PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
At a session of the Public Service Commission held at its office in Jefferson City on the 20th day of March, 2013.
In the Matter of The Empire District Electric )
Company’s 2013 Utility Resource Filing ) File No. EO-2013-0405
Pursuant to 4 CSR 240-22 )
ORDER GRANTING WAIVER AND EXTENSION OF TIME
Issue Date: March 20, 2013 Effective Date: March 20, 2013
On February 28, 2013, The Empire District Electric Company (“Empire”) filed with the Missouri Public Service Commission (“Commission”) an Application for Waiver/Extension requesting that the Commission grant it a waiver of Commission Rules 4 CSR 240-22.080(1) and 4 CSR 240-22.080(5)(A) and an extension of the date for filing its 2013 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) until July 1, 2013. The Commission provided notice of the application to all parties to Empire’s most recent triennial IRP compliance case, EO-2011-0066. The Commission also ordered that any party wishing to respond to Empire’s Application for Waiver/Extension do so no later than March 11, 2013. No party filed a response to the application.
Empire states in its application that it made a presentation to its stakeholders on December 18, 2012 in regard to Empire’s 2013 Integrated Resource Plan, which is due to be filed with the Commission on April 1, 2013. The stakeholders notified Empire that the information presented was not sufficient to meet the requirements of Commission Rule 4 CSR 240-22.080(5)(A) and suggested that Empire seek an extension of time from the Commission to revise that information. Empire proposes a schedule of filings with the stakeholders in its application that would result in Empire’s IRP being filed with the Commission no later than July 1, 2013. Empire also proposes to conduct further evaluation of supply-side resources as suggested by Dogwood Energy.
Commission Rule 4 CSR 240-22.080(15) provides that “[t]he Commission may extend or reduce any of the time periods specified in this rule for good cause shown”. Good cause is a good faith request for reasonable relief. Empire states that good cause exists because even if the extension of time is granted, it will still file its IRP less than three years since its last IRP filing, and granting the extension will allow Empire to provide important information prior to its integrated resource analysis and risk analysis. Empire represents that the Commission’s Staff, the Office of Public Counsel, and Dogwood Energy support the application and that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources does not oppose it. The Commission finds that good cause exists to grant the application.
THE COMMISSION ORDERS THAT:
1. The Empire District Electric Company’s request for a waiver of Commission Rules 4 CSR 240-22.080(1) and 4 CSR 240-22.080(5)(A), as described in its Application for Waiver/Extension, is granted. The Empire District Electric Company shall comply with the proposed schedule described in its application.
2. The deadline for The Empire District Electric Company to file its 2013 Integrated Resource Plan is extended until no later than July 1, 2013.
3. This order shall become effective on March 20, 2013.
BY THE COMMISSION
R. Kenney, Chm., Jarrett, Stoll,
and W. Kenney, CC., concur.
 American Family Ins. Co. v. Hilden, 936 S.W.2d 207 (Mo. App., W.D. 1996).