Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. should file for a rate case after missing a deadline earlier this year, staff at the public utility division have reiterated in an application before the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
The public utility division softened its stance Thursday as it dropped a motion to dismiss a separate OG&E request to modify the dates of three commission orders that required it to start a rate case this year. In its motion, division staff had asked an administrative law judge to find OG&E in noncompliance for missing a deadline to file for a rate review.
Instead, attorneys for the public utility division filed a new application asking OG&E to begin a rate case without asking for sanctions for missing the deadline. They still want the utility to use 2012 as a “test year” to determine the proper level of revenue and expenses to calculate rates.
OG&E spokesman Brian Alford said the utility continues to believe now isn't the best time to start a rate case. He said there's too much uncertainty over environmental regulations and how those compliance costs could be passed on to customers.