request for Evidentiary Hearing.  OPC states that the conversion program Summit proposes is prohibited by Commission rules.  OPC further states that Summit must request a variance for such a program rather than simply file a tariff.  Staff also objects, for similar reasons.  Summit maintains the program is allowed by Commission rules.

There is not a sufficient record on which the Commission can decide to approve or reject the tariff. To allow sufficient time to study the effect of the proposed tariff and establish an evidentiary record, the proposed tariff will be suspended. 

The Commission will suspend the tariff and schedule a prehearing conference to afford the parties the opportunity to discuss, define, and possibly resolve the issues presented.  The Commission will also set a date for the filing of a proposed procedural schedule to ensure that this case progresses. 

 

 

THE COMMISSION ORDERS THAT:

1.          The proposed tariff sheet submitted on December 28, 2012, by Summit Natural Gas (“Summit”) of Missouri, Inc., and assigned Tariff No. JG‑2013‑0300, is suspended for a period of 60 days beyond January 29, 2013, to March 30, 2013, or until otherwise ordered by this Commission.

2.          A prehearing conference shall be held on February 6, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., in Room 305 of the Governor Office Building, 200 Madison Street, Jefferson City, Missouri, a building that meets accessibility standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Any person who needs specific accessibility accommodations may call the Public Service Commission’s Hotline at 1‑800‑392‑4211 (voice) or Relay Missouri at 711 prior to the hearing.  Any person who wishes to appear at the prehearing conference by phone shall call the Regulatory Law Judge at 573‑751‑7497 no later than January 30, 2013.

3.          The parties shall file a proposed procedural schedule no later than February 13, 2013.  The procedural schedule shall include dates for the filing of testimony and for a hearing.

4.               This order shall become effective upon issuance.

 

BY THE COMMISSION

 

 

 

 

Shelley Brueggemann

Acting Secretary

 

( S E A L )

 

Ronald D. Pridgin, Senior Regulatory

Law Judge, by delegation of authority

pursuant to Section 386.240, RSMo 2000.

 

Dated at Jefferson City, Missouri,

on this 28th day of January, 2013.