EPCOR rate case continues; interim rates to come

The Arizona Corporation Commission held a special meeting on January 25, 2019 to discuss the current water rate case, and to vote on amendments and the case itself.

After accepting and rejecting several amendments, the Commission couldn’t reach a majority decision on the case. Ultimately, after discussing other options, the Commission ordered a new docket to be opened, under which EPCOR must propose interim rates. The Commission then has 60 days from the opening of the docket to render a decision on those rates, which will be in effect until such a time that a NEW rate case is filed, heard and ultimately decided.

Interim Rates Application
EPCOR filed their proposed interim rates on January 31. These rates impose a $2.65 surcharge per thousand gallons of consumption on all Anthem customers, to be backdated and effective February 1 (IF APPROVED). That translates into a 36% increase for the typical residential customer (using 7,000 gallons). That amount is better than the judge’s recommended standalone rates, which would have resulted in a 59% increase for Anthem.

Public Comment Opportunities
Interim rates will be considered at a hearing beginning February 20 at 10 a.m. The public is invited to comment in person on February 19, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Commission, 1200 W. Washington. Comments on the interim rates will be accepted online, as well. Follow these steps:

  • Visit this page.
  • Enter your information.
  • Enter docket number WS-01303A-19-0011.
  • Company Name is EPCOR Water Arizona Inc.
Comments should focus on the interim rates only; indicate whether you are FOR or AGAINST the proposed interim rates, and why. The interim rates are NOT in effect at this time. Anthem rates remain the same until the Commission issues their decision.

Read more about this history of this case