New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Approves Middlesex Water Rate Increase

Aug. 19, 2015
The board approved a $5 million increase in base water rates to its customers located in central New Jersey

Middlesex Water Co. announced the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has approved a $5 million increase in base water rates to its customers located in central New Jersey, effective Aug. 29, 2015, reflecting an overall revenue increase of approximately 7.11%. In its original petition filed with the BPU in April 2015, Middlesex sought an increase in base rates of $9.5 million, or approximately 13.5%, to recover costs of increases in chemicals, fuel, electricity, technology, taxes, labor, benefits and other factors impacting operating income.

The new rates are designed to allow for a 6.73% overall rate of return on invested capital on rate base of $219 million. The return on equity portion of the rate of return was set at 9.75%.

“We strive to manage costs to maintain reasonable rates for our customers while making the necessary investments in drinking water infrastructure to deliver the safe, adequate and proper water service our customers require in their everyday lives. While the rate approved is below our initial filing request, an accelerated timetable, combined with overall improved economic conditions during the test period used for ratemaking purposes, has enabled us to work with the BPU staff, the Division of Rate Counsel and other intervening parties in negotiating a positive outcome," said Dennis W. Doll, Middlesex Water president and CEO.

Middlesex Water Co.'s largest New Jersey utility (the Middlesex system), organized in 1897, presently serves approximately 60,000 retail customers in the townships of Woodbridge, Edison, the borough of South Plainfield, Carteret, Metuchen, the city of South Amboy and the township of Clark. The cmpany serves a significant population through wholesale contracts with the boroughs of Highland Park, the Old Bridge Municipal Utilities Authority, Marlboro Township and the townships of East Brunswick and Rahway. Middlesex Water operates and maintains more than 740 miles of water main, as well as water production and storage facilities in eastern Middlesex County, N.J.

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