Chapter 386 Public Service Commission
386.135 - Independent technical staff for commission authorized, qualifications — personal advisors permitted — corresponding elimination of positions required — duties of technical staff.
1.The commission shall have an independent technical advisory staff of up to six full-time employees.The advisory staff shall have expertise in accounting, economics, finance, engineering/utility operations, law, or public policy.
2.In addition, each commissioner shall also have the authority to retain one personal advisor, who shall be deemed a member of the technical advisory staff.The personal advisors will serve at the pleasure of the individual commissioner whom they serve and shall possess expertise in one or more of the following fields:accounting, economics, finance, engineering/utility operations, law, or public policy.
3.The commission shall only hire technical advisory staff pursuant to subsections 1 and 2 of this section if there is a corresponding elimination in comparable staff positions for commission staff to offset the hiring of such technical advisory staff on a cost-neutral basis.Such technical advisory staff shall be hired on or before July 1, 2005.
4.It shall be the duty of the technical advisory staff to render advice and assistance to the commissioners and the commission's administrative law judges on technical matters within their respective areas of expertise that may arise during the course of proceedings before the commission.
5.The technical advisory staff shall also update the commission and the commission's administrative law judges periodically on developments and trends in public utility regulation, including updates comparing the use, nature, and effect of various regulatory practices and procedures as employed by the commission and public utility commissions in other jurisdictions.
6.Each member of the technical advisory staff shall be subject to any applicable ex parte or conflict of interest requirements in the same manner and to the same degree as any commissioner, provided that neither any person regulated by, appearing before, or employed by the commission shall be permitted to offer such member a different appointment or position during that member's tenure on the technical advisory staff.
7.No employee of a company or corporation regulated by the public service commission, no employee of the office of public counsel or the public counsel, and no staff members of either the utility operations division or utility services division who were an employee or staff member on, during the two years immediately preceding, or anytime after August 28, 2003, may be a member of the commission's technical advisory staff for two years following the termination of their employment with the corporation, office of public counsel or commission staff member.
8.The technical advisory staff shall never be a party to any case before the commission.
386.160 - Payment of salaries and expenses.
All salaries and expenses of the commission shall be audited and allowed by the commissioner of administration and paid by the state treasurer upon warrants out of the funds provided therefor.
386.060 - Removal of commissioners.
The governor may remove any commissioner for inefficiency, neglect of duty, or misconduct in office, giving to him a copy of the charges against him and an opportunity of being publicly heard in person or by counsel, in his own defense, upon not less than ten days' notice.If such commissioner shall be removed, the governor shall file in the office of the secretary of state a complete statement of all charges made against such commissioner, and his findings thereon, together with a complete record of the proceedings.The legislature also shall have the power, by a two-thirds vote of all members elected to each house, after ten days' notice in writing of the charges and a public hearing, to remove any one or more of said commissioners from office for dereliction of duty, or corruption, or incompetency.
386.260 - Commission to fix units of service.
The commission shall ascertain, determine and fix for each kind of public utility suitable and convenient standard commercial units of service, product or commodity, which units shall be lawful units for the purposes of this chapter.
386.360 - Commission to investigate mandamus or injunctive actions, when — hearings, when held — parties, when joined — form of final judgment.
1.Whenever the commission shall be of the opinion that a public utility, municipal gas system, person or corporation is failing or omitting or about to fail or omit to do anything required of it by law or by order or decision of the commission, or is doing anything or about to do anything or permitting anything or about to permit anything to be done, contrary to or in violation of law or of any order or decision of the commission, it shall direct the general counsel to the commission to commence an action or proceeding in any circuit court of the state of Missouri in the name of the commission for the purpose of having such violations or threatened violations stopped and prevented either by mandamus or injunctions.The commission's general counsel shall thereupon begin such action or proceeding by a petition to such court alleging the violation complained of and praying for appropriate relief by way of mandamus or injunction.Such relief shall not be limited to permanent forms of mandamus and injunction, but shall include all available forms of injunction and mandamus, including temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, permanent injunctions, preliminary orders of mandamus, and permanent orders of mandamus.
2.It shall thereupon be the duty of the court to specify the time, not exceeding thirty days after service of a copy of the petition, within which the public utility, person, municipal gas system or corporation complained of, must answer the petition in cases where an answer is contemplated by Missouri Rules of Court.In case of default in answer or after answer, the court shall immediately inquire into the facts and circumstances in such manner as the court shall direct without other or formal pleadings, and without respect to any technical requirement.
3.Such other persons, public utilities, municipal gas systems or corporations as the court shall deem necessary or proper to join as parties in order to make its order, judgment or writs effective may be joined as parties upon application of the commission's general counsel.
4.The final judgment in any such action or proceeding shall either dismiss the action or proceeding or direct that a writ of mandamus or an injunction, or both, issue as prayed for in the petition or in such modified or other form as the court may determine will afford appropriate relief.
386.764 - Construction of certain statutes.
Nothing in sections 386.754 to 386.764 shall be construed as modifying existing legal standards regarding which party has the burden of proof in commission proceedings.
386.760 - Public service commission to administer and ensure compliance — promulgation of rules.
1.The public service commission shall have full authority to administer and ensure compliance with sections 386.754 to 386.764, provided that the commission shall not impose, by rule or otherwise, requirements regarding HVAC services that are inconsistent with or in addition to those set forth in sections 386.754 to 386.764 or with requirements set forth in section 386.315.
2.No rule or portion of a rule promulgated pursuant to the provisions of sections 386.754 to 386.764 shall become effective unless it has been promulgated pursuant to the provisions of chapter 536.
386.460 - Refusal to attend or produce books or papers, guilty of misdemeanor — penalty.
If a person subpoenaed to appear before the commission or a commissioner fails to obey the command of such subpoena, without reasonable cause, or if a person in attendance upon the commission or a commissioner shall, without a reasonable cause, refuse to be sworn or to be examined, or answer a question, or to produce a book or paper when ordered to do so by the commission or a commissioner, or to subscribe or swear to his deposition after it has been correctly produced in writing, he shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment, and may be prosecuted therefor in any court of competent jurisdiction; and in case of a continuing violation each day's continuance thereof shall be and be deemed to be a separate and distinct offense.
386.560 - Mishandling records — false statements — penalty — order provisions.
Any person who shall willfully make any false entry in the accounts, books of account, records or memoranda kept by any corporation, person or public utility governed by the provisions of this chapter, or who shall willfully destroy, mutilate, alter or by any other means or device falsify the record of any such account, book of accounts, record or memoranda, or who shall willfully neglect or fail to make full, true and correct entries of such account, book of accounts, record or memoranda of all facts and transactions appertaining to the business of such corporations, persons or public utilities, or who shall falsely make any statement required to be made to the public service commission, in which a penalty has not heretofore been provided for, shall be deemed guilty of a felony, and upon conviction shall be punished by a fine of not less than one thousand dollars nor more than five thousand dollars, or by imprisonment for not less than two years nor more than five years, or by both such fine and imprisonment; provided, that the commission may, in its discretion, issue orders specifying such operating, accounting or financial papers, records, books, blanks, tickets, stubs or documents, of carriers which may after a reasonable time be destroyed, and prescribing the length of time such books, papers or documents shall be preserved; and provided further, that such orders shall be in harmony with those of the Interstate Commerce Commission.
386.170 - Publications commission, powers.
The members of the public service commission are hereby made and constituted a publications commission to select and designate what findings, orders and decisions of the public service commission shall be published in a series of volumes designated "Reports of the Public Service Commission of the State of Missouri" and to supervise and cause to be prepared the syllabi for the findings, orders and decisions, and to select and designate such other works, papers or studies of the public service commission relating to the field of public utilities regulation that may be of interest to the public and to cause them to be published in pamphlet, book, or electronic form.
386.370 - Estimate of expenses — assessments against utilities — public service commission fund.
1.The commission shall, prior to the beginning of each fiscal year beginning with the fiscal year commencing on July 1, 1947, make an estimate of the expenses to be incurred by it during such fiscal year reasonably attributable to the regulation of public utilities as provided in chapters 386, 392 and 393 and shall also separately estimate the amount of such expenses directly attributable to such regulation of each of the following groups of public utilities:Electrical corporations, gas corporations, water corporations, heating companies and telephone corporations, telegraph corporations, sewer corporations, and any other public utility as defined in section 386.020, as well as the amount of such expenses not directly attributable to any such group.For purposes of this section, water corporations and sewer corporations will be combined and considered one group of public utilities.
2.The commission shall allocate to each such group of public utilities the estimated expenses directly attributable to the regulation of such group and an amount equal to such proportion of the estimated expenses not directly attributable to any group as the gross intrastate operating revenues of such group during the preceding calendar year bears to the total gross intrastate operating revenues of all public utilities subject to the jurisdiction of the commission, as aforesaid, during such calendar year.The commission shall then assess the amount so allocated to each group of public utilities, subject to reduction as herein provided, to the public utilities in such group in proportion to their respective gross intrastate operating revenues during the preceding calendar year, except that the total amount so assessed to all such public utilities shall not exceed one-fourth of one percent of the total gross intrastate operating revenues of all utilities subject to the jurisdiction of the commission.
3.The commission shall render a statement of such assessment to each such public utility on or before July first and the amount so assessed to each such public utility shall be paid by it to the director of revenue in full on or before July fifteenth next following the rendition of such statement, except that any such public utility may at its election pay such assessment in four equal installments not later than the following dates next following the rendition of said statement, to wit:July fifteenth, October fifteenth, January fifteenth and April fifteenth.The director of revenue shall remit such payments to the state treasurer.
4.The state treasurer shall credit such payments to a special fund, which is hereby created, to be known as "The Public Service Commission Fund", which fund, or its successor fund created pursuant to section 33.571*, shall be devoted solely to the payment of expenditures actually incurred by the commission and attributable to the regulation of such public utilities subject to the jurisdiction of the commission, as aforesaid.Any amount remaining in such special fund or its successor fund at the end of any fiscal year shall not revert to the general revenue fund, but shall be applicable by appropriation of the general assembly to the payment of such expenditures of the commission in the succeeding fiscal year and shall be applied by the commission to the reduction of the amount to be assessed to such public utilities in such succeeding fiscal year, such reduction to be allocated to each group of public utilities in proportion to the respective gross intrastate operating revenues of the respective groups during the preceding calendar year.
5.In order to enable the commission to make the allocations and assessments herein provided for, each public utility subject to the jurisdiction of the commission as aforesaid shall file with the commission, within ten days after August 28, 1996, and thereafter on or before March thirty-first of each year, a statement under oath showing its gross intrastate operating revenues for the preceding calendar year, and if any public utility shall fail to file such statement within the time aforesaid the commission shall estimate such revenue which estimate shall be binding on such public utility for the purpose of this section.
386.270 - All orders prima facie lawful and reasonable.
All rates, tolls, charges, schedules and joint rates fixed by the commission shall be in force and shall be prima facie lawful, and all regulations, practices and services prescribed by the commission shall be in force and shall be prima facie lawful and reasonable until found otherwise in a suit brought for that purpose pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
386.570 - Violation of orders — penalty — act of employee declared act of public utility.
1.Any corporation, person or public utility which violates or fails to comply with any provision of the constitution of this state or of this or any other law, or which fails, omits or neglects to obey, observe or comply with any order, decision, decree, rule, direction, demand or requirement, or any part or provision thereof, of the commission in a case in which a penalty has not herein been provided for such corporation, person or public utility, is subject to a penalty of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than two thousand dollars for each offense.
2.Every violation of the provisions of this or any other law or of any order, decision, decree, rule, direction, demand or requirement of the commission, or any part or portion thereof, by any corporation or person or public utility is a separate and distinct offense, and in case of a continuing violation each day's continuance thereof shall be and be deemed to be a separate and distinct offense.
3.In construing and enforcing the provisions of this chapter relating to penalties, the act, omission or failure of any officer, agent or employee of any corporation, person or public utility, acting within the scope of his official duties of employment, shall in every case be and be deemed to be the act, omission or failure of such corporation, person or public utility.
386.470 - Immunity of witnesses to prosecution.
No person shall be excused from testifying or from producing any books or papers in any investigation or inquiry by or upon any hearing before the commission or any commissioner, when ordered to do so by the commission, upon the ground that the testimony or evidence, books or documents required of him may tend to incriminate him or subject him to penalty or forfeiture, but no person shall be prosecuted, punished or subjected to any penalty or forfeiture for or on account of any act, transaction, matter or thing concerning which he shall under oath have testified or produced documentary evidence; provided, however, that no person so testifying shall be exempt from prosecution or punishment for any perjury committed by him in his testimony.Nothing herein contained is intended to give, or shall be construed as in any manner giving unto any corporation immunity of any kind.
386.125 - Public service commission, rulemaking authority.
Beginning January 1, 2007, any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under authority delegated to the public service commission shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028. This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after January 1, 2007, shall be invalid and void.
386.754 - Definitions.
For the purposes of sections 386.754 to 386.764, the following terms mean:
(1)"Affiliate", any entity not regulated by the public service commission which is owned, controlled by or under common control with a utility and is engaged in HVAC services;
(2)"HVAC services", the warranty, sale, lease, rental, installation, construction, modernization, retrofit, maintenance or repair of heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment;
(3)"Utility", an electrical corporation, gas corporation or heating company, as defined in section 386.020;
(4)"Utility contractor", a person, including an individual, corporation, firm, incorporated or unincorporated association or other business or legal entity, that contracts, whether in writing or not in writing, with a utility to engage in or assist any entity in engaging in HVAC services, but does not include employees of a utility.
386.250 - Jurisdiction of commission.
The jurisdiction, supervision, powers and duties of the public service commission herein created and established shall extend under this chapter:
(1)To the manufacture, sale or distribution of gas, natural and artificial, and electricity for light, heat and power, within the state, and to persons or corporations owning, leasing, operating or controlling the same; and to gas and electric plants, and to persons or corporations owning, leasing, operating or controlling the same;
(2)To all telecommunications facilities, telecommunications services and to all telecommunications companies so far as such telecommunications facilities are operated or utilized by a telecommunications company to offer or provide telecommunications service between one point and another within this state or so far as such telecommunications services are offered or provided by a telecommunications company between one point and another within this state, except that nothing contained in this section shall be construed as conferring jurisdiction upon the commission over the rates charged by a telephone cooperative for providing telecommunications service within an exchange or within a local calling scope as determined by the commission, except for exchange access service;
(3)To all water corporations, and to the land, property, dams, water supplies, or power stations thereof and the operation of same within this state, except that nothing contained in this section shall be construed as conferring jurisdiction upon the commission over the service or rates of any municipally owned water plant or system in any city of this state except where such service or rates are for water to be furnished or used beyond the corporate limits of such municipality;
(4)To all sewer systems and their operations within this state and to persons or corporations owning, leasing, operating or controlling the same;
(5)To all public utility corporations and persons whatsoever subject to the provisions of this chapter as herein defined, except that the public service commission may, upon application of any interested person, decline jurisdiction and supervision over the sale and distribution of electricity and the owning, operating, and controlling of related plant if such sale and distribution is by a person authorized to provide such services in an adjoining state with fewer than twenty residential customers in Missouri, all of whom are located within two miles of the borders of the state of Missouri and if such customers are unable to receive utility services from an investor-owner utility or rural electric cooperative due to a natural barrier.If the public service commission shall decline such jurisdiction and supervision, the Missouri customers of such out-of-state utility shall receive services under the same terms and conditions as the utility provides service to its customers in the nearest adjoining state;
(6)To the adoption of rules as are supported by evidence as to reasonableness and which prescribe the conditions of rendering public utility service, disconnecting or refusing to reconnect public utility service and billing for public utility service.All such proposed rules shall be filed with the secretary of state and published in the Missouri Register as provided in chapter 536, and a hearing shall be held at which affected parties may present evidence as to the reasonableness of any proposed rule; and
(7)To such other and further extent, and to all such other and additional matters and things, and in such further respects as may herein appear, either expressly or impliedly.
386.050 - Appointment of commissioners — qualifications — tenure.
The commission shall consist of five members who shall be appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, and one of whom shall be designated by the governor to be chair of the commission.Each commissioner, at the time of the commissioner's appointment and qualification, shall be a resident of the state of Missouri, and shall have resided in the state for a period of at least five years next preceding the appointment and qualification, and shall also be a qualified voter therein and not less than twenty-five years of age.Upon the expiration of each of the terms of office of the first commissioners, the term of office of each commissioner thereafter appointed shall be six years from the time of the commissioner's appointment and qualification and until his successor shall qualify.Vacancies in the commission shall be filled by the governor for the unexpired term.
386.150 - Commissioner's compensation — other employees' compensation, how fixed — reimbursement of expenses, when.
The annual salary of each commissioner shall be fifty-five hundred dollars plus any salary adjustment provided pursuant to section 105.055.The salary of the secretary to the commission and the salaries of all other commission employees shall be such as may from time to time be fixed by the commission.The commissioners and all employees of the commission shall have reimbursed to them all actual and necessary traveling and other expenses and disbursements incurred or made by them in the discharge of their official duties while away from their regular offices in the performance of such duties.
386.550 - Orders to be conclusive.
In all collateral actions or proceedings the orders and decisions of the commission which have become final shall be conclusive.
386.450 - Inspection of out of state records.
At the request of the public counsel and upon good cause shown by him the commission shall require or on its own initiative the commission may require, by order served upon any corporation, person or public utility in the manner provided herein for the service of orders, the production within this state at such time and place as it may designate, of any books, accounts, papers or records kept by said corporation, person or public utility in any office or place within or without this state, or, at its option, verified copies in lieu thereof, so that an examination thereof may be made by the public counsel when the order is issued at his request or by the commission or under its direction.
386.515 - Rehearing, procedure.
With respect to commission orders or decisions issued on and after July 1, 2011, an application for rehearing is required to be served on all parties and is a prerequisite to the filing of an appeal under section 386.510.The application for rehearing puts the parties to the proceeding before the commission on notice that an appeal can follow and any such review under the appeal may proceed provided that a copy of the notice of appeal is served on said parties.With respect to commission orders or decisions issued on and after July 1, 2011, the review procedure provided for in section 386.510 continues to be exclusive except that a copy of the notice of appeal required by section 386.510 shall be served on each party to the proceeding before the commission by the appellant according to the rules established by the court in which the appeal is filed.
386.315 - Commission shall not change terms of employment subject to collective bargaining or certain accounting standards — use of accounting standard by utility, requirements — tariff filing allowed, conditions — examination of tariffs, review period.
1.In establishing public utility rates, the commission shall not reduce or otherwise change any wage rate, benefit, working condition, or other term or condition of employment that is the subject of a collective bargaining agreement between the public utility and a labor organization.Additionally, the commission shall not disallow or refuse to recognize the actual level of expenses the utility is required by Financial Accounting Standard 106 to record for postretirement employee benefits for all the utility's employees, including retirees, if the assumptions and estimates used by a public utility in determining the Financial Accounting Standard 106 expenses have been reviewed and approved by the commission, and such review and approval shall be based on sound actuarial principles.
2.A public utility which uses Financial Accounting Standard 106 shall be required to use an independent external funding mechanism that restricts disbursements only for qualified retiree benefits.In no event shall any funds remaining in such funding mechanism revert to the utility after all qualified benefits have been paid; rather, the funding mechanism shall include terms which require all funds to be used for employee or retiree benefits.This section shall not in any manner be construed to limit the authority of the commission to set rates for any service rendered or to be rendered that are just and reasonable pursuant to sections 392.240, 393.140 and 393.150.
3.Any public utility which was the subject of a rate proceeding resulting in the issuance of a report and order subsequent to January 1, 1993, and prior to August 28, 1994, directing or permitting the establishment of new rates by such utility, may file one set of tariffs modifying its rates to reflect the revenue requirement associated with the utility's expenses for postretirement employee benefits other than pensions, as determined by Financial Accounting Standard 106, including the utility's transition benefit obligation, regardless of whether the deferral or immediate expense recognition method was used, if such utility is funding the full extent of its Financial Accounting Standard 106 obligation at the time such tariffs are filed.The tariffs shall reflect the annual level of expenses as determined in accordance with Financial Accounting Standard 106.The commission may suspend such tariffs for no longer than one hundred fifty days to examine the assumptions and estimates used and to review and approve the expenses required by Financial Accounting Standard 106, including an amortization of the transition benefit obligation over no greater amortization period than twenty years based upon sound actuarial principles, and to address any rate design issues associated with the utility's Financial Accounting Standard 106-based revenue requirement.The commission shall not examine any other revenue requirement issues.
386.240 - Powers of commission, how exercised.
The commission may authorize any person employed by it to do or perform any act, matter or thing which the commission is authorized by this chapter to do or perform; provided, that no order, rule or regulation of any person employed by the commission shall be binding on any public utility or any person unless expressly authorized or approved by the commission.
386.140 - Chairman — his powers.
The chairman of the commission shall designate from time to time, by order entered of record, some member of the commission to act as chairman during the absence or sickness of such chairman appointed by the governor, and during such time the commissioner so appointed shall possess all the powers of the regular chairman.No vacancy in the commission shall impair the right of the remaining commissioners to exercise all the powers of the commission.
386.040 - Commission established.
A "Public Service Commission" is hereby created and established, which said public service commission shall be vested with and possessed of the powers and duties in this chapter specified, and also all powers necessary or proper to enable it to carry out fully and effectually all the purposes of this chapter.
386.440 - Subpoenas, how issued — witness fees, how paid — subpoena service costs, how paid — certified copies of public records to be furnished to commission.
1.All subpoenas shall be signed and issued by a commissioner or by the secretary of the commission, and shall extend to all parts of the state, and may be served by any person authorized to serve process of courts of record or by any person of full age designated for that purpose by the commission or by a commissioner.The person executing any such process shall receive the fees now prescribed by law for similar services in civil cases in the circuit courts in this state, and shall be paid in the same manner as provided herein for the payment of the fees of the witnesses.Each witness who shall appear before the commission or a commissioner by its or his order, shall receive for his attendance the fees and mileage now provided for witnesses in civil cases in the circuit courts of this state, which shall be audited and paid by the state in the same manner as other expenses of the commission are audited and paid, upon the presentation of proper vouchers sworn to by such witnesses and approved by the commission.
2.Whenever a subpoena is issued at the instance of a complainant, respondent, or other party, except the public counsel to any proceeding before the commission, the cost of service thereof and the fee of the witness shall be borne by the party at whose instance the witness is summoned.Any witness subpoenaed except one whose fees and mileage may be paid from the funds of the commission may, at the time of service, demand the fee to which he is entitled for travel to and from the place at which he is required to appear, and one day's attendance.If such witness demands such fees at the time of service, and they are not at that time paid or tendered, he shall not be required to attend before the commission or commissioner, as directed in the subpoena.No witness furnished with free transportation shall receive mileage for the distance he may have traveled on such free transportation.
3.It shall be the duty of every public officer, without exacting or receiving charge or fee of any kind, to furnish to the commission, or the public counsel, upon application, a certified copy of any document or part thereof, on file in his office, and no public officer shall be entitled to receive from the commission or the public counsel any fee for entering, filing, docketing or recording any document required or authorized by law to be filed in his office.
4.Each witness who appears under subpoena before the commission or a commissioner at the instance of the public counsel shall receive for his attendance the fees and mileage now provided for witnesses in civil cases in the circuit courts of this state, which shall be audited and paid by the state in the same manner as other expenses of the public counsel are audited and paid, upon the presentation of proper vouchers sworn to by such witnesses and approved by the public counsel.
386.540 - Appeals from appellate court — transcript and exhibits — precedence over other civil cases.
1.The commission and any party, including the public counsel, who has participated in the court of appeals proceeding and is aggrieved by the opinion of the court may seek rehearing or transfer to the Missouri supreme court under rules established by the court.The original transcript of the record and testimony and exhibits, certified to by the commission and filed with the court of appeals shall constitute the record on appeal to the supreme court.
2.Where an appeal is taken to the supreme court, the cause shall, on the return of the papers to the supreme court, be immediately placed on the docket of the then-pending term by the clerk of the court and shall be assigned and brought to a hearing in the same manner as other causes on the then-pending term docket, but shall have precedence over all civil causes of a different nature pending in the court.
3.The general laws relating to appeals to the supreme court and the court of appeals in this state shall, so far as applicable and not in conflict with the provisions of this chapter, apply to appeals taken under the provisions of this chapter.
386.510 - Review by appellate court.
With respect to commission orders or decisions issued on and after July 1, 2011, within thirty days after the application for a rehearing is denied, or, if the application is granted, then within thirty days after the rendition of the decision on rehearing, the applicant may file a notice of appeal with the commission, which shall also be served on the parties to the commission proceeding in accordance with section 386.515, and which the commission shall forward to the appellate court with the territorial jurisdiction over the county where the hearing was held or in which the commission has its principal office for the purpose of having the reasonableness or lawfulness of the original order or decision or the order or decision on rehearing inquired into or determined.Except with respect to a stay or suspension pursuant to subsection 1 of section 386.520, no new or additional evidence may be introduced in the appellate court but the cause shall be heard by the court without the intervention of a jury on the evidence and exhibits introduced before the commission and certified to by it.The notice of appeal shall include the appellant's application for rehearing, a copy of the reconciliation required by subsection 4 of section 386.420, a concise statement of the issues being appealed, a full and complete list of the parties to the commission proceeding, and any other information specified by the rules of the court.Unless otherwise ordered by the court of appeals, the commission shall, within thirty days of the filing of the notice of appeal, certify its record in the case to the court of appeals.The commission and each party to the action or proceeding before the commission shall have the right to intervene and participate fully in the review proceedings.Upon the submission of the case to the court of appeals, the court of appeals shall render its opinion either affirming or setting aside, in whole or in part, the order or decision of the commission under review.In case the order or decision is reversed by reason of the commission failing to receive testimony properly proffered, the court shall remand the cause to the commission, with instructions to receive the testimony so proffered and rejected, and enter a new order or render a new decision based upon the evidence theretofore taken, and such as it is directed to receive.The court may, in its discretion, remand any cause which is reversed by it to the commission for further action.No court in this state, except the supreme court or the court of appeals, shall have jurisdiction or authority to review, reverse, correct or annul any order or decision of the commission or to suspend or delay the executing or operation thereof, or to enjoin, restrain or interfere with the commission in the performance of its official duties.The appellate courts of this state shall always be deemed open for the trial of suits brought to review the orders and decisions of the commission as provided in the public service commission law and the same shall where necessary be tried and determined as suits in equity.
386.410 - Commission to adopt rules of procedure, technical rules of evidence not to apply — proceedings to be informal.
1.All hearings before the commission or a commissioner shall be governed by rules to be adopted and prescribed by the commission.And in all investigations, inquiries or hearings the commission or commissioner shall not be bound by the technical rules of evidence.
2.No formality in any proceeding nor in the manner of taking testimony before the commission or any commissioner shall invalidate any order, decision, rule or regulation made, approved or confirmed by the commission.
386.610 - Substantial compliance with requirements of this chapter sufficient.
A substantial compliance with the requirements of this chapter shall be sufficient to give effect to all the rules, orders, acts and regulations of the commission, and they shall not be declared inoperative, illegal or void for any omission of a technical nature in respect thereto.The provisions of this chapter shall be liberally construed with a view to the public welfare, efficient facilities and substantial justice between patrons and public utilities.
386.710 - Powers of public counsel.
1.The public counsel shall have the following powers and duties:
(1)He shall employ a staff or hire on a contract basis such employees and experts as are necessary to carry out the purposes and responsibilities of his office, and shall set their compensation within the appropriation made for that purpose;
(2)He may represent and protect the interests of the public in any proceeding before or appeal from the public service commission;
(3)He shall have discretion to represent or refrain from representing the public in any proceeding.He shall consider in exercising his discretion the importance and the extent of the public interest involved and whether that interest would be adequately represented without the action of his office.If the public counsel determines that there are conflicting public interests involved in a particular matter, he may choose to represent one such interest based upon the considerations of this section, to represent no interest in that matter, or to represent one interest and certify to the director of the department of economic development that there is a significant public interest which he cannot represent without creating a conflict of interest and which will not be protected by any party to the proceeding.The director of the department shall select an attorney, to be paid from funds appropriated for this purpose, to represent that segment of the public certified to him by the public counsel as unrepresented.Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the right of any person, firm or corporation specified in subsection 1 of section 386.390 to petition or make complaint to the commission or otherwise intervene in proceedings or other matters before the commission.
2.The public counsel shall be served with all proposed tariffs, initial pleadings, and applications, in all proceedings before the public service commission, and shall be served with a copy of all orders of the commission.
3.Nothing in sections 386.071, 386.150, 386.155, 386.170, 386.200, 386.330, 386.360, 386.390, 386.400, 386.410, 386.420, 386.440, 386.450, 386.480, 386.500, 386.530, 386.540, 386.600, 386.700 and 386.710, shall be construed or interpreted to mean that the public counsel shall not have the right to appeal any and all orders of the public service commission to the courts which right of appeal exists and has existed since the time of transfer as provided in section 386.500.
4.He shall have all powers necessary or proper to carry out the duties specified in this section.
386.310 - Safety and health of public and employees — promulgation of rules — territorial rights, rules.
1.The commission shall have power, after a hearing had upon its own motion or upon complaint, by general or special orders, rules or regulations, or otherwise, to require every person, corporation, municipal gas system and public utility to maintain and operate its line, plant, system, equipment, apparatus, and premises in such manner as to promote and safeguard the health and safety of its employees, customers, and the public, and to this end to prescribe, among other things, the installation, use, maintenance and operation of appropriate safety and other devices or appliances, to establish uniform or other standards of equipment, and to require the performance of any other act which the health or safety of its employees, customers or the public may demand, including the power to minimize retail distribution electric line duplication for the sole purpose of providing for the safety of employees and the general public in those cases when, upon complaint, the commission finds that a proposed retail distribution electric line cannot be constructed in compliance with commission safety rules.The commission may waive the requirements for notice and hearing and provide for expeditious issuance of an order in any case in which the commission determines that the failure to do so would result in the likelihood of imminent threat of serious harm to life or property, provided that the commission shall include in such an order an opportunity for hearing as soon as practicable after the issuance of such order.
2.The commission shall not make any rule, regulation, decree or order with respect to allocation of territory or territorial rights among electric suppliers pursuant to sections 386.310 and 394.160.
3.For the purposes of gas pipeline safety regulation, the jurisdiction, supervision, powers and duties created and established by this chapter will extend to the following:
(1)Operators and owners of distribution systems where natural gas, excluding petroleum gas, is measured by a single meter and distributed to other users within a single structure or to multiple structures;
(2)Operators and owners of high pressure pipelines which are supplied, directly or indirectly, by an intrastate and interstate pipeline, where natural gas, excluding petroleum gas, is supplied to the owner or operator of the high pressure pipeline solely for consumption by the owner or operator;
(3)Intrastate natural gas facilities owned and operated by interstate natural gas pipeline companies serving direct sales customers would be subject to enforcement of federally mandated pipeline safety standards; and
(4)Operators and owners of gas plants where natural gas is supplied directly or indirectly, other than for consumption by and on the property of the supplier, to institutional buildings including, but not limited to, schools and hospitals.
386.210 - Conferences, limitation on communications — cooperative agreements, investigations authorized — funds may be received and distributed, how — regulatory and judicial proceedings, intervening permitted.
1.The commission may confer in person, or by correspondence, by attending conventions, or in any other way, with the members of the public, any public utility or similar commission of this and other states and the United States of America, or any official, agency or instrumentality thereof, on any matter relating to the performance of its duties.
2.Such communications may address any issue that at the time of such communication is not the subject of a case that has been filed with the commission.
3.Such communications may also address substantive or procedural matters that are the subject of a pending filing or case in which no evidentiary hearing has been scheduled, provided that the communication:
(1)Is made at a public agenda meeting of the commission where such matter has been posted in advance as an item for discussion or decision;
(2)Is made at a forum where representatives of the public utility affected thereby, the office of public counsel, and any other party to the case are present; or
(3)If made outside such agenda meeting or forum, is subsequently disclosed to the public utility, the office of the public counsel, and any other party to the case in accordance with the following procedure:
(a)If the communication is written, the person or party making the communication shall no later than the next business day following the communication file a copy of the written communication in the official case file of the pending filing or case and serve it upon all parties of record;
(b)If the communication is oral, the party making the oral communication shall no later than the next business day following the communication file a memorandum in the official case file of the pending case disclosing the communication and serve such memorandum on all parties of record.The memorandum must contain a summary of the substance of the communication and not merely a listing of the subjects covered.
4.Nothing in this section or any other provision of law shall be construed as imposing any limitation on the free exchange of ideas, views, and information between any person and the commission or any commissioner, provided that such communications relate to matters of general regulatory policy and do not address the merits of the specific facts, evidence, claims, or positions presented or taken in a pending case unless such communications comply with the provisions of subsection 3 of this section.
5.The commission and any commissioner may also advise any member of the general assembly or other governmental official of the issues or factual allegations that are the subject of a pending case, provided that the commission or commissioner does not express an opinion as to the merits of such issues or allegations, and may discuss in a public agenda meeting with parties to a case in which an evidentiary hearing has been scheduled, any procedural matter in such case or any matter relating to a unanimous stipulation or agreement resolving all of the issues in such case.
6.The commission may enter into and establish fair and equitable cooperative agreements or contracts with or act as an agent or licensee for the United States of America, or any official, agency or instrumentality thereof, or any public utility or similar commission of other states, that are proper, expedient, fair and equitable and in the interest of the state of Missouri and the citizens thereof, for the purpose of carrying out its duties pursuant to section 386.250 as limited and supplemented by section 386.030 and to that end the commission may receive and disburse any contributions, grants or other financial assistance as a result of or pursuant to such agreements or contracts.Any contributions, grants or other financial assistance so received shall be deposited in the public service commission utility fund or the state highway commission fund depending upon the purposes for which they are received.
7.The commission may make joint investigations, hold joint hearings within or without the state, and issue joint or concurrent orders in conjunction or concurrence with any railroad, public utility or similar commission, of other states or the United States of America, or any official, agency or any instrumentality thereof, except that in the holding of such investigations or hearings, or in the making of such orders, the commission shall function under agreements or contracts between states or under the concurrent power of states to regulate interstate commerce, or as an agent of the United States of America, or any official, agency or instrumentality thereof, or otherwise.
8.The commission may appear, participate, and intervene in any federal, state, or other administrative, regulatory, or judicial proceeding.This subsection applies to all proceedings now pending or commenced after August 28, 2013.
386.010 - Short title of law.
This chapter* shall be known as the "Public Service Commission Law", and shall apply to the public services herein described and the commission herein created, and to the public service corporations, persons and public utilities mentioned and referred to in this chapter.
386.110 - Oath of office — eligibility of commissioners and officers.
Each commissioner and each person appointed to office or employment by the governor or by the commission shall, before entering upon the duties of the commissioner's office or employment, take and subscribe to an oath or affirmation to support the Constitution of the United States and of this state, and to faithfully and honestly discharge the duties of such office.No person shall be eligible to appointment or shall hold the office of commissioner, or be appointed by the commission, or hold any office or position under the commission, who holds any official relation to any gas corporation, electrical corporation, telephone corporation, telegraph corporation, water corporation, heat and refrigerating corporation, sewer corporation, or other public service or public utility corporation or person subject to any of the provisions of this chapter, or who owns stocks or bonds therein, or who has any pecuniary interest therein.
386.145 - Records destroyed, when.
The chairman of the public service commission may destroy by burning, or otherwise dispose of as ordered by the public service commission, such records, financial statements and such public documents which shall at the time of destruction or disposal have been on file in the office of the public service commission for a period of five years or longer and which are determined by the public service commission to be obsolete or of no further public use or value, except such records and documents as may at the time be the subject of litigation or dispute.
386.800 - Municipally owned electrical supplier, services outside boundaries prohibited — exceptions — annexation — negotiations, territorial agreements, regulations, procedure — fair and reasonable compensation defined — assignment of sole service territories — commission jurisdiction.
1.No municipally owned electric utility may provide electric energy at retail to any structure located outside the municipality's corporate boundaries after July 11, 1991, unless:
(1)The structure was lawfully receiving permanent service from the municipally owned electric utility prior to July 11, 1991; or
(2)The service is provided pursuant to an approved territorial agreement under section 394.312;
(3)The service is provided pursuant to lawful municipal annexation and subject to the provisions of this section; or
(4)The structure is located in an area which was previously served by an electrical corporation regulated under chapter 386, and chapter 393, and the electrical corporation's authorized service territory was contiguous to or inclusive of the municipality's previous corporate boundaries, and the electrical corporation's ownership or operating rights within the area were acquired in total by the municipally owned electrical system prior to July 11, 1991.In the event that a municipally owned electric utility in a city with a population of more than one hundred twenty-five thousand located in a county of the first class not having a charter form of government and not adjacent to any other county of the first class desires to serve customers beyond the authorized service territory in an area which was previously served by an electrical corporation regulated under the provisions of chapter 386, and chapter 393, as provided in this subdivision, the municipally owned utility shall apply to the public service commission for an order assigning nonexclusive service territories.The proposed service area shall be contiguous to the authorized service territory which was previously served by an electrical corporation regulated under the provisions of chapter 386, and chapter 393, as a condition precedent to the granting of the application.The commission shall have one hundred twenty days from the date of application to grant or deny the requested order.The commission may grant the order upon a finding that granting of the applicant's request is not detrimental to the public interest.In granting the applicant's request the commission shall give due regard to territories previously granted to other electric suppliers.
2.Any municipally owned electric utility may extend, pursuant to lawful annexation, its service territory to include any structure located within a newly annexed area which has not received permanent service from another supplier within ninety days prior to the effective date of the annexation.
3.When a municipally owned electric utility desires to extend its service territory to include any structure located within a newly annexed area which has received permanent service from another supplier within ninety days prior to the effective date of the annexation, it shall:
(1)Notify by publication in a newspaper of general circulation the record owner of said structure, and notify in writing any affected electric supplier and the public service commission, within sixty days after the effective date of the annexation its desire to extend its service territory to include said structure; and
(2)Within six months after the effective date of the annexation receive the approval of the municipality's governing body to begin negotiations pursuant to section 394.312 with any affected electric supplier.
4.Upon receiving approval from the municipality's governing body pursuant to subsection 3 of this section, the municipally owned electric utility and the affected electric supplier shall meet and negotiate in good faith the terms of the territorial agreement and any transfers or acquisitions, including, as an alternative, granting the affected electric supplier a franchise or authority to continue providing service in the annexed area.In the event that the affected electric supplier does not provide wholesale electric power to the municipality, if the affected electric supplier so desires, the parties shall also negotiate, consistent with applicable law, regulations and existing power supply agreements, for power contracts which would provide for the purchase of power by the municipality from the affected electric supplier for an amount of power equivalent to the loss of any sales to customers receiving permanent service at structures within the annexed areas which are being sought by the municipally owned electric utility.The parties shall have no more than one hundred eighty days from the date of receiving approval from the municipality's governing body within which to conclude their negotiations and file their territorial agreement with the commission for approval under the provisions of section 394.312. The time period for negotiations allowed under this subsection may be extended for a period not to exceed one hundred eighty days by a mutual agreement of the parties and a written request with the public service commission.
5.For purposes of this section, the term "fair and reasonable compensation" shall mean the following:
(1)The present-day reproduction cost, new, of the properties and facilities serving the annexed areas, less depreciation computed on a straight-line basis; and
(2)An amount equal to the reasonable and prudent cost of detaching the facilities in the annexed areas and the reasonable and prudent cost of constructing any necessary facilities to reintegrate the system of the affected electric supplier outside the annexed area after detaching the portion to be transferred to the municipally owned electric utility; and
(3)Four hundred percent of gross revenues less gross receipts taxes received by the affected electric supplier from the twelve-month period preceding the approval of the municipality's governing body under the provisions of subdivision (2) of subsection 3 of this section, normalized to produce a representative usage from customers at the subject structures in the annexed area; and
(4)Any federal, state and local taxes which may be incurred as a result of the transaction, including the recapture of any deduction or credit; and
(5)Any other costs reasonably incurred by the affected electric supplier in connection with the transaction.
6.In the event the parties are unable to reach an agreement under subsection 4 of this section, within sixty days after the expiration of the time specified for negotiations, the municipally owned electric utility may apply to the commission for an order assigning exclusive service territories within the annexed area and a determination of the fair and reasonable compensation amount to be paid to the affected electric supplier under subsection 5 of this section.Applications shall be made and notice of such filing shall be given to all affected parties pursuant to the rules and regulations of the commission governing applications for certificates of public convenience and necessity.Unless otherwise ordered by the commission for good cause shown, the commission shall rule on such applications not later than one hundred twenty days after the application is properly filed with the secretary of the commission.The commission shall hold evidentiary hearings to assign service territory between affected electric suppliers inside the annexed area and to determine the amount of compensation due any affected electric supplier for the transfer of plant, facilities or associated lost revenues between electric suppliers in the annexed area.The commission shall make such determinations based on findings of what best serves the public interest and shall issue its decision by report and order.Review of such commission decisions shall be governed by sections 386.500 to 386.550.The payment of compensation and transfer of title and operation of the facilities shall occur within ninety days after the order and any appeal therefrom becomes final unless the order provides otherwise.
7.In reaching its decision under subsection 6 of this section, the commission shall consider the following factors:
(1)Whether the acquisition or transfers sought by the municipally owned electric utility within the annexed area from the affected electric supplier are, in total, in the public interest, including consideration of rate disparities between the competing electric suppliers and issues of unjust rate discrimination among customers of a single electric supplier if the rates to be charged in the annexed areas are lower than those charged to other system customers; and
(2)The fair and reasonable compensation to be paid by the municipally owned electric utility, to the affected electric supplier with existing system operations within the annexed area, for any proposed acquisitions or transfers; and
(3)Any effect on system operation, including, but not limited to, loss of load and loss of revenue; and
(4)Any other issues upon which the municipally owned electric utility and the affected electric supplier might otherwise agree, including, but not limited to, the valuation formulas and factors contained in subsections 4, 5 and 6, of this section, even if the parties could not voluntarily reach an agreement thereon under those subsections.
8.The commission is hereby given all necessary jurisdiction over municipally owned electric utilities and rural electric cooperatives to carry out the purposes of this section consistent with other applicable law; provided, however, the commission shall not have jurisdiction to compel the transfer of customers or structures with a connected load greater than one thousand kilowatts.The commission shall by rule set appropriate fees to be charged on a case-by-case basis to municipally owned electric utilities and rural electric cooperatives to cover all necessary costs incurred by the commission in carrying out its duties under this section.
386.400 - Utilities, corporations and persons may file complaint.
Any corporation, person or public utility shall have the right to complain on any of the grounds upon which complaints are allowed to be filed by other parties, and the same procedure shall be adopted and followed as in other cases, except that the complaint may be served upon any parties designated by the commission.
386.500 - Rehearing before commission.
1.After an order or decision has been made by the commission, the public counsel or any corporation or person or public utility interested therein shall have the right to apply for a rehearing in respect to any matter determined therein, and the commission shall grant and hold such rehearing, if in its judgment sufficient reason therefor be made to appear; if a rehearing shall be granted the same shall be determined by the commission within thirty days after the same shall be finally submitted.
2.No cause or action arising out of any order or decision of the commission shall accrue in any court to any corporation or the public counsel or person or public utility unless that party shall have made, before the effective date of such order or decision, application to the commission for a rehearing.Such application shall set forth specifically the ground or grounds on which the applicant considers said order or decision to be unlawful, unjust or unreasonable.The applicant shall not in any court urge or rely on any ground not so set forth in its application for rehearing.
3.An application for a rehearing shall not excuse any corporation or person or public utility from complying with or obeying any order or decision or any requirement of an order or decision of the commission, or operate in any manner to stay or postpone the enforcement thereof except as the commission may by order direct.
4.If, after a rehearing and a consideration of the facts, including those arising since the making of the order or decision, the commission shall be of the opinion that the original order or decision or any part thereof is in any respect unjust or unwarranted, or should be changed, the commission may abrogate, change or modify the same.An order made after any such rehearing, abrogating, changing or modifying the original order or decision shall have the same force and effect as an original order or decision but shall not affect any right or the enforcement of any right arising from or by virtue of the original order or decision.
386.700 - Public counsel authorized — qualifications — compensation, how fixed.
The director of the department of economic development shall appoint a public counsel to serve at the pleasure of the director of the department.The public counsel shall be an attorney at law licensed to practice law in this state and whose salary shall be fixed by the department director within the appropriation made therefor.
386.600 - Actions to recover penalties or forfeitures.
An action to recover a penalty or a forfeiture under this chapter or to enforce the powers of the commission under this or any other law may be brought in any circuit court in this state in the name of the state of Missouri and shall be commenced and prosecuted to final judgment by the general counsel to the commission.No filing or docket fee shall be required of the general counsel.In any such action all penalties and forfeitures incurred up to the time of commencing the same may be sued for and recovered therein, and the commencement of an action to recover a penalty or forfeiture shall not be, or be held to be, a waiver of the right to recover any other penalty or forfeiture; if the defendant in such action shall prove that during any portion of the time for which it is sought to recover penalties or forfeitures for a violation of an order or decision of the commission the defendant was actually and in good faith prosecuting a suit to review such order or decision in the manner as provided in this chapter, the court shall remit the penalties or forfeitures incurred during the pendency of such proceeding.All moneys recovered as a penalty or forfeiture shall be paid to the public school fund of the state.Any such action may be compromised or discontinued on application of the commission upon such terms as the court shall approve and order.
386.200 - Conflicts of interest by commissioner or employees of commission prohibited — penalty for violation — violation by utility, penalty — violation by officer of utility, penalty.
1.Every commissioner, the public counsel and every person employed or appointed to office, either by the commission or by the public counsel, is hereby forbidden and prohibited to solicit, suggest, request or recommend, directly or indirectly, to any public utility, corporation or person subject to the supervision of the commission, or to any officer, attorney, agent or employee thereof, the appointment of any person to any office, place, position or employment.And every such public utility, corporation and person, and every officer, attorney, agent and employee thereof, is hereby forbidden and prohibited to offer to any commissioner, the public counsel, or to any person employed by the commission or by the public counsel, any office, place, appointment or position, or to offer or give to any commissioner, to the public counsel, or to any person employed or appointed to office by the commission or by the public counsel, any free pass or transportation or any reduction in fare to which the public generally are not entitled or free carriage for property or any present, gift, entertainment or gratuity of any kind.
2.If any commissioner, the public counsel, or any person employed or appointed to office by the commission or the public counsel, shall violate any provision of this section he shall be removed from the office held by him.Every commissioner, the public counsel, and every person employed or appointed to office by the commission, or by the public counsel, shall be and be deemed to be a public officer.
3.If any public utility violates any provision of this section, it shall be liable to the state of Missouri in a civil action in any court of competent jurisdiction for the assessment of a civil penalty not to exceed twenty thousand dollars.The penalty provided in this subsection shall be in addition to any other penalty provided for violation of the provisions of this chapter.The attorney general shall bring the action authorized in this subsection.The action may be brought in any county where the defendant public utility's principal place of business is located or where the violation occurred, or where the public utility's registered agent is located.The penalty assessed under the provisions of this subsection shall be paid into the state treasury to the credit of general revenue.
4.Any officer, agent or employee of any public utility who violates any provision of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars, or by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
386.300 - Fees authorized — deposited, where, how.
1.The commission may adopt rules establishing charges for copies of papers and records, official documents and orders filed with the commission, certificates under seal, certified copies of the annual report of the commission, certified copies of evidence and proceedings taken before the commission, the transmission by electronic transmittal of papers, records, evidence and transcripts, diskettes and other documents or papers for which requests for copies are received.Fees charged for copies of papers and records shall comply with the provisions of section 610.026, RSMo Supp. 1993.
2.For certificate authorizing an issue of bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness, the commission shall charge one dollar for each thousand dollars of the face value of the authorized issue, or fraction thereof, up to one million dollars, and fifty cents for each one thousand dollars over one million dollars and up to ten million dollars, and twenty-five cents for each one thousand dollars over ten million dollars, with a minimum fee in any case of twenty-five dollars; provided, that no fee shall be charged when such issue is made for the purpose of guaranteeing, taking over, refunding, discharging or retiring any bond, note or other evidence of indebtedness up to the amount of the issue guaranteed, taken over, refunded, discharged or retired.
3.No fees shall be charged or collected for copies of papers, records or official documents furnished to public officers for use in their official capacity, or for the annual reports of the commission in the ordinary course of distribution, but the commission may fix reasonable charges for publications issued under its authority.All fees charged and collected under this section shall be paid, at least once each month, accompanied by a detailed statement thereof, to the state director of revenue.
4.All fees collected pursuant to subsection 1 of this section shall be deposited to the credit of the fund of the commission from which the expenses of furnishing the copies listed in subsection 1 of this section are paid and shall be used by the commission to offset such expenses.All fees collected pursuant to subsection 2 of this section shall be forwarded as provided by law for deposit in the state's general revenue fund.
386.371 - Taxes and costs paid by public utility on reclassification of personal property to real property, recoverable in service rates, when — commission's duties.
All taxes and costs of financing taxes which are paid subsequent to August 1, 1992, by a public utility, as defined in chapter 386, on real property in the rate base of the public utility caused by a reclassification of personal property to real property may be recoverable in the service rates of the public utility, and the public service commission shall utilize administrative remedies available to it under statute and previous commission orders to consider the recoverability of such tax rates.
386.071 - General counsel authorized, qualifications, duties.
The public service commission may appoint and fix the compensation of a general counsel to serve at the pleasure of the commission.He shall be an attorney at law and shall have resided in this state prior to his* appointment.It shall be the duty of the general counsel for the commission to represent and appear for the commission in all actions and proceedings involving any question under this or any other law, or under or in reference to any act, order, decision or proceeding of the commission, and if directed to do so by the commission, to intervene, if possible, in** any action or proceeding in which any such question is involved; to commence and prosecute in the name of the state all actions and proceedings, authorized by law and directed or authorized by the commission, and to expedite in every way possible, to final determination all such actions and proceedings; to advise the commission and each commissioner, when so requested, in regard to all matters in connection with the powers and duties of the commission and the members thereof, and generally to perform all duties and services as attorney and counsel to the commission which the commission may reasonably require of him.
386.420 - Persons entitled to be heard — commission to make report, when — depositions authorized — may enforce attendance at hearings — record of proceedings to be kept — detailed reconciliation required, when.
1.At the time fixed for any hearing before the commission or a commissioner, or the time to which the same may have been continued, the complainant, the public counsel and the corporation, person or public utility complained of, and such corporations and persons as the commission may allow to intervene, shall be entitled to be heard and to introduce evidence.The commission shall issue process to enforce the attendance of all necessary witnesses.
2.Whenever an investigation shall be made by the commission, it shall be its duty, to make a report in writing in respect thereto, which shall state the conclusions of the commission, together with its decision, order or requirement in the premises.The commission or any commissioner or any party may, in any investigation or hearing before the commission, cause the deposition of witnesses residing within or without the state to be taken in the manner prescribed by law for like depositions in civil actions in the circuit courts of this state and to that end may compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of books, waybills, documents, papers, memoranda and accounts.Witnesses whose depositions are taken as provided in this section and the officer taking the same shall severally be entitled to the same fees as are paid for like services in the circuit courts of this state.
3.If an order cannot, in the judgment of the commission, be complied with within thirty days, the commission may grant and prescribe such additional time as in its judgment is reasonably necessary to comply with the order, and may, on application and for good cause shown, extend the time for compliance fixed in its order.
4.A full and complete record shall be made of all proceedings before the commission or any commissioner on any formal hearing had, and all testimony shall be taken down by a reporter appointed by the commission, and the parties shall be entitled to be heard in person or by attorney.Preparation of a printed transcript may be waived by unanimous consent of all the parties.In case of an action to review any order or decision of the commission, a transcript of such testimony, together with all exhibits or copies thereof introduced and all information secured by the commission on its own initiative and considered by it in rendering its order or decision, and of the pleadings, record and proceedings in the cause, shall constitute the record of the commission; provided, that on review of an order or decision of the commission, the appellant and the commission may stipulate that a certain question or questions alone and a specified portion only of the evidence shall be certified to the reviewing court for its judgment, whereupon such stipulation and the question or questions and the evidence therein specified shall constitute the record on review.In any proceeding resulting in the establishment of new rates for a public utility that is not classified as a price-cap or competitive company, the commission shall cause to be prepared, with the assistance of the parties to such proceeding, and shall approve, after allowing the parties a reasonable opportunity to provide written input, a detailed reconciliation containing the dollar value and rate or charge impact of each contested issue decided by the commission, and the customer class billing determinants used by the commission to calculate the rates and charges approved by the commission in such proceeding.Such information shall be sufficient to permit a reviewing court and the commission on remand from a reviewing court to determine how the public utility's rates and charges, including the rates and charges for each customer class, would need to be temporarily and, if applicable, permanently adjusted to provide customers or the public utility with any monetary relief that may be due in accordance with the procedures set forth in section 386.520.In the event there is any dispute over the value of a particular issue or the correctness of a billing determinant, the commission shall also include in the reconciliation a quantification of the dollar value and rate or charge impact associated with the dispute.
386.520 - Appeal, pendency of, staying or suspending operation, when.
1.The pendency of an appeal under section 386.510 shall not of itself stay or suspend the operation of the order or decision of the commission, but with respect to commission orders or decisions issued on and after July 1, 2011, that do not involve the establishment of new rates and charges for a public utility, the appellate court may in its discretion, or upon the recommendation of a special master appointed for such purpose, and after the posting of an appropriate appeal bond, stay or suspend the operation of the order or decision of the commission, in whole or in part, if in its discretion it determines that great or irreparable damage would otherwise result to the appellant.
2.With respect to orders or decisions issued on and after July 1, 2011, that involve the establishment of new rates or charges for public utilities that are not classified as price-cap or competitive companies, there shall be no stay or suspension of the commission's order or decision, however:
(1)In the event a final and unappealable judicial decision determines that a commission order or decision unlawfully or unreasonably decided an issue or issues in a manner affecting rates, then the court shall instruct the commission to provide temporary rate adjustments and, if new rates and charges have not been approved by the commission before the judicial decision becomes final and unappealable, prospective rate adjustments.Such adjustments shall be calculated based on the record evidence in the proceeding under review and the information contained in the reconciliation and billing determinants provided by the commission under subsection 4 of section 386.420 and in accordance with the procedures set forth in subdivisions (2) to (5) of this subsection;
(2)If the effect of the unlawful or unreasonable commission decision issued on or after July 1, 2011, was to increase the public utility's rates and charges in excess of what the public utility would have received had the commission not erred or to decrease the public utility's rates and charges in a lesser amount than would have occurred had the commission not erred, then the commission shall be instructed on remand to approve temporary rate adjustments designed to flow through to the public utility's then-existing customers the excess amounts that were collected by the utility plus interest at the higher of the prime bank lending rate minus two percentage points or zero.Such amounts shall be calculated for the period commencing with the date the rate increase or decrease took effect until the earlier of the date when new rates and charges consistent with the court's opinion became effective or when new rates or charges otherwise approved by the commission as a result of a general rate case filing or complaint became effective.Such amounts shall then be reflected as a rate adjustment over a like period of time.The commission shall issue its order on remand within sixty days unless the commission determines that additional time is necessary to properly calculate the temporary or any prospective rate adjustment, in which case the commission shall issue its order within one hundred * twenty days;
(3)If the effect of the unlawful or unreasonable commission decision was to increase the public utility's rates and charges by a lesser amount than what the public utility would have received had the commission not erred or to decrease the public utility's rates and charges in a greater amount than would have occurred had the commission not erred, then the commission shall be instructed on remand to approve temporary rate adjustments designed to allow the public utility to recover from its then-existing customers the amounts it should have collected plus interest at the higher of the prime bank lending rate minus two percentage points or zero.Such amounts shall be calculated for the period commencing with the date the rate increase or decrease took effect until the earlier of the date when new permanent rates and charges consistent with the court's opinion became effective or when new permanent rates or charges otherwise approved by the commission as a result of a general rate case filing or complaint became effective.Such amounts shall then be reflected as a rate adjustment over a like period of time.The commission shall issue its order on remand within sixty days unless the commission determines that additional time is necessary to properly calculate the temporary or any prospective rate adjustment, in which case the commission shall issue its order within one hundred * twenty days;
(4)If the effect of the unlawful or unreasonable commission decision was to allocate too much of a rate increase or too little of a rate decrease to a customer class or classes, then the commission shall be instructed on remand to approve temporary rate adjustments for each customer class as necessary to ensure that each customer class is charged the amounts that would have been charged had the commission not erred.Such amounts shall be calculated for the period commencing with the date the rate increase or decrease took effect until the earlier of the date when new rates and charges consistent with the court's opinion became effective or when new rates or charges otherwise approved by the commission as a result of a general rate case filing or complaint became effective.Such amounts shall then be reflected as a rate adjustment over a like period of time.The commission shall issue its order on remand within sixty days unless the commission determines that additional time is necessary to properly calculate the temporary or any prospective rate adjustment, in which case the commission shall issue its order within one hundred * twenty days;
(5)On and after July 1, 2011, no action affecting the public utility's collection of rates and charges shall be taken in cases where the court cannot make a determination on the merits because the commission failed to include adequate findings of fact to support the commission's decision or failed to receive evidence properly proffered, provided that the commission shall provide such findings of fact or otherwise issue a new order within ninety days of the date of the court's mandate.If such new order is appealed, the period for measuring amounts subject to temporary rate adjustments process set forth in subdivisions (1) to (4) of this subsection shall commence beginning with the date the rate increase or decrease took effect.
386.120 - Office of commission, hours — meetings — official seal — equipment, supplies — commissioners to reside where — service upon commission, what constitutes, how made.
1.The principal office of the commission shall be at the state capital at the city of Jefferson City.The office required by this subsection shall be provided and assigned by the board of public buildings.
2.The commission shall at all times, except Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays, be open and in session for the transaction of business and the commissioners shall devote their entire time to the duties of their office.
3.The commission shall have an official seal bearing the following inscription:"Public Service Commission of the State of Missouri".The seal shall be affixed to all writs and authentications of copies of records and to such other instruments as the commission shall direct.All courts shall take judicial notice of such seal.
4.The commission may sue and be sued in its official name.The offices of said commission shall be supplied with all necessary books, maps, charts, stationery, office furniture, telephone and telegraph connections, and all other necessary appliances and incidentals, to be paid for in the same manner as other expenses authorized by this chapter.
5.The offices of the commission shall be open during business hours on all days except Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays, and one or more responsible persons, designated by the commission or by the secretary, under the direction of the commission, shall be on duty at all times, in immediate charge thereof.
6.Any summons or other writ issued by any court of this state or of the federal government shall be served upon the secretary of the commission or on any commissioner at the principal office of the commission in Jefferson City.Service of any summons or other writ upon the secretary of the commission, or upon any single commissioner, shall constitute service upon the entire commission.
386.020 - Definitions.
As used in this chapter, the following words and phrases mean:
(1)"Alternative local exchange telecommunications company", a local exchange telecommunications company certified by the commission to provide basic or nonbasic local telecommunications service or switched exchange access service, or any combination of such services, in a specific geographic area subsequent to December 31, 1995;
(2)"Alternative operator services company", any certificated interexchange telecommunications company which receives more than forty percent of its annual Missouri intrastate telecommunications service revenues from the provision of operator services pursuant to operator services contracts with traffic aggregators;
(3)"Basic interexchange telecommunications service" includes, at a minimum, two-way switched voice service between points in different local calling scopes as determined by the commission and shall include other services as determined by the commission by rule upon periodic review and update;
(4)"Basic local telecommunications service", two-way switched voice service within a local calling scope as determined by the commission comprised of any of the following services and their recurring and nonrecurring charges:
(a)Multiparty, single line, including installation, touchtone dialing, and any applicable mileage or zone charges;
(b)Assistance programs for installation of, or access to, basic local telecommunications services for qualifying economically disadvantaged or disabled customers or both, including, but not limited to, lifeline services and link-up Missouri services for low-income customers or dual-party relay service for the hearing impaired and speech impaired;
(c)Access to local emergency services including, but not limited to, 911 service established by local authorities;
(d)Access to basic local operator services;
(e)Access to basic local directory assistance;
(f)Standard intercept service;
(g)Equal access to interexchange carriers consistent with rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission;
(h)One standard white pages directory listing.
Basic local telecommunications service does not include optional toll-free calling outside a local calling scope but within a community of interest, available for an additional monthly fee or the offering or provision of basic local telecommunications service at private shared-tenant service locations;
(5)"Cable television service", the one-way transmission to subscribers of video programming or other programming service and the subscriber interaction, if any, which is required for the selection of such video programming or other programming service;
(6)"Carrier of last resort", any telecommunications company which is obligated to offer basic local telecommunications service to all customers who request service in a geographic area defined by the commission and cannot abandon this obligation without approval from the commission;
(7)"Commission", the "Public Service Commission" hereby created;
(8)"Commissioner", one of the members of the commission;
(9)"Competitive telecommunications company", a telecommunications company which has been classified as such by the commission pursuant to section 392.245 or 392.361;
(10)"Competitive telecommunications service", a telecommunications service which has been classified as such by the commission pursuant to section 392.245 or to section 392.361, or which has become a competitive telecommunications service pursuant to section 392.370;
(11)"Corporation" includes a corporation, company, association and joint stock association or company;
(12)"Customer-owned pay telephone", a privately owned telecommunications device that is not owned, leased or otherwise controlled by a local exchange telecommunications company and which provides telecommunications services for a use fee to the general public;
(13)"Effective competition" shall be determined by the commission based on:
(a)The extent to which services are available from alternative providers in the relevant market;
(b)The extent to which the services of alternative providers are functionally equivalent or substitutable at comparable rates, terms and conditions;
(c)The extent to which the purposes and policies of chapter 392, including the reasonableness of rates, as set out in section 392.185, are being advanced;
(d)Existing economic or regulatory barriers to entry; and
(e)Any other factors deemed relevant by the commission and necessary to implement the purposes and policies of chapter 392;
(14)"Electric plant" includes all real estate, fixtures and personal property operated, controlled, owned, used or to be used for or in connection with or to facilitate the generation, transmission, distribution, sale or furnishing of electricity for light, heat or power; and any conduits, ducts or other devices, materials, apparatus or property for containing, holding or carrying conductors used or to be used for the transmission of electricity for light, heat or power;
(15)"Electrical corporation" includes every corporation, company, association, joint stock company or association, partnership and person, their lessees, trustees or receivers appointed by any court whatsoever, other than a railroad, light rail or street railroad corporation generating electricity solely for railroad, light rail or street railroad purposes or for the use of its tenants and not for sale to others, owning, operating, controlling or managing any electric plant except where electricity is generated or distributed by the producer solely on or through private property for railroad, light rail or street railroad purposes or for its own use or the use of its tenants and not for sale to others;
(16)"Exchange", a geographical area for the administration of telecommunications services, established and described by the tariff of a telecommunications company providing basic local telecommunications service;
(17)"Exchange access service", a service provided by a local exchange telecommunications company which enables a telecommunications company or other customer to enter and exit the local exchange telecommunications network in order to originate or terminate interexchange telecommunications service;
(18)"Gas corporation" includes every corporation, company, association, joint stock company or association, partnership and person, their lessees, trustees or receivers appointed by any court whatsoever, owning, operating, controlling or managing any gas plant operating for public use under privilege, license or franchise now or hereafter granted by the state or any political subdivision, county or municipality thereof;
(19)"Gas plant" includes all real estate, fixtures and personal property owned, operated, controlled, used or to be used for or in connection with or to facilitate the manufacture, distribution, sale or furnishing of gas, natural or manufactured, for light, heat or power;
(20)"Heating company" includes every corporation, company, association, joint stock company or association, partnership and person, their lessees, trustees or receivers, appointed by any court whatsoever, owning, operating, managing or controlling any plant or property for manufacturing and distributing and selling, for distribution, or distributing hot or cold water, steam or currents of hot or cold air for motive power, heating, cooking, or for any public use or service, in any city, town or village in this state; provided, that no agency or authority created by or operated pursuant to an interstate compact established pursuant to section 70.370 shall be a heating company or subject to regulation by the commission;
(21)"High-cost area", a geographic area, which shall follow exchange boundaries and be no smaller than an exchange nor larger than a local calling scope, where the cost of providing basic local telecommunications service as determined by the commission, giving due regard to recovery of an appropriate share of joint and common costs as well as those costs related to carrier of last resort obligations, exceeds the rate for basic local telecommunications service found reasonable by the commission;
(22)"Incumbent local exchange telecommunications company", a local exchange telecommunications company authorized to provide basic local telecommunications service in a specific geographic area as of December 31, 1995, or a successor in interest to such a company;
(23)"Interconnected voice over internet protocol service", service that:
(a)Enables real-time, two-way voice communications;
(b)Requires a broadband connection from the user's location;
(c)Requires internet protocol-compatible customer premises equipment; and
(d)Permits users generally to receive calls that originate on the public switched telephone network and to terminate calls to the public switched telephone network;
(24)"Interexchange telecommunications company", any company engaged in the provision of interexchange telecommunications service;
(25)"Interexchange telecommunications service", telecommunications service between points in two or more exchanges;
(26)"InterLATA", interexchange telecommunications service between points in different local access and transportation areas;
(27)"IntraLATA", interexchange telecommunications service between points within the same local access and transportation area;
(28)"Light rail" includes every rail transportation system in which one or more rail vehicles are propelled electrically by overhead catenary wire upon tracks located substantially within an urban area and are operated exclusively in the transportation of passengers and their baggage, and including all bridges, tunnels, equipment, switches, spurs, tracks, stations, used in connection with the operation of light rail;
(29)"Line" includes route;
(30)"Local access and transportation area" or "LATA", contiguous geographic area approved by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in United States v. Western Electric, Civil Action No. 82-0192 that defines the permissible areas of operations for the Bell Operating companies;
(31)"Local exchange telecommunications company", any company engaged in the provision of local exchange telecommunications service.A local exchange telecommunications company shall be considered a "large local exchange telecommunications company" if it has at least one hundred thousand access lines in Missouri and a "small local exchange telecommunications company" if it has less than one hundred thousand access lines in Missouri;
(32)"Local exchange telecommunications service", telecommunications service between points within an exchange;
(33)"Long-run incremental cost", the change in total costs of the company of producing an increment of output in the long run when the company uses least cost technology, and excluding any costs that, in the long run, are not brought into existence as a direct result of the increment of output.The relevant increment of output shall be the level of output necessary to satisfy total current demand levels for the service in question, or, for new services, demand levels that can be demonstrably anticipated;
(34)"Municipality" includes a city, village or town;
(35)"Nonbasic telecommunications services" shall be all regulated telecommunications services other than basic local and exchange access telecommunications services, and shall include the services identified in paragraphs (d) and (e) of subdivision (4) of this section.Any retail telecommunications service offered for the first time after August 28, 1996, shall be classified as a nonbasic telecommunications service, including any new service which does not replace an existing service;
(36)"Noncompetitive telecommunications company", a telecommunications company other than a competitive telecommunications company or a transitionally competitive telecommunications company;
(37)"Noncompetitive telecommunications service", a telecommunications service other than a competitive or transitionally competitive telecommunications service;
(38)"Operator services", operator-assisted interexchange telecommunications service by means of either human or automated call intervention and includes, but is not limited to, billing or completion of calling card, collect, person-to-person, station-to-station or third number billed calls;
(39)"Operator services contract", any agreement between a traffic aggregator and a certificated interexchange telecommunications company to provide operator services at a traffic aggregator location;
(40)"Person" includes an individual, and a firm or copartnership;
(41)"Private shared tenant services" includes the provision of telecommunications and information management services and equipment within a user group located in discrete private premises as authorized by the commission by a commercial-shared services provider or by a user association, through privately owned customer premises equipment and associated data processing and information management services and includes the provision of connections to the facilities of local exchange telecommunications companies and to interexchange telecommunications companies;
(42)"Private telecommunications system", a telecommunications system controlled by a person or corporation for the sole and exclusive use of such person, corporation or legal or corporate affiliate thereof;
(43)"Public utility" includes every pipeline corporation, gas corporation, electrical corporation, telecommunications company, water corporation, heat or refrigerating corporation, and sewer corporation, as these terms are defined in this section, and each thereof is hereby declared to be a public utility and to be subject to the jurisdiction, control and regulation of the commission and to the provisions of this chapter;
(44)"Railroad" includes every railroad and railway, other than street railroad or light rail, by whatsoever power operated for public use in the conveyance of persons or property for compensation, with all bridges, ferries, tunnels, equipment, switches, spurs, tracks, stations, real estate and terminal facilities of every kind used, operated, controlled or owned by or in connection with any such railroad;
(45)"Railroad corporation" includes every corporation, company, association, joint stock company or association, partnership and person, their lessees, trustees or receivers appointed by any court whatsoever, owning, holding, operating, controlling or managing any railroad or railway as defined in this section, or any cars or other equipment used thereon or in connection therewith;
(46)"Rate", every individual or joint rate, fare, toll, charge, reconsigning charge, switching charge, rental or other compensation of any corporation, person or public utility, or any two or more such individual or joint rates, fares, tolls, charges, reconsigning charges, switching charges, rentals or other compensations of any corporation, person or public utility or any schedule or tariff thereof;
(47)"Resale of telecommunications service", the offering or providing of telecommunications service primarily through the use of services or facilities owned or provided by a separate telecommunications company, but does not include the offering or providing of private shared tenant services;
(48)"Service" includes not only the use and accommodations afforded consumers or patrons, but also any product or commodity furnished by any corporation, person or public utility and the plant, equipment, apparatus, appliances, property and facilities employed by any corporation, person or public utility in performing any service or in furnishing any product or commodity and devoted to the public purposes of such corporation, person or public utility, and to the use and accommodation of consumers or patrons;
(49)"Sewer corporation" includes every corporation, company, association, joint stock company or association, partnership or person, their lessees, trustees or receivers appointed by any court, owning, operating, controlling or managing any sewer system, plant or property, for the collection, carriage, treatment, or disposal of sewage anywhere within the state for gain, except that the term shall not include sewer systems with fewer than twenty-five outlets;
(50)"Sewer system" includes all pipes, pumps, canals, lagoons, plants, structures and appliances, and all other real estate, fixtures and personal property, owned, operated, controlled or managed in connection with or to facilitate the collection, carriage, treatment and disposal of sewage for municipal, domestic or other beneficial or necessary purpose;
(51)"Street railroad" includes every railroad by whatsoever type of power operated, and all extensions and branches thereof and supplementary facilities thereto by whatsoever type of vehicle operated, for public use in the conveyance of persons or property for compensation, mainly providing local transportation service upon the streets, highways and public places in a municipality, or in and adjacent to a municipality, and including all cars, buses and other rolling stock, equipment, switches, spurs, tracks, poles, wires, conduits, cables, subways, tunnels, stations, terminals and real estate of every kind used, operated or owned in connection therewith but this term shall not include light rail as defined in this section; and the term "street railroad" when used in this chapter shall also include all motor bus and trolley bus lines and routes and similar local transportation facilities, and the rolling stock and other equipment thereof and the appurtenances thereto, when operated as a part of a street railroad or trolley bus local transportation system, or in conjunction therewith or supplementary thereto, but such term shall not include a railroad constituting or used as part of a trunk line railroad system and any street railroad as defined above which shall be converted wholly to motor bus operation shall nevertheless continue to be included within the term street railroad as used herein;
(52)"Telecommunications company" includes telephone corporations as that term is used in the statutes of this state and every corporation, company, association, joint stock company or association, partnership and person, their lessees, trustees or receivers appointed by any court whatsoever, owning, operating, controlling or managing any facilities used to provide telecommunications service for hire, sale or resale within this state;
(53)"Telecommunications facilities" includes lines, conduits, ducts, poles, wires, cables, crossarms, receivers, transmitters, instruments, machines, appliances and all devices, real estate, easements, apparatus, property and routes used, operated, controlled or owned by any telecommunications company to facilitate the provision of telecommunications service;
(54)"Telecommunications service", the transmission of information by wire, radio, optical cable, electronic impulses, or other similar means.As used in this definition, "information" means knowledge or intelligence represented by any form of writing, signs, signals, pictures, sounds, or any other symbols.Telecommunications service does not include:
(a)The rent, sale, lease, or exchange for other value received of customer premises equipment except for customer premises equipment owned by a telephone company certificated or otherwise authorized to provide telephone service prior to September 28, 1987, and provided under tariff or in inventory on January 1, 1983, which must be detariffed no later than December 31, 1987, and thereafter the provision of which shall not be a telecommunications service, and except for customer premises equipment owned or provided by a telecommunications company and used for answering 911 or emergency calls;
(b)Answering services and paging services;
(c)The offering of radio communication services and facilities when such services and facilities are provided under a license granted by the Federal Communications Commission under the commercial mobile radio services rules and regulations;
(d)Services provided by a hospital, hotel, motel, or other similar business whose principal service is the provision of temporary lodging through the owning or operating of message switching or billing equipment solely for the purpose of providing at a charge telecommunications services to its temporary patients or guests;
(e)Services provided by a private telecommunications system;
(f)Cable television service;
(g)The installation and maintenance of inside wire within a customer's premises;
(h)Electronic publishing services;
(i)Services provided pursuant to a broadcast radio or television license issued by the Federal Communications Commission; or
(j)Interconnected voice over internet protocol service;
(55)"Telephone cooperative", every corporation defined as a telecommunications company in this section, in which at least ninety percent of those persons and corporations subscribing to receive local telecommunications service from the corporation own at least ninety percent of the corporation's outstanding and issued capital stock and in which no subscriber owns more than two shares of the corporation's outstanding and issued capital stock;
(56)"Traffic aggregator", any person, firm, partnership or corporation which furnishes a telephone for use by the public and includes, but is not limited to, telephones located in rooms, offices and similar locations in hotels, motels, hospitals, colleges, universities, airports and public or customer-owned pay telephone locations, whether or not coin operated;
(57)"Transitionally competitive telecommunications company", an interexchange telecommunications company which provides any noncompetitive or transitionally competitive telecommunications service, except for an interexchange telecommunications company which provides only noncompetitive telecommunications service;
(58)"Transitionally competitive telecommunications service", a telecommunications service offered by a noncompetitive or transitionally competitive telecommunications company and classified as transitionally competitive by the commission pursuant to section 392.361 or 392.370;
(59)"Water corporation" includes every corporation, company, association, joint stock company or association, partnership and person, their lessees, trustees, or receivers appointed by any court whatsoever, owning, operating, controlling or managing any plant or property, dam or water supply, canal, or power station, distributing or selling for distribution, or selling or supplying for gain any water;
(60)"Water system" includes all reservoirs, tunnels, shafts, dams, dikes, headgates, pipes, flumes, canals, structures and appliances, and all other real estate, fixtures and personal property, owned, operated, controlled or managed in connection with or to facilitate the diversion, development, storage, supply, distribution, sale, furnishing or carriage of water for municipal, domestic or other beneficial use.
386.320 - General supervision of telegraph and telephone corporations.
1.The commission shall have the general supervision of all telegraph corporations or telephone corporations, and telegraph and telephone lines, as herein defined, and shall have power to and shall examine the same and keep informed as to their general condition, their capitalization, their franchises and the manner in which their lines and property, owned, leased, controlled or operated are managed, conducted and operated, not only with respect to the adequacy, security and accommodation afforded by their service, but also with respect to their compliance with all the provisions of law, orders and decisions of the commission and charter and franchise requirements.
2.The commission shall have power, either through its members or responsible engineers or inspectors or employees duly authorized by it, to enter in and upon and to inspect the property, equipment, buildings, plants, factories, powerhouses, offices, apparatus, machines, devices and lines of any of such corporations or persons.
3.The commission and each commissioner shall have power to examine all books, contracts, records, documents and papers of any person or corporation subject to its supervision, and by subpoena duces tecum to compel production thereof.In lieu of requiring production of originals by subpoena duces tecum, the commission or any commissioner may require sworn copies of any such books, records, documents, contracts and papers or parts thereof to be filed with it.
386.530 - Priority over other civil cases in court actions granted.
All actions or proceedings under this or any other chapter, and all actions and proceedings commenced or prosecuted by order of the commission, and all actions and proceedings to which the commission, the public counsel or the state may be parties, and in which any question arises under this or any other chapter, or under or concerning any order or decision or action of the commission, shall be preferred over all other civil causes except election contests in all the appellate courts of the state of Missouri, and shall be heard and determined in preference to all other civil business pending therein except election contests, irrespective of position on the calendar.The same preference shall be granted upon application of the public counsel or the commission counsel in any action or proceeding in which either or both may be allowed to intervene.
386.430 - Burden of proof on adverse party.
In all trials, actions, suits and proceedings arising under the provisions of this chapter or growing out of the exercise of the authority and powers granted herein to the commission, the burden of proof shall be upon the party adverse to such commission or seeking to set aside any determination, requirement, direction or order of said commission, to show by clear and satisfactory evidence that the determination, requirement, direction or order of the commission complained of is unreasonable or unlawful as the case may be.
386.030 - Chapter not applicable to interstate commerce.
Neither this chapter, nor any provision of this chapter, except when specifically so stated, shall apply to or be construed to apply to commerce with foreign nations or commerce among the several states of this union, except insofar as the same may be permitted under the provisions of the Constitution of the United States and the acts of Congress.
386.130 - Organization of commission — quorum — powers of a commissioner.
The commission shall promptly and duly organize. A majority of the commissioners shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of any business, for the performance of any duty or for the exercise of any power of the commission, and may hold meetings of the commission at any time or place within the state.Any investigation, inquiry or hearing which the commission has power to undertake or to hold may be undertaken or held by or before any commissioner.All investigations, inquiries, hearings and decisions of a commissioner shall be and be deemed to be the investigations, inquiries, hearings and decisions of the commission, and every order and decision made by a commissioner, when approved and confirmed by the commission and ordered filed in its office, shall be and be deemed to be the order of the commission.
386.330 - Investigatory power of commission, exception, telephone yellow page listings — complaint by public, how made — final order to be made, when.
1.The commission may, of its own motion, investigate or make inquiry, in a manner to be determined by it, as to any act or thing done or omitted to be done by any telecommunications company subject to its supervision, and the commission shall make such inquiry in regard to any act or thing done or omitted to be done by any such public utility, person or corporation in violation of any provision of law or in violation of any order or decision of the commission.
2.Complaints may be made to the commission by the public counsel or any person or corporation aggrieved, by petition or complaint, in writing, setting forth any thing or act done or omitted to be done by any telecommunications company in violation, or claimed to be in violation, of any provision of law or of the terms and conditions of its franchise or charter or of any order or decision of the commission.Upon the presentation of such a complaint the commission shall cause a copy thereof to be forwarded to the public utility, person or corporation complained of, which may be accompanied by an order, directed to such public utility, person or corporation, requiring that the matters complained of be satisfied, or that the charges be answered in writing within a time to be specified by the commission.If the public utility, person or corporation complained of shall make reparation for any injury alleged and shall cease to commit, or to permit, the violation of law, franchise, order or decision charged in the complaint, and shall notify the commission of that fact before the time allowed for answer, the commission need take no further action on the charges.If, however, the charges contained in such petition be not thus satisfied, and it shall appear to the commission that there are reasonable grounds therefor, it shall investigate such charges in such manner and by such means as it shall deem proper, and take such action within its powers as the facts justify.
3.Whenever the commission shall investigate any matter complained of by the public counsel or by any person or corporation aggrieved by any act or omission of a telecommunications company under this section, it shall be its duty, within sixty days after final submission, to make and file an order either dismissing the petition or complaint or directing the public utility, person or corporation complained of to satisfy the cause of complaint in whole or to the extent which the commission may specify and require.
4.Notwithstanding the power of the commission over telecommunications companies, the commission shall not have jurisdiction over complaints concerning yellow page listings and advertisements; however, this subsection shall not be construed in any manner to limit the commission's authority in the ratemaking process to impute to the telecommunications company the revenues and costs of the telecommunications company's parent corporation, affiliated corporations, subsidiary corporations or divisions to the extent that those revenues and costs are associated with yellow page listings or advertisements in the state of Missouri.The commission shall not have jurisdiction over complaints concerning the rates charged by a telephone cooperative for providing telecommunications service within an exchange or within a local calling scope as determined by the commission, except the rates for providing exchange access service.
386.230 - Act as arbitrators.
Whenever any public utility has a controversy with another public utility or person and all the parties to such controversy agree in writing to submit such controversy to the commission as arbitrators, the commission shall act as such arbitrators, and after due notice to all parties interested shall proceed to hear such controversy, and their award shall be final. Parties may appear in person or by attorney before such arbitrators.
386.890 - Citation of law — definitions — retail electric suppliers, duties — metering equipment requirements — electrical energy generation units, calculation, requirements — report — rules — liability for damages.
1.This section shall be known and may be cited as the "Net Metering and Easy Connection Act".
2.As used in this section, the following terms shall mean:
(1)"Avoided fuel cost", the current average cost of fuel for the entity generating electricity, as defined by the governing body with jurisdiction over any municipal electric utility, rural electric cooperative as provided in chapter 394, or electrical corporation as provided in this chapter;
(2)"Commission", the public service commission of the state of Missouri;
(3)"Customer-generator", the owner or operator of a qualified electric energy generation unit which:
(a)Is powered by a renewable energy resource;
(b)Has an electrical generating system with a capacity of not more than one hundred kilowatts;
(c)Is located on a premises owned, operated, leased, or otherwise controlled by the customer-generator;
(d)Is interconnected and operates in parallel phase and synchronization with a retail electric supplier and has been approved by said retail electric supplier;
(e)Is intended primarily to offset part or all of the customer-generator's own electrical energy requirements;
(f)Meets all applicable safety, performance, interconnection, and reliability standards established by the National Electrical Code, the National Electrical Safety Code, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Underwriters Laboratories, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and any local governing authorities; and
(g)Contains a mechanism that automatically disables the unit and interrupts the flow of electricity back onto the supplier's electricity lines in the event that service to the customer-generator is interrupted;
(4)"Department", the department of economic development;
(5)"Net metering", using metering equipment sufficient to measure the difference between the electrical energy supplied to a customer-generator by a retail electric supplier and the electrical energy supplied by the customer-generator to the retail electric supplier over the applicable billing period;
(6)"Renewable energy resources", electrical energy produced from wind, solar thermal sources, hydroelectric sources, photovoltaic cells and panels, fuel cells using hydrogen produced by one of the above-named electrical energy sources, and other sources of energy that become available after August 28, 2007, and are certified as renewable by the department;
(7)"Retail electric supplier" or "supplier", any municipal utility, electrical corporation regulated under this chapter, or rural electric cooperative under chapter 394 that provides retail electric service in this state.
3.A retail electric supplier shall:
(1)Make net metering available to customer-generators on a first-come, first-served basis until the total rated generating capacity of net metering systems equals five percent of the utility's single-hour peak load during the previous year, after which the commission for a public utility or the governing body for other electric utilities may increase the total rated generating capacity of net metering systems to an amount above five percent.However, in a given calendar year, no retail electric supplier shall be required to approve any application for interconnection if the total rated generating capacity of all applications for interconnection already approved to date by said supplier in said calendar year equals or exceeds one percent of said supplier's single-hour peak load for the previous calendar year;
(2)Offer to the customer-generator a tariff or contract that is identical in electrical energy rates, rate structure, and monthly charges to the contract or tariff that the customer would be assigned if the customer were not an eligible customer-generator but shall not charge the customer-generator any additional standby, capacity, interconnection, or other fee or charge that would not otherwise be charged if the customer were not an eligible customer-generator; and
(3)Disclose annually the availability of the net metering program to each of its customers with the method and manner of disclosure being at the discretion of the supplier.
4.A customer-generator's facility shall be equipped with sufficient metering equipment that can measure the net amount of electrical energy produced or consumed by the customer-generator.If the customer-generator's existing meter equipment does not meet these requirements or if it is necessary for the electric supplier to install additional distribution equipment to accommodate the customer-generator's facility, the customer-generator shall reimburse the retail electric supplier for the costs to purchase and install the necessary additional equipment.At the request of the customer-generator, such costs may be initially paid for by the retail electric supplier, and any amount up to the total costs and a reasonable interest charge may be recovered from the customer-generator over the course of up to twelve billing cycles.Any subsequent meter testing, maintenance or meter equipment change necessitated by the customer-generator shall be paid for by the customer-generator.
5.Consistent with the provisions in this section, the net electrical energy measurement shall be calculated in the following manner:
(1)For a customer-generator, a retail electric supplier shall measure the net electrical energy produced or consumed during the billing period in accordance with normal metering practices for customers in the same rate class, either by employing a single, bidirectional meter that measures the amount of electrical energy produced and consumed, or by employing multiple meters that separately measure the customer-generator's consumption and production of electricity;
(2)If the electricity supplied by the supplier exceeds the electricity generated by the customer-generator during a billing period, the customer-generator shall be billed for the net electricity supplied by the supplier in accordance with normal practices for customers in the same rate class;
(3)If the electricity generated by the customer-generator exceeds the electricity supplied by the supplier during a billing period, the customer-generator shall be billed for the appropriate customer charges for that billing period in accordance with subsection 3 of this section and shall be credited an amount at least equal to the avoided fuel cost of the excess kilowatt-hours generated during the billing period, with this credit applied to the following billing period;
(4)Any credits granted by this subsection shall expire without any compensation at the earlier of either twelve months after their issuance or when the customer-generator disconnects service or terminates the net metering relationship with the supplier;
(5)For any rural electric cooperative under chapter 394, or municipal utility, upon agreement of the wholesale generator supplying electric energy to the retail electric supplier, at the option of the retail electric supplier, the credit to the customer-generator may be provided by the wholesale generator.
6.(1)Each qualified electric energy generation unit used by a customer-generator shall meet all applicable safety, performance, interconnection, and reliability standards established by any local code authorities, the National Electrical Code, the National Electrical Safety Code, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and Underwriters Laboratories for distributed generation.No supplier shall impose any fee, charge, or other requirement not specifically authorized by this section or the rules promulgated under subsection 9 of this section unless the fee, charge, or other requirement would apply to similarly situated customers who are not customer-generators, except that a retail electric supplier may require that a customer-generator's system contain a switch, circuit breaker, fuse, or other easily accessible device or feature located in immediate proximity to the customer-generator's metering equipment that would allow a utility worker the ability to manually and instantly disconnect the unit from the utility's electric distribution system.
(2)For systems of ten kilowatts or less, a customer-generator whose system meets the standards and rules under subdivision (1) of this subsection shall not be required to install additional controls, perform or pay for additional tests or distribution equipment, or purchase additional liability insurance beyond what is required under subdivision (1) of this subsection and subsection 4 of this section.
(3)For customer-generator systems of greater than ten kilowatts, the commission for public utilities and the governing body for other utilities shall, by rule or equivalent formal action by each respective governing body:
(a)Set forth safety, performance, and reliability standards and requirements; and
(b)Establish the qualifications for exemption from a requirement to install additional controls, perform or pay for additional tests or distribution equipment, or purchase additional liability insurance.
7.(1)Applications by a customer-generator for interconnection of a qualified electric energy generation unit meeting the requirements of subdivision (3) of subsection 2 of this section to the distribution system shall be accompanied by the plan for the customer-generator's electrical generating system, including but not limited to a wiring diagram and specifications for the generating unit, and shall be reviewed and responded to by the retail electric supplier within thirty days of receipt for systems ten kilowatts or less and within ninety days of receipt for all other systems.Prior to the interconnection of the qualified generation unit to the supplier's system, the customer-generator will furnish the retail electric supplier a certification from a qualified professional electrician or engineer that the installation meets the requirements of subdivision (1) of subsection 6 of this section.If the application for interconnection is approved by the retail electric supplier and the customer-generator does not complete the interconnection within one year after receipt of notice of the approval, the approval shall expire and the customer-generator shall be responsible for filing a new application.
(2)Upon the change in ownership of a qualified electric energy generation unit, the new customer-generator shall be responsible for filing a new application under subdivision (1) of this subsection.
8.Each commission-regulated supplier shall submit an annual net metering report to the commission, and all other nonregulated suppliers shall submit the same report to their respective governing body and make said report available to a consumer of the supplier upon request, including the following information for the previous calendar year:
(1)The total number of customer-generator facilities;
(2)The total estimated generating capacity of its net-metered customer-generators; and
(3)The total estimated net kilowatt-hours received from customer-generators.
9.The commission shall, within nine months of January 1, 2008, promulgate initial rules necessary for the administration of this section for public utilities, which shall include regulations ensuring that simple contracts will be used for interconnection and net metering.For systems of ten kilowatts or less, the application process shall use an all-in-one document that includes a simple interconnection request, simple procedures, and a brief set of terms and conditions.Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028.This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly under chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2007, shall be invalid and void.
10.The governing body of a rural electric cooperative or municipal utility shall, within nine months of January 1, 2008, adopt policies establishing a simple contract to be used for interconnection and net metering.For systems of ten kilowatts or less, the application process shall use an all-in-one document that includes a simple interconnection request, simple procedures, and a brief set of terms and conditions.
11.For any cause of action relating to any damages to property or person caused by the generation unit of a customer-generator or the interconnection thereof, the retail electric supplier shall have no liability absent clear and convincing evidence of fault on the part of the supplier.
12.The estimated generating capacity of all net metering systems operating under the provisions of this section shall count towards the respective retail electric supplier's accomplishment of any renewable energy portfolio target or mandate adopted by the Missouri general assembly.
13.The sale of qualified electric generation units to any customer-generator shall be subject to the provisions of sections 407.700 to 407.720.The attorney general shall have the authority to promulgate in accordance with the provisions of chapter 536 rules regarding mandatory disclosures of information by sellers of qualified electric generation units.Any interested person who believes that the seller of any electric generation unit is misrepresenting the safety or performance standards of any such systems, or who believes that any electric generation unit poses a danger to any property or person, may report the same to the attorney general, who shall be authorized to investigate such claims and take any necessary and appropriate actions.
14.Any costs incurred under this act* by a retail electric supplier shall be recoverable in that utility's rate structure.
15.No consumer shall connect or operate an electric generation unit in parallel phase and synchronization with any retail electric supplier without written approval by said supplier that all of the requirements under subdivision (1) of subsection 7 of this section have been met.For a consumer who violates this provision, a supplier may immediately and without notice disconnect the electric facilities of said consumer and terminate said consumer's electric service.
16.The manufacturer of any electric generation unit used by a customer-generator may be held liable for any damages to property or person caused by a defect in the electric generation unit of a customer-generator.
17.The seller, installer, or manufacturer of any electric generation unit who knowingly misrepresents the safety aspects of an electric generation unit may be held liable for any damages to property or person caused by the electric generation unit of a customer-generator.
386.590 - Penalties cumulative.
All penalties accruing under this chapter shall be cumulative of each other, and the suit for the recovery of one penalty shall not be a bar to or affect the recovery of any other penalty or forfeiture or be a bar to any original prosecution against any corporation, person or public utility, or any officer, director, agent or employee thereof.
386.490 - Service and effect of orders.
1.Every order of the commission shall be served upon every person or corporation to be affected thereby, either by personal delivery of a certified copy thereof, by electronic service, or by mailing a certified copy thereof, in a sealed package with postage prepaid, to the person to be affected thereby, or, in the case of a corporation, to any officer or agent thereof upon whom a summons may be served in accordance with the provisions of the code of civil procedure.
2.Every order or decision of the commission shall of its own force take effect and become operative thirty days after the service thereof, except as otherwise provided, and shall continue in force either for a period which may be designated therein or until changed or abrogated by the commission, unless such order be unauthorized by this law or any other law or be in violation of a provision of the constitution of the state or of the United States.
386.390 - Complaint, who may make — procedure to hear — service of process, how had — time and place of hearing, how fixed.
1.Complaint may be made by the commission of its own motion, or by the public counsel or any corporation or person, chamber of commerce, board of trade, or any civic, commercial, mercantile, traffic, agricultural or manufacturing association or organization, or any body politic or municipal corporation, by petition or complaint in writing, setting forth any act or thing done or omitted to be done by any corporation, person or public utility in violation, or claimed to be in violation, of any provision of law subject to the commission's authority, of any rule promulgated by the commission, of any utility tariff, or of any order or decision of the commission; provided, that no complaint shall be entertained by the commission, except upon its own motion, as to the reasonableness of any rates or charges of any gas, electrical, water, sewer, or telephone corporation, unless the same be signed by the public counsel or the mayor or the president or chairman of the board of aldermen or a majority of the council, commission or other legislative body of any city, town, village or county, within which the alleged violation occurred, or not less than twenty-five consumers or purchasers, or prospective consumers or purchasers, of such gas, electricity, water, sewer or telephone service.
2.All matters upon which complaint may be founded may be joined in one hearing, and no motion shall be entertained against a complaint for misjoinder of causes of action or grievances or misjoinder or nonjoinder of parties; and in any review by the courts of orders or decisions of the commission the same rule shall apply with regard to the joinder of causes and parties as herein provided.
3.The commission shall not be required to dismiss any complaint because of the absence of direct damage to the complainant.Upon the filing of a complaint, the commission shall cause a copy thereof to be served upon the public utility, corporation or person complained of.
4.Service in all hearings, investigations and proceedings pending before the commission may be made upon any person upon whom summons may be served in accordance with the provisions of the code of civil procedure of this state, and may be made personally or by mailing in a sealed envelope with postage prepaid.
5.The commission shall fix the time when and the place where a hearing will be had upon the complaint and shall serve notice thereof, not less than ten days before the time set for such hearing, unless the commission shall find that the public necessity requires that such hearing be held at an earlier date.
386.290 - Certified copies of papers filed to be evidence.
Copies of all official documents and orders filed or deposited according to law in the office of the commission, certified by a commissioner or by the secretary of the commission to be true copies of the originals, under the official seal of the commission, shall be evidence in like manner as the originals.
386.090 - Secretary to the commission — duties.
The commission may appoint a secretary who shall serve during the pleasure of the commission.It shall be the duty of the secretary to keep a full and true record of all the proceedings of the commission, of all books, maps, documents and papers ordered filed by the commission, and of all orders made by each of the commissioners, and of all orders made by the commission or approved and confirmed by it and ordered filed, and he shall be responsible to it for the safe custody and preservation of all such documents at its office.Under the direction of the commission the secretary shall have general charge of its office, superintend its clerical business and perform such other duties as the commission may prescribe.He shall have power and authority to administer oaths in all parts of the state, so far as the exercise of such authority is properly incidental to the performance of his duties or that of the commission.The secretary shall designate from time to time one of the clerks appointed by the commission to perform the duties of secretary during his absence, and during such time the clerk so designated shall, at the office, possess the powers of the secretary of the commission.
386.190 - Member of publications commission, compensation — report to governor on certain federal actions, when — compensation for extra duties.
1.For his services each member of the publications commission shall annually receive from the state the sum of fifty-two thousand dollars, to be paid in equal monthly installments.One-half of the compensation shall be paid from the special fund created under the provisions of section 386.370, known and designated as the "Public Service Commission Fund", and one-half shall be paid out of the state highway department fund.
2.Each member of the publications commission serving on August 13, 1984, shall prepare and submit to the governor a report on the effect of federal actions upon state regulation under the provisions of chapters 386 to 393.Such report shall be submitted annually by each member until the expiration of the term that he is serving on August 13, 1984.
3.For the performance of the duties imposed under the provisions of subsection 2 of this section, each member of the publications commission shall receive a sum that, when added to the other compensation paid to that commissioner prior to August 13, 1984, will equal the sum provided by adding together the compensation specified in section 386.150 and subsection 1 of this section.
386.480 - Information not to be divulged — exception — penalty.
No information furnished to the commission by a corporation, person or public utility, except such matters as are specifically required to be open to public inspection by the provisions of this chapter, or chapter 610, shall be open to public inspection or made public except on order of the commission, or by the commission or a commissioner in the course of a hearing or proceeding.The public counsel shall have full and complete access to public service commission files and records.Any officer or employee of the commission or the public counsel or any employee of the public counsel who, in violation of the provisions of this section, divulges any such information shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
386.580 - Employee of public utility guilty of misdemeanor, when.
Every officer, agent or employee of any corporation or public utility, who violates or fails to comply with, or who procures, aids or abets any violation by any corporation, person or public utility of any provision of the constitution of this state or of this or any other law, or who fails to obey, observe or comply with any order, decision, decree, rule, direction, demand or requirement, or any part or provision thereof, of the commission, or who procures, aids or abets any corporation, person or public utility in their or its failure to obey, observe and comply with any such order, decision, decree, rule, direction, demand or requirement, or any part or provision thereof, in a case in which a penalty has not herein been provided for such officer, agent or employee, is guilty of a misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars, or by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
386.280 - Orders to be written — recording — effect — utility office, where kept.
1.Every order, authorization or certificate issued or approved by the commission under any provision of this chapter shall be in writing and entered on the records of the commission.Any such order, authorization or certificate, or any part thereof, or a copy of the record of any such order, authorization or certificate, certified by a commissioner or by the secretary under the seal of the commission to be a true copy of the original order, authorization, certificate or entry, may be recorded in the office of the recorder of any county or city, in which is located the principal office and place of business of any corporation, person or public utility affected thereby, or in which is situated any property of any such corporation, person or public utility, and such record shall impart notice of its provisions to all persons.A certificate under the seal of the commission that any such order, authorization or certificate has not been modified, stayed, suspended or revoked may also be recorded in the same offices in the same manner and with the same effect.
2.Every public utility shall have an office in this state, in which all accounts, records, memoranda, books and papers carried in pursuance of the requirements of law shall be kept.No such accounts, records, memoranda, books or papers shall at any time be removed from the state except upon such conditions as may be prescribed by the commission.
386.380 - Reports of commission.
1.All proceedings of the commission and all documents and records in its possession shall be public records.The commission shall make and submit to the governor on or before the second Monday in January in each year a report containing a full and complete account of its transactions and proceedings for the preceding fiscal year, together with such other facts, suggestions and recommendations as it may deem of value to the people of the state, which report shall be laid before the next succeeding legislature.
2.The commission shall conduct a hearing and take testimony relative to any pending legislation with respect to any person, corporation or matter within the jurisdiction of the commission, if requested to do so by the legislature or by either branch thereof or by the governor, and shall report its conclusions to the legislature, or to the governor if the request was made by him.The commission may also recommend the enactment of such legislation with respect to any matter within its jurisdiction as it deems wise or necessary in the public interest.
386.180 - Duties of publications commission.
1.It shall be the duty of the publications commission to meet from time to time, as occasion may demand, and select from the findings, orders and decisions of the public service commission the decisions which in the judgment of the publications commission should, for public information and use, be officially reported and published and when sufficient of such decisions have been designated to constitute a volume to cause same to be published in an electronic or bound volume numbered serially and designated, "Reports of the Public Service Commission of the State of Missouri".
2.The publications commission shall cause to be published from time to time an advance sheet of the public service commission reports containing all decisions of the public service commission theretofore selected and designated by the publications commission for official publication and not before officially published.Such reports shall be competent evidence of the findings, orders and decisions of the public service commission therein contained without any further proof or authentication thereof.
3.The publications commission shall also supervise and cause to be prepared all syllabi or headnotes prefixed to such published findings, orders and decisions of the public service commission and shall cause to be prepared and published as a part of each publication herein provided an adequate index, table of cases and digest of the cases reported therein.
4.The publications commission shall also from time to time select and designate such other works, papers or studies of the public service commission relating to the field of public utilities regulation that may in the judgment of the publications commission be of interest to the public and cause same to be published in pamphlet, book, or electronic form.The official reports, advance sheets and other publications published by the publications commission shall be made available for sale to the public at a price to be fixed by the publications commission, which price shall approximate the actual cost of printing.
386.756 - Utilities prohibited from engaging in HVAC services, exceptions, penalty.
1.Except by an affiliate, a utility may not engage in HVAC services, unless otherwise provided in subsection 7 or 8 of this section.
2.No affiliate or utility contractor may use any vehicles, service tools, instruments, employees, or any other utility assets, the cost of which are recoverable in the regulated rates for utility service, to engage in HVAC services unless the utility is compensated for the use of such assets at cost to the utility.
3.A utility may not use or allow any affiliate or utility contractor to use the name of such utility to engage in HVAC services unless the utility, affiliate or utility contractor discloses, in plain view and in bold type on the same page as the name is used on all advertisements or in plain audible language during all solicitations of such services, a disclaimer that states the services provided are not regulated by the public service commission.
4.A utility may not engage in or assist any affiliate or utility contractor in engaging in HVAC services in a manner which subsidizes the activities of such utility, affiliate or utility contractor to the extent of changing the rates or charges for the utility's regulated services above or below the rates or charges that would be in effect if the utility were not engaged in or assisting any affiliate or utility contractor in engaging in such activities.
5.Any affiliates or utility contractors engaged in HVAC services shall maintain accounts, books and records separate and distinct from the utility.
6.The provisions of this section shall apply to any affiliate or utility contractor engaged in HVAC services that is owned, controlled or under common control with a utility providing regulated utility service in this state or any other state.
7.A utility engaging in HVAC services in this state five years prior to August 28, 1998, may continue providing, to existing as well as new customers, the same type of services as those provided by the utility five years prior to August 28, 1998.The provisions of this section only apply to the area of service which the utility was actually supplying service to on a regular basis prior to August 28, 1993.The provisions of this section shall not apply to any subsequently expanded areas of service made by a utility through either existing affiliates or subsidiaries or through affiliates or subsidiaries purchased after August 28, 1993, unless such services were being provided in the expanded area prior to August 28, 1993.
8.The provisions of this section shall not be construed to prohibit a utility from providing emergency service, providing any service required by law or providing a program pursuant to an existing tariff, rule or order of the public service commission.
9.A utility that violates any provision of this section is guilty of a civil offense and may be subject to a civil penalty of up to twelve thousand five hundred dollars for each violation.The attorney general may enforce the provisions of this section pursuant to any powers granted to him or her pursuant to any relevant provisions provided by Missouri statutes or the Missouri Constitution.
10.Any utility claiming an exemption as provided in subsection 7 of this section shall comply with all applicable state and local laws, ordinances or regulations relating to the installation or maintenance of HVAC systems including all permit requirements.A continuing pattern of failure to comply with said requirements shall provide the basis for a finding by any court of competent jurisdiction or the public service commission that the utility has waived its claim of exemption pursuant to subsection 7 of this section.
386.762 - Authority of public service commission.
The public service commission shall have authority to:
(1)Review, inspect and audit books, accounts and other records kept by a utility or affiliate for the sole purpose of ensuring compliance with sections 386.754 to 386.764 and make findings available to the commission; and
(2)Investigate the operations of a utility or affiliate and their relationship to each other for the sole purpose of ensuring compliance with sections 386.754 to 386.764.
386.266 - Rate schedules for interim energy charges or periodic rate adjustment — application for approval, procedure — adjustment mechanisms — rulemaking authority — task force to be appointed — surveillance monitoring, requirements.
1.Subject to the requirements of this section, any electrical corporation may make an application to the commission to approve rate schedules authorizing an interim energy charge, or periodic rate adjustments outside of general rate proceedings to reflect increases and decreases in its prudently incurred fuel and purchased-power costs, including transportation.The commission may, in accordance with existing law, include in such rate schedules features designed to provide the electrical corporation with incentives to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of its fuel and purchased-power procurement activities.
2.Subject to the requirements of this section, any electrical, gas, or water corporation may make an application to the commission to approve rate schedules authorizing periodic rate adjustments outside of general rate proceedings to reflect increases and decreases in its prudently incurred costs, whether capital or expense, to comply with any federal, state, or local environmental law, regulation, or rule.Any rate adjustment made under such rate schedules shall not exceed an annual amount equal to two and one-half percent of the electrical, gas, or water corporation's Missouri gross jurisdictional revenues, excluding gross receipts tax, sales tax and other similar pass-through taxes not included in tariffed rates, for regulated services as established in the utility's most recent general rate case or complaint proceeding.In addition to the rate adjustment, the electrical, gas, or water corporation shall be permitted to collect any applicable gross receipts tax, sales tax, or other similar pass-through taxes, and such taxes shall not be counted against the two and one-half percent rate adjustment cap.Any costs not recovered as a result of the annual two and one-half percent limitation on rate adjustments may be deferred, at a carrying cost each month equal to the utilities net of tax cost of capital, for recovery in a subsequent year or in the corporation's next general rate case or complaint proceeding.
*3.Subject to the requirements of this section, any gas or electrical corporation may make an application to the commission to approve rate schedules authorizing periodic rate adjustments outside of general rate proceedings to adjust rates of customers in eligible customer classes to account for the impact on utility revenues of increases or decreases in residential and commercial customer usage due to variations in either weather, conservation, or both.No electrical corporation shall make an application to the commission under this subsection if such corporation has provided notice to the commission under subsection 5 of section 393.1400.For purposes of this section:for electrical corporations, "eligible customer classes" means the residential class and classes that are not demand metered; and for gas corporations, "eligible customer classes" means the residential class and the smallest general service class.As used in this subsection, "revenues" means the revenues recovered through base rates, and does not include revenues collected through a rate adjustment mechanism authorized by this section or any other provisions of law.This subsection shall apply to electrical corporations beginning January 1, 2019, and shall expire for electrical corporations on January 1, 2029.
4.Subject to the requirements of this section, a water corporation with more than eight thousand Missouri retail customers may make an application to the commission to approve rate schedules authorizing periodic rate adjustments outside of general rate proceedings to ensure revenues billed by such water corporation for regulated services equal the revenue requirement for regulated services as established in the water corporation's most recent general rate proceeding or complaint proceeding, excluding any other commission-approved surcharges and gross receipts tax, sales tax, and other similar pass-through taxes not included in tariffed rates, due to any revenue variation resulting from increases or decreases in residential, commercial, public authority, and sale for resale usage.
5.The commission shall have the power to approve, modify, or reject adjustment mechanisms submitted under subsections 1 to 4 of this section only after providing the opportunity for a full hearing in a general rate proceeding, including a general rate proceeding initiated by complaint.The commission may approve such rate schedules after considering all relevant factors which may affect the costs or overall rates and charges of the corporation, provided that it finds that the adjustment mechanism set forth in the schedules:
(1)Is reasonably designed to provide the utility with a sufficient opportunity to earn a fair return on equity;
(2)Includes provisions for an annual true-up which shall accurately and appropriately remedy any over- or under-collections, including interest at the utility's short-term borrowing rate, through subsequent rate adjustments or refunds;
(3)In the case of an adjustment mechanism submitted under subsections 1 and 2 of this section, includes provisions requiring that the utility file a general rate case with the effective date of new rates to be no later than four years after the effective date of the commission order implementing the adjustment mechanism.However, with respect to each mechanism, the four-year period shall not include any periods in which the utility is prohibited from collecting any charges under the adjustment mechanism, or any period for which charges collected under the adjustment mechanism must be fully refunded.In the event a court determines that the adjustment mechanism is unlawful and all moneys collected thereunder are fully refunded, the utility shall be relieved of any obligation under that adjustment mechanism to file a rate case;
(4)In the case of an adjustment mechanism submitted under subsection 1 or 2 of this section, includes provisions for prudence reviews of the costs subject to the adjustment mechanism no less frequently than at eighteen-month intervals, and shall require refund of any imprudently incurred costs plus interest at the utility's short-term borrowing rate.
6.Once such an adjustment mechanism is approved by the commission under this section, it shall remain in effect until such time as the commission authorizes the modification, extension, or discontinuance of the mechanism in a general rate case or complaint proceeding.
7.Any amounts charged under any adjustment mechanism approved by the commission under this section shall be separately disclosed on each customer bill.
8.The commission may take into account any change in business risk to the corporation resulting from implementation of the adjustment mechanism in setting the corporation's allowed return in any rate proceeding, in addition to any other changes in business risk experienced by the corporation.
9.In the event the commission lawfully approves an incentive- or performance-based plan, such plan shall be binding on the commission for the entire term of the plan.This subsection shall not be construed to authorize or prohibit any incentive- or performance-based plan.
10.Prior to August 28, 2005, for subsections 1 to 3 of this section, and upon August 28, 2018, for subsection 4 of this section, the commission shall have the authority to promulgate rules under the provisions of chapter 536 as it deems necessary, to govern the structure, content and operation of such rate adjustments, and the procedure for the submission, frequency, examination, hearing and approval of such rate adjustments.Any electrical, gas, or water corporation may apply for any adjustment mechanism under this section whether or not the commission has promulgated any such rules.
11.Nothing contained in this section shall be construed as affecting any existing adjustment mechanism, rate schedule, tariff, incentive plan, or other ratemaking mechanism currently approved and in effect.
12.Each of the provisions of this section is severable.In the event any provision or subsection of this section is deemed unlawful, all remaining provisions shall remain in effect.
13.The provisions of subsections 1 to 3 of this section shall take effect on January 1, 2006, and the commission shall have previously promulgated rules to implement the application process for any rate adjustment mechanism under subsections 1 to 3 of this section prior to the commission issuing an order for any such rate adjustment.
14.The public service commission shall appoint a task force, consisting of all interested parties, to study and make recommendations on the cost recovery and implementation of conservation and weatherization programs for electrical and gas corporations.
**15.(1)Each public utility operating under a mechanism proposed and approved under subsection 3 of this section shall quarterly file a surveillance monitoring, consisting of five parts.Each part, except the rate-base quantifications report, shall contain information for the last twelve-month period and the last quarter data for total company electric operations and Missouri jurisdictional operations.Rate-base quantifications shall contain only information for the ending date of the period being reported.
(2)Part one of the surveillance monitoring report shall be the rate-base quantifications report.The quantification of rate-base items in part one shall be consistent with the methods or procedures used in the most recent rate proceeding unless otherwise specified.The report shall consist of specific rate-base quantifications of:
(a)Plant in service;
(b)Reserve for depreciation;
(c)Materials and supplies;
(d)Cash working capital;
(e)Fuel inventory, if applicable;
(g)Other regulatory assets;
(j)Accumulated deferred income taxes;
(k)Any other item included in the electrical corporation's rate base in its most recent rate proceeding;
(l)Net operating income from part three; and
(m)Calculation of the overall return on rate base.
(3)Part two of the surveillance monitoring report shall be the capitalization quantifications report, which shall consist of specific capitalization quantifications of:
(a)Common stock equity (net);
(b)Preferred stock, par or stated value outstanding;
(c)Long-term debt, including current maturities;
(d)Short-term debt; and
(e)Weighted cost of capital, including component costs.
(4)Part three of the surveillance monitoring report shall be the income statement, which shall consist of an income statement containing specific quantification of:
(a)Operating revenues to include sales to industrial, commercial, and residential customers, sales for resale, and other components of total operating revenues;
(b)Operating and maintenance expenses for fuel expense, production expenses, purchased power energy and capacity, if applicable;
(e)Customer accounts expenses;
(f)Customer service and information expenses;
(h)Administrative and general expenses;
(i)Depreciation, amortization, and decommissioning expense;
(j)Taxes other than income taxes;
(k)Income taxes; and
(l)Quantification of heating degree and cooling degree days, actual and normal.
(5)Part four of the surveillance monitoring report shall be the jurisdictional allocation factor report, which shall consist of a listing of jurisdictional allocation factors for the rate base, capitalization quantification reports, and income statement.
(6)Part five of the surveillance monitoring report shall be the financial data notes, which shall consist of notes to financial data including, but not limited to:
(a)Out of period adjustments;
(b)Specific quantification of material variances between actual and budget financial performance;
(c)Material variances between current twelve-month period and prior twelve-month period revenue;
(d)Expense level of items ordered by the commission to be tracked under the order establishing the rate adjustment mechanism;
(e)Budgeted capital projects; and
(f)Events that materially affect debt or equity surveillance components.
(7)This subsection shall expire on January 1, 2029.
386.572 - Natural gas safety standards, gas plants not to violate — maximum penalties for violations, how determined.
1.No corporation, person, public utility, or municipality that owns any gas plant shall violate any law or any order, decision, decree, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the commission or any part or portion thereof relating to federally mandated natural gas safety standards.Notwithstanding the above, a municipality that owns any gas plant shall be subject to the provisions of this section only for violations of natural gas safety laws, rules, or orders.
2.The maximum penalties for violations of federally mandated natural gas safety standards, or such stricter natural gas safety standards or rules as may be approved by the commission, shall not be greater than fifteen thousand dollars for each violation with a maximum penalty for a continuing violation or a multiple series of violations of the same standard or rule provision not to exceed one hundred fifty thousand dollars, notwithstanding any provisions of subsection 1 of section 386.570 to the contrary.The maximum penalty for each violation shall increase to twenty thousand dollars, effective January 1, 2015, twenty-five thousand dollars, effective January 1, 2025, thirty thousand dollars, effective January 1, 2035, and forty thousand dollars, effective January 1, 2040.The maximum penalty for a continuing violation or a multiple series of violations of the same standard or rule provision shall increase to two hundred thousand dollars, effective January 1, 2015, two hundred fifty thousand dollars, effective January 1, 2025, three hundred thousand dollars, effective January 1, 2035, and four hundred thousand dollars, effective January 1, 2040.In determining the amount of the penalty, the commission shall consider the nature, circumstances, and gravity of the violation, and also shall consider, with respect to the entity found to have committed the violation:
(1)The degree of culpability;
(2)Any history of prior violations;
(3)The effect of the penalty on the entity's ability to continue operation;
(4)Any good faith effort in attempting to achieve compliance;
(5)Ability to pay the penalty; and
(6)Such other matters as are relevant in the case.
3.Every violation of a specific natural gas safety standard or rule by any corporation, person, public utility, or municipality that owns any gas plant is a separate and distinct offense, regardless of whether such violations relate to the same incident.In case of a continuing violation, each day's continuance thereof shall be a separate and distinct offense.
4.In construing and enforcing the provisions of this section, the act, omission, or failure of any officer, agent, or employee of any corporation, person, public utility, or municipality that owns any gas plant acting within the scope of official duties of employment shall in every case be considered the act, omission, or failure of such corporation, person, public utility, or municipality that owns any gas plant.