NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
APPLICATION OF KALAELOA WATER COMPANY, LLC.
FOR APPROVAL OF A GENERAL RATE INCREASE AND REVISED RULES, REGULATIONS, AND RATES
Docket No. 2021-0005
The STATE OF HAWAII PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION (“Commission”), pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes §§ 269-12 and 269-16, HEREBY GIVES NOTICE that it will hold a virtual public hearing relating to the Application of Kalaeloa Water Co., LLC (“KWC”), filed on August 31, 2021 (“Application”), requesting approval of a general rate increase and revised rules, regulations,
and rates. The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. All interested parties may attend the meeting as follows:
Online (via web browser or WebEx mobile device app)
Meeting Number: 2563 854 3933
Meeting Password: Qf9vytci57n (73989824 from phones and video systems)
Dial-in Number: +1-408-418-9388
Access code: 2563 854 3933
KWC is a public utility that provides water and wastewater services to customers within Kalaeloa on the island of Oahu. KWC seeks a net overall revenue increase of $282,583 for its water and wastewater operations during the July 1, 2021, through Jun 30, 2022 test year (“the Test Year”), which represents an approximate 9% increase over the pro forma revenue amount of $3,148,507 at present rates during the Test Year. KWC’s proposed net overall revenue increase is comprised of a proposed revenue decrease of $98,734 for its water service and proposed revenue increase of $381,317 for its wastewater service, and amounts to an approximate 6.91% decrease in revenues for its water service and approximate 22.17% increase in revenues for its wastewater service. KWC’s proposed revenue decrease for its water service and proposed revenue increase for its wastewater service will provide KWC with the opportunity to earn a 6.94% overall rate of return on its prudently incurred system improvements for each of its water and wastewater services.
KWC’s proposed rates for its water and wastewater services include a request for Commission approval of the following automatic rate adjustment clauses:
1. A new Water Power Cost Charge, which KWC states is designed to allow KWC to fully recover its water power costs and pass through any increases or decreases that may occur in between rate cases.
2. A new Sewer Power Cost Charge, which KWC states is designed to allow KWC to fully recover its wastewater power costs and pass through any increases or decreases that may occur in between rate cases.
3. A new Purchased Wastewater Treatment Charge, which KWC states is designed to allow KWC to fully pass through its purchased wastewater treatment costs and pass through any increases or decreases that may occur in between rate cases.
KWC’s proposed automatic rate adjustment clauses and other proposed changes to the rates paid by KWC’s customers will together result in an increase or decrease to the rates paid by KWC’s water and wastewater customers. KWC requests that it be authorized to put its proposed rates into effect after the date of authorization by the Commission.
KWC also requests Commission approval of revisions to its Tariff Nos. 1 and 2; specifically, KWC proposes to revise its rules governing contributions-in-aid-of-construction for both its water and wastewater services, and to adopt a new rule governing System Extensions for both its water and wastewater services.
The Commission will investigate whether KWC’s requests are just and reasonable.
The foregoing is a brief summary of the requests made in KWC’s Application. KWC’s Application is available for public review through the Commission’s electronic Document Management System, which is accessible at http://dms.puc.hawaii.gov/dms/, Docket Quick Link 2021-0005. Copies of the Application are also available for review by contacting the Commission’s Honolulu Office [(808) 586-2020] or the Division of Consumer Advocacy [(808) 586-2800].
All interested persons are invited to attend the public hearing to state their views on the Application. Statements may also be e-mailed to the Commission at Hawaii.PUC@hawaii.gov. All written statements should reference “Docket No. 2021-0005.” Any person may request an auxiliary aid or service or an accommodation due to a disability by contacting the Commission within 5 days before the public hearing date.
Motions to Intervene or Participate in this proceeding shall comply with subchapter 4, Rules of Practice and Procedure Before the Public Utilities Commission, Hawaii Administrative Rules, Title 16, Chapter 601. A motion to intervene or participate in this proceeding shall be filed with the Commission’s Honolulu Office by November 19, 2021.
James P. Griffin
(SA1345926 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8/21)