By TERRI HARBER The Daily News Feb 22, 2019
BULLHEAD CITY — Hearings for EPCOR Water Arizona Inc.’s interim rate case concluded Thursday after attorneys representing various interested parties delivered final remarks.
“What a long, strange trip this has been,” said Jason Gellman, EPCOR’s rates and regulatory counsel.
He pointed out that 18 months have passed since EPCOR filed its initial consolidation and rates case with the Arizona Corporation Commission. Members voted 2-2 on that matter Jan. 25. EPCOR quickly responded with the interim application.
“There’s no dispute rates are currently inadequate,” Gellman said. While EPCOR isn’t facing financial ruin, not being able to recoup outlay for projects “is a burden,” he said.
Along with those two assertions — and that the company will do what’s required to ensure EPCOR is able to refund any excess charges once a permanent rate structure is in place — the interim plan should be approved by members of the ACC, he said.