For more information contact: Janet Buchanan, 785-271-3293
May 12, 2010
KCC to Hold Public Hearing on KGS Energy Efficiency Programs
|Monday, May 17th 6:30-9:00 p.m.||Tuesday, May 18th 6:30-9:00 p.m.|
|Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center – Room 101 AB 225 West Douglas Avenue Wichita, KS||Kansas Corporation Commission 1st Floor Hearing Room 1500 SW Arrowhead Road Topeka, KS|
At the public hearing customers will have the opportunity to ask questions and make statements in support or opposition to the proposal. Members of the public unable to attend the public hearing are encouraged to submit comments to the KCC through May 28, 2010. Comments should reference Docket No: 10-KGSG-421-TAR and be emailed to: , made over the phone at: 1-800-662-0027 or mailed to:
Kansas Corporation Commission
Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection
1500 SW Arrowhead Road
Topeka, KS 66604-4027
Kansas Gas Service filed an application with the KCC on December 18, 2009 proposing to offer a variety of energy efficiency programs for residential and commercial sales customers and to recover the costs associated with the operation of these programs.
In addition to becoming an Efficiency Kansas partner with the State Energy Office, Kansas Gas Services proposed programs to reduce customers' use of natural gas through the installation of high efficiency materials, appliances, and equipment.
Kansas Gas Service estimates it will cost $2.1 million per year for five years, totaling $10.5 million, to offer these programs. In order to recover these costs, an energy conservation surcharge of approximately 32 cents per month would appear on all residential and commercial sales customers' bills.
In addition, Kansas Gas Service also requested the establishment of a decoupling mechanism. Decoupling breaks the link between the amount of gas sold to customers and the level of revenues the company collects. Under decoupling, Kansas Gas Service would receive a specified level of revenue, regardless of how much natural gas consumers use. Had decoupling been in place last year, Kansas Gas Service estimates the residential surcharge would have been 38 cents per month for a total of $2.64 million.
A complete copy of Kansas Gas Service's application and supporting testimony is available at: http://estar.kcc.ks.gov/estar/portal/kcc/PSC/DocketDetails.aspx?DocketId=aea0b65f-182e-4c14-a5ce-56ed72de2b19. An evidentiary hearing is scheduled to begin June 2nd and the KCC must issue an order by August 16th.