Prehearing conferences are where filing and hearing dates are determined and a procedural schedule is established by the assigned commissioners and Administrative Law Judge after input from all parties involved.
Field hearings are public hearings that give utility customers an opportunity to speak in favor of or against cases pending before the Commission.
- If a utility seeks an increase in revenues that exceeds $2.5 million, at least one field hearing held in the largest municipality within a utility's service territory is required for base rate cases.
- Field hearings may also be held at the discretion of the Commission.
- Consumers may always comment on pending cases before the Commission by submitting their written comments to the OUCC.
Settlement hearings occur when the parties present the terms of a negotiated settlement to the Commission for consideration. Settlements must generally be reached before the last evidentiary hearing.
Evidentiary hearings are hearings where the petitioner, the intervenors, and the OUCC present their evidence and cross-examine witnesses.
To view the standard procedural schedule for rate cases, visit the Commission’s website here: https://www.in.gov/iurc/2995.htm