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PUC Approved Tentative Implementation Order Addressing Valuation of Municipal or Authority-Owned Water and Wastewater Systems Acquired by Investor-Owned Utilities; Seeks Public Comment

July 21, 2016

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today adopted a Tentative Implementation Order that addresses amendments to Chapter 13 of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Code (Code), which Governor Wolf signed into law April, as Act 12 of 2016. That legislation added a new section to the Code – Section 1329 – providing for significant changes in the way the Commission examines acquisitions of municipal and authority-owned water and wastewater systems by investor-owned utilities.

The Commission voted 4-0 to adopt tentative interim procedures and guidelines necessary to begin implementation of Section 1329, including a proposed timeline for adjudications. The Commission has also invited comments from interested parties regarding the tentative proposals, along with any additional recommendations. Comments are due within 20 days.

Section 1329 is intended to address concerns about previous mechanisms for valuing municipal or authority-owned property, and provides a process to determine the fair market value of a municipal or authority-owned water or wastewater system that is acquired by a public utility.

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Docket No.: M-2016-2543193

Contact:Nils Hagen-Frederiksen
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