Case Number: 11-0767

  • October 2, 2012

    As a member of the Illinois Senate, I want to express my concern at the Illinois Commerce Commission’s (ICC) inconsistency with the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA), which was created and passed last year.
    The General Assembly enacted EIMA last October with the clear intent that electric utilities should invest in the State’s electricity infrastructure, reduce and shorten outages, create jobs, and attract investment to Illinois.
    In return, we granted utilities the right to recover the actual costs of investment. In doing so, I recognized that this balance was crucial in order for the legislation to accomplish its objectives.
    ?I do not believe the ICC maintained this important balance in its May 29th ruling, which denied the recovery of costs authorized by the EIMA on ComEd’s first formula rate case. The legislation sought to foster an environment where the state provides greater regulatory clarity and predictability in return for the utilities’ commitment to deliver enhanced value to consumers. But the ICC’s May 29th rate order and recent Ameren decision were inconsistent with the General Assembly’s direction, which undermines this burgeoning partnership less than a year into the program.
    Without a reversal of the ICC’s May 29th ruling, I am concerned that Illinois’ two largest utilities will not be able to make the infrastructure investments that will deliver better reliability and service to Illinois customers. I am also dismayed that the utilities will not be able to create the 2,000 jobs that the General Assembly promised, providing a much-needed boost to our economy as the state struggles with 8.9 percent unemployment.
    The ICC should recognize that this legislation will produce a solid return on investment for the State of Illinois for generations to come. I am urging the ICC to retain the integrity and vision of this legislation and reverse the May 29th ruling.

    Senator Mike Jacobs
  • September 10, 2012

    As a member of the Bond Madison Water Company, I am opposed to an increase in Illinois Americans rates.

    Our rates were already significantly raised in 2010. At the annual meeting I learned that another significant rate increase is expected. We were also told that one of the reasons for the large increase is that we are miss-classified. Please correct this problem and overturn the rate increase proposal.

    The company explained the following to us at the meeting:

    •Bond Madison Water Company is a Not for Profit water system serving 2,400 household meters, eight communities and a water district. This rate hike will adversely affect approximately 15,000 individuals served by this rural water system.
    •In 2010, Bond Madison Water Company received a 27.5% increase in rates from Illinois American Water Company.

    As a member of Bond Madison, I am directly affected by the percentage of rate increase assigned to Illinois American’s “large water user” rate class. Another increase, in this case another 31%, is too much for individuals to absorb. So please address this miss-classification and overturn the rate increase.

    Anne Spitz
  • August 30, 2012

    As you may know this issue is the subject of what may become an eminent domain action. It seems that the ICC doesn't want to make the following information available without a Freedom of Information Request.

    Around 2000 or 2001 IAW built what they call the Bedford Park Transmission Line. I recall reading that this was to be the answer for all of the southwest suburbs and that they expected any number of municipalities to abandon wells and tap into this pipeline with everyone sharing the minimal incremental cost. Needless to say, that never happened.

    My questions:

    • What was the original cost of the pipeline?

    • Has the ICC determined the full cost of the IAW pipeline to be recoverable in the rates?

    • If so, why did IAW indicate they had excess capacity and why are consumers paying for that excess?

    • If IAW has been recovering the associated costs, wouldn’t their last rate case need to include a current value of that asset in order for them to be allowed an ROI?

    • If IAW has been recovering the associated costs, wouldn’t that result in a much depreciated cost to the group looking to take over the pipeline?

    Robert Ryan
  • August 14, 2012

    As a member of Bond Madison Water Company, I am opposed to an increase in Illinois Americans rates. In 2010, Bond Madison Water Company received a 27.5% increase in rates from Illinois American Water Company. This additional rate hike will adversely affect myself and the other individuals served by Bond Madison Water Company.

    Thank You.

    David M. Harnetiaux
  • July 5, 2012

    I am highly opposed to another rate increase in our water rates due to Illinois American's request.
    Rebecca Hess
  • June 28, 2012

    As a member of the Bond-Madison Water Comapny, I am opposed to an increase in Illinois American Water's rates.
  • June 11, 2012

    As a member of Bond Madison Water Company, I oppose the request of Illinois American for another rate hike. We just had an increase in rates in 2010. Having another increase in 2012 on a fixed income will make things even more difficult for many of the 2400 households in the Bond Madison system.
    Carolyn Jenkins
  • June 8, 2012

    As a member of Bond Madison Water Company, we are opposed to an increase in Illinois American's rates.
    Charles B. & Katheryn Collman
  • June 6, 2012

    Illinois American wants a water rate increase of 31%? And just a couple of years ago Illinois American got an increase of over 25%. This will dramatically affect the users in Bond County. It's not like a person can really reduce water useage. Our little water company is not for profit and the users of this company are not big shots watering their golf courses. If you want people to NOT become burdens on society, then make it so they can afford to live in their homes and take care of themselves. PLEASE do not consider such a high rate increase! Thank you...
    Kathy Dionne
  • May 30, 2012

    We are new to Highland area and are constructing a home. The Bond Madison water rates are shockingly high. Please deny this application for a rate increase. We are looking toward retirement but costs of basic utiliities are skyrocketing and interest income has plummeted.
    Fred & Shirley Curtis
  • May 24, 2012

    I live in Edwardsville and receive my water from Bond-Madison County Water Management. They in turn receive service from Illinois American Water Company. Because of Illinois American Water companies rate hike in 2010, or bill increased by over 27%. Now they are trying to get another increase of 31%. I am opposed to another drastic rate increase in such a short amount of time. If this new rate increase passes, I will be paying 60% more than I paid for water just 2 years ago.
  • May 22, 2012

    As a member of Bond madison Water Company, I am opposed to an increase in Illinois American's rates. 31.37% is a ridiculously unrealistic increase.
    Mary Gross
  • May 17, 2012

    As a member of the Bond Madison water company Iam strongly opposed to the proposed rate increase. They got 30% a little over a year ago! In a family with 2 adult and 2 children, we having a hard time paying bills as is. Please say no.
  • May 16, 2012

    As a member of the Not for Profit water system known as Bond Madison Water Company, I am strongly opposed to an increase in Illinois American rates. In these tough economic times any increase will adversely affect the 15,000 individuals served by this rural water system. An increase of 31.37% on top of the 27.5% increase made back in 2010 by Illinois American Water Company to the Bond Madison Water Company is unimaginable. As a member of Bond Madison, I am directly affected by this proposed rate increase assigned to Illinois American's large water use rate class.
    Cindy Casey
  • May 16, 2012

    Log #354

    Petitioners are asking the Commission to require Illinois American Water to lower rates that are competitive with neighboring municipalities or that they be
    permitted to purchase water from more-competitive sources through the same infracture.

  • May 14, 2012

    My comment pertains to a proposed increase by 31.37% in the water cost to Bond Madison Water Company. We are retired residents that would be affected by this increase and asked that you reconsider.

    I understand that there was a 27.5 % increase in 2010. That increase plus the 31.37 % proposed increase seems excessive in a short period of time.

    The Bond Madison Water Company serves 2.400 household meters which affects 15,000 individuals. I am opposed to this increase.

    How is the "large water user" rate apply to all users in the system. If there are users both residential and commercial that have high usage then those are the people you should be charging the increase.

    Regards,

    Larry Allen

    Larry Allen
  • May 14, 2012

    As a member of Bond Madison Water Company, I'm opposed to an increase in Illinois American rates for the following reasons:

    1. Bond Madison Water Company is a Not For Profit water system serving 2,400 household meters, eight communities and a wateer district. This rate hike will adversely affect approximately 15,000 individuals served by this rural water system.

    2. In 2010, Bond Madison Water Company received a 27.5% increase in rates from Illinois American Water Company.

    3. As a memeber of Bond Madison, I am directly affected by the percentage of rate increase assigned to Illinois American's "large water user" rate class.

    James C. Reavis
  • May 11, 2012

    I am calling to oppose the rate increase that ILAW is proposing. If allowed, our water would go up from $36.57 to over $50 or more and we used the minimum amount of water. I can't see how a family would be able to afford such an increase!
  • May 9, 2012

    Illinois American reported that this increase would affect Bond/Madison water company by 31.37%. This is absolutely ridiculous! What person in southern Illinois got a 31% raise this year. My guess is very, very few. My pay raise was 2%. A 3 or 4 person increase would be someone what reasonable, but 31%! I wonder what pocket on the ICC Illinois-American Water is padding?
    Dr. Heather M. Goeckner
  • May 7, 2012

    You have got to be kidding me!!! Another 31.37% percent increase on top of a 27.5% increase in 2010. This is GOUGING to the EXTREME! Our water rates are already the highest per gallon for small users in the state. Rates should be DECREASED by the huge increase in 2010. I am lucky that I still have a good well left from before these thieves started gouging us here in the rural area. Remember these thieves do not pay for any of the pipeline maintaince they just supply the water. If this passes turn OFF my valve back to my well.
    Robert Howard
  • April 20, 2012

    My family cannot afford another water increase, especially since our water rate is higher than most due to the fact: we are a small town who are assigned a percentage pf rate increase assigned to Illinois America's "large water user" rate class. Bond/Madison water company is a non-profit water system serving 2,400 household meters, eight communities and a water district. This increase will greatly affect 15,000 individuals served by this rural water sysytem. In 2010 Bond/Madison Water Company received a 27.5% increase in ratess from Illinois Water Company.
    Wendy essenpreis
  • April 10, 2012

    I am against any increase in rates.
    Steven D. Brendel
  • April 4, 2012

    they have already had rate increases, if they get this one we are going to fins another water supplier. everyone keeps raiseing rates, the average person is not going to be able to pay. our village has been absorbing the increases but we are at our end. please deny the increase.
    david k potts
  • March 27, 2012

    As a trustee for the Village of Marine, I am appealing to the ICC to deny Illinois American Water Company a rate increase. We buy water from Bond Madison Water Company who purchases water from Illinois American. In 2010 Bond Madison Water Company received a 27.5% increase in rates from Illinois American. Our community is not financially able to absorb a rate increase. Therefore, any new rate increase would greatly affect our small community as any increase must be passed on to our residents. Many of our residents struggle to pay for water at the current rates. During these difficult economic times, a rate increase would be a further burden on household budgets.
    Thelma Vernatti, Trustee
  • March 14, 2012

    It is my understanding that Illinois American Water Co. would like to raise water rates 31.37%. this seems alittle high for an increase in on year. Lets not forget they recieved a 27.5% in 2010. If you were to add the two increases that adds up to58.87%. In an economy where people are stuggling to make ends meet, I find it hard to beleive this is fair,ethical,or even legal. Considering most people are lucky to recieve a 2% raise how are we expected to except this as a fair increase,or practice. 5wlfx
    glenn huelsmann
  • February 24, 2012

    I believe the proposed rate increase is completely uncalled for and would put an excessive burden upon the common homeowner in St. Clair County, especially the Belleville residents. I am COMPLETELY OPPOSED to this proposed rate hike. If I recall correctly, they raised our rates not too long ago as it was to pay for infrastructure upgrades. I say work within your means! If a particular section (in this case Granite City and East St. Louis) need upgrading, then have those residents pay for the upgrades instead of taxing the rest of the folks who won't be using the new services. We live in America, not Russia. I don't believe in subsidizing another city or community just because the residents there may not be able to afford something.

    To the Commission: I ask that you STRONGLY OPPOSE this requested rate hike, especially in light of the recent economic conditions for many Belleville residents!

    Jeff Kirkley
  • January 18, 2012

    Did the Mississippi River raise it's rates for withdraw? If not then why does American Water need to raise our rates? Are they hanging out too much with Ameren and figured out that the Illinois ICC is all about making out of state corporations wealthy at the expense of Illinois residents and companies? Yes folks, Illinois American is just a little company like Ameren Illinois whose parent company is headquartered out of state. American Water is based out of New Jersey. Infrastructure improvements? Lay a little pipe and wala we need a rate increase! haha. This is the same company who places a known poison that has a cumulative effect in the body and causes cancer, commonly called flouride, in our water and then says it helps our teeth. They don't bother to tell you it will give you cancer when your old! But they will make you pay for this chemical (flouride is an industrial byproduct, that may sometimes contain uranium, see Texas water) so that you can in a roundabout way give yourself cancer and you get to foot the bill! That's a real deal for us! Please educate yourself about what this company is trying to do to us.

    http://www.mbschachter.com/dangers_of_fluoride_and_fluorida.htm

    The REAL reason for a wanted rate increase? Try a gross corporate profit in 2010 of $1.321 billion on revenue of $2.710 billion but through the generous corporate welfare write offs they only can claim a PROFIT of $267 million, poor babies. Their earnings per share are projected to be as high as $2.00 in 2012. Companies cannot show a decline in profit year over or else the 1% get mad. When any utility needs to pad their bottom line just file a rate increase in corrupt Illinois and they will grant not only your wish, but shower a little extra on you for good measure. You want to see why they REALLY want a rate increase? Look at the SEC filings of American Water Executives, I think in these numbers you will see why they NEED a rate increase, to pay the bloated salaries. This is about $3.7 million dollars annually for 5 humans, yes humans not gods ...and they need a raise! Far too often our Administrative Judges in Illinois are dazzled by the sparkling shining coins and green dollar bills and hope the utility companies will give their relative a job in exchange for a rate increase, however, they neglect to realize how their actions are literally driving people out of the state to cheaper border states, and those who can't move, well they just have to lower their thermostat and sacrifice food and medicine so that the wealthy can continue to live in the gilded age. And we are surprised the Illinois unemployment rate is higher than the national average? The people are tapped out.

    Mr. Jeffry E. Sterba , 56
    Chief Exec. Officer, Pres and Director $792.00K

    Ms. Ellen C. Wolf , 58
    Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer and Sr. VP $891.00K

    Mr. Walter J. Lynch , 49
    Pres of Regulated Operations and Chief Operating Officer of Regulated Operations $929.00K

    Mr. John R. Bigelow , 57
    Sr. VP of Bus. Services $478.00K

    Ms. Kellye L. Walker , 45
    Chief Admin. Officer, Gen. Counsel and Sec. $609.00K

    Ray Watsek Jr
  • January 10, 2012

    Opposed. Raised rates 189% since 2007
    Lisa McPherson
  • January 10, 2012

    I am against the increase of water and sewer rates. The water and sewer rates in Homer Glen are already high and even beyond high. Increasing the rates will only hurt the residents of our town due to the expensive costs of water.
    Wesam Sammur
  • January 10, 2012

    From 2007 to 2011 my rate has gone up 189%!

    2007 average water/sewer bill = $65.00

    2011 average water/sewer bill = $123.11

    There should be no increases for years to come! My area is on Well Water and should not be increased since they already received a raise of 189% over 4 years! I understand inflation but this is not inflation it is major gouging of my pocket book!!!!!!!!!

    Lisa McPherson
  • January 10, 2012

    2007 paid $65/mo average for water/sewer
    2011 Paid $123/mo average for water/sewer
    My total 2011 for water/sewer to Illinois American Water was $1,477.23 for a family of TWO!

    So far my cost for water and sewer have gone up 89.2% in 4 years and now they want to hike rates again? You have got to be kidding me!!!!

    Lisa McPherson
  • January 5, 2012

    I am opposed to 11-0767.
  • January 3, 2012

    CUST IS OPPESED TO RATE HiKE ==== STATES HER BILL HAS GONE UP 90% OVER 3 YEARS == FROM $67 IN 2007 TO $125 IN 2011

    STATES THIS IS NOT FROM INFLATION AND THAT COMPANY DOES NOT NEED ANOTHER RATE HIKE

  • December 21, 2011

    I AM OPPOSED TO THE RATE INCREASE FOR ILLINOIS AMERICAN WATER CO. EVERYONE IS STRETCHED ECONOMICALLY. THIS HAS TO STOP. ALSO, I FOUND THE INFORMATION PROVIDED WITH THE BILLS FROM ILLINOIS AMERICAN, REGARDING THE PERCENTAGE OF THE INCREASE, TO BE MISLEADING AND CONFUSING.
  • November 23, 2011

    I recieved a notice along with my water bill that said IAW has filed with the ICC for a proposed rate increase. Where i live increase would be between 18 and 20%. With todays struggling economic environment I feel this increase is excessive. I do understand that costs go up wages, parts, etc., But I have never gotten an 18-20% increase in my pay. probably a poor analogy. Just saying cost of living expenses going up and value of dollar is going down. I'm sure intelligent people in government can figure that out.Thanks, concerned taxpayerPhillip A. Proffitt
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