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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Notification of utility rate increases. Provides that not later than January 1, 2012, the utility regulatory commission (IURC) shall develop a communications system to enable the following: (1) A customer of a gas, electric, water, or sewer utility to request to receive notification from the IURC whenever the IURC receives a petition from the utility for an increase in the utility's retail rates and charges. (2) The IURC to generate and send, transmit, or otherwise communicate to each requesting customer notices of the filing of the petition and of the IURC's issuance of a final order in the case. Specifies certain information that each required notice must include, including instructions on how the customer may opt out of receiving further communications concerning the case. Provides that the required communications system may include any of the following means of communication: (1) Electronic means. (2) Telephonic means. (3) Any other technologically and economically feasible means, as determined by the commission in considering the technological, staffing, and budgetary resources available to the commission. Allows the IURC to adopt rules, including emergency rules, to implement these requirements. Makes conforming amendments.