Supreme Court sides with Anchorage in utility rate hike

Posted: Monday, May 11, 2009

ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court has sided with Anchorage in a battle with the state over water and sewer rates.

The ruling Friday means customers of Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility will not get refunds ordered by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.

The utility can continue passing on to customers almost $6.4 million in additional charges a year.

Friday's ruling reverses a 2005 Superior Court decision, which affirmed the regulatory commission's action.

Under the lower court's ruling, utility customers would have gotten a refund of about $5 for every month of use since the rate change in 2004.

The high court sent the case back to the commission "to conduct further proceedings and make a determination on the merits of the reasonableness of AWWU's proposed rate increase."

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