June Newsline: Orlando's 5-year wastewater plan; IA sewer grant; Texas invests in wind and more

June 2010 Vol. 65 No. 6

The rate filing includes a provision to incentivize new businesses to invest in New Jersey, both creating jobs and stimulating the state's economy. With the proposed Economic Development Rate, New Jersey American Water will offer lower rates for a set period of time to new commercial or industrial customers who establish their business within the company's service territory. This concept is similar to economic development tariffs used by other New Jersey utilities. The company will work with state agencies and other utilities to package and create proposals that will stimulate economic growth and jobs.
Rates will remain unchanged until this request undergoes extensive public scrutiny by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, the New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel, and an Administrative Law Judge. This scrutiny will include numerous interrogatories, public hearings and evidentiary hearings. This process, based on prior requests, can take a minimum of nine months.

The increased rates proposed in the rate petition are a request only. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities will make the final decision regarding the actual percent of increase.

Kansas City to reduce sewer overflows
After a year of negotiations with the Environmental Protection Agency to address Kansas City’s polluted rivers and streams and sewer overflows, council members agreed to move ahead with plans for a $2.5 billion overhaul of its aging sewer system. The settlement allows a 25-year implementation schedule for the city’s sewer overflow control plan.

The longer schedule will allow the city to spread out the costs over more years, helping to alleviate the impact on Kansas City’s sewer rate payers.

The project will involve both the installation of huge tunnels and new sewer pipes, along with green solutions — environmentally progressive, natural landscaping approaches designed to improve water quality.

Piedmont to construct natural gas pipeline
Piedmont Natural Gas announced an agreement with Progress Energy Carolinas to provide natural gas delivery service to the electric utility's power generation facility to be built at its existing Sutton site near Wilmington, NC. Piedmont will construct approximately 133 miles of transmission pipeline and install 23,000 horsepower of new compression facilities to serve the new 620 MW combined cycle Sutton plant.