DVD : Supreme Court of Ohio - Case No. 2014-0328 In re Application of Duke Energy Ohio, Inc.
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In the Matter of Duke Energy Ohio Inc. for an Increase in its Natural Gas Distribution Rates, Case No. 2014-0328
Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

ISSUES:
- Did the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) disregard the requirement that only property that's "used and useful" be factored into a natural gas rate increase when it approved a utility's cost for investigation and remediation of long-defunct manufactured gas plants?
- Does environmental remediation of a defunct manufactured gas plant count as a normal operating expense for a natural gas distributor?
- Is the requirement that a bond be posted by a party appealing a PUCO decision, even a public office such as the Office of the Consumers' Counsel, an unconstitutional violation of the separation-of-powers principle?
February 28, 2017