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Notice Of Public Comment Hearings And Evidentiary

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION OF WEST VIRGINIA CHARLESTON CASE NO. 15-0674-WS-D WEST VIRGINIA-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY Application to change depreciation rates. CASE NO. 15-0675-S-42T WEST VIRGINIA-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY Rule 42T tariff filing to increase sewer rates and charges. and CASE NO. 15-0676-W-42T WEST VIRGINIA-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY Rule 42T tariff filing to increase water rates and charges. NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT HEARINGS AND EVIDENTIARY HEARING On April 30, 2015, West Virginia-American Water Company (WVAWC) tendered for filing revised tariff sheets reflecting increased water rates and charges of approximately $35,472,154 annually (a 28.18 percent increase) for furnishing potable water to approximately 168,000 customers in Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Clay, Fayette, Harrison, Jackson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mercer, Putnam, Raleigh, Roane, Summers, Wayne and Webster Counties. On the same date, WVAWC filed revised tariff sheets reflecting increased sewer rates and charges of $176,895 annually (a 22.3 percent increase) for furnishing sewer utility service to 1,050 customers in Fayette County, and an application to increase depreciation rates under Rule 20 of the Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure, 150 C.S.R. Series 1 (Procedural Rules), effective on the same date that its revised water and sewer rates go into effect. As of June 22, 2015, WVAWC was to have completed the public notice of the proposed rate changes and the opportunity to protest and/or intervene by newspaper publication and bill inserts to customers, as required by Commission Rules and Commission Order issued May 26, 2015. By Order issued May 27, 2015, the Commission (i) made WVAWC a respondent in these proceedings, (ii) consolidated the three cases, (iii) suspended the effective date of the proposed increased rates and charges through Wednesday, February 24, 2016; (iv) granted a waiver to allow WVAWC additional time to provide individual notice; (v) established the completion date for individual customer notice; (vi) set an intervention date of July 29, 2015; and (vii) granted the CAD request to intervene. In addition to the CAD intervention, the Commission has granted two additional requests to intervene filed by the Kanawha County Commission and the Regional Development Authority of Charleston, Kanawha County and the Advocates for a Safe Water System. Commission Orders June 26, 2015, and June 29, 2015. The Commission will hold the following afternoon and evening public comment hearings and the evidentiary hearing: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 Public comment hearings (1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.) at the Lewis County Courthouse, Old Circuit Courtroom, 2nd Floor, 110 Center Avenue, Weston, WV Thursday, October 1, 2015 Public comment hearings (1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.) at 519 John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV Wednesday, October 7, 2015 Public comment hearings (1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.) at the Fayette County Courthouse, Circuit Courtroom, 100 Court Street, Fayetteville, WV Thursday, October 8, 2015 Public comment hearings (1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.) at the Mercer County Courthouse, Judge Sadler’s Courtroom, 2nd Floor, 1501 West Main Street, Princeton, WV Monday, October 26, 2015 Public comment hearing at 6:00 p.m. at the Public Service Commission, Howard M. Cunningham Hearing Room, 201 Brooks Street, Charleston, WV Tuesday, October 27, 2015 Start of Evidentiary hearing at 9:30 a.m., Public Service Commission, 201 Brooks Street, Charleston, WV. Public comment will be heard at the beginning of this hearing. Interested persons may attend any of the public comment hearings and make public comment. Members of the public may also observe the evidentiary hearing. WEST VIRGINIA-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY 9-14-MON-1-FT; LG 400