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Attorney for the Consumer Advocate Division
Public Service Commission

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Public Service Commission

Deputy Consumer Advocate
The PSC

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Tony Sade, a consumer ...

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Tony Sade, a consumer advocate for the Public Service Commission, said the rate increase is West Virginia American's biggest request ever.And while water company officials keep asking for more and more money, consumers are using less and less water.

Sade said average water consumption has gone from about 4,500 gallons a month a few years ago to 3,700 gallons a month currently for the average family.
While some of the lower water demand might be from more efficient appliances, Sade said a big part of the decrease is because people can't afford to pay mushrooming water bills.
"It's almost what we're calling a death spiral," Sade said.Customers who can't afford high water bills use less water, prompting water companies to raise rates to make up for lost revenue, making it even harder for families to pay their water bills.
Sade said the 600,000 people served by West Virginia American Water in West Virginia already pay some of the highest water rates in the entire country.


Clarksburg Exponent Telegram

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David Sade , an attorney for the Consumer Advocate Division of the PSC , explained that his division has researched the company and the proposed rate , and has found it be an enormous inflated cost..His division will make a recommendation to the PSC.

The company doesn't deserve a rate increase of this size , Sade said.Our recommendation is likely not to be for an increase..
Sade admitted , however , that some increase was inevitable.But he said he doubted Dominion Hope would be granted the rate that it's seeking.
Dominion maintains that the increase is necessary due to the rising cost of natural gas.


Yahoo - Concern over foreign ownership of key public utility aired in hearing

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Tony Sade, a lawyer with the Public Service Commission's Consumer Advocate Division, acknowledged that there are risks to the buyout for West Virginia residents.

West Virginia-American "will become an itsy, bitsy teeny part of a huge global business ... that is acquiring companies right and left," Sade said."West Virginia is a very small drop in that big ocean."
Evidentiary hearings in the case will be held July 25-26.
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David "Tony" Sade, an attorney with ...

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David "Tony" Sade, an attorney with the Consumer Advocate Division, questioned water company President Wayne Morgan for nearly two hours Monday morning during an evidentiary hearing in Charleston.

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"Here we are again," Sade said at the hearing's start. "It seems like it was just yesterday we were doing this."
Sade presented Morgan with documents, attempting to show that West Virginia American Water has included a host of unnecessary expenses -- including payments to high-priced consultants -- in its $15.6 million rate hike proposal.
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Sade argued that the utility hasn't controlled "discretionary expenses" -- as the PSC instructed last year.
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Sade suggested that the water company could have cut expenses by assigning such work to its own employees.
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Sade also noted that West Virginia American Water's labor costs increased by $170,000 last year, even though the company reduced its number of employees. The utility's workers continue to receive 2- to 4-percent raises each year.
By contrast, state government employees in West Virginia haven't received a salary hike in two years, said Sade, the PSC's deputy consumer advocate.
"Do you think West Virginians would like to have had those kinds of pay increases your company employees have had? Sade asked Morgan.
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Sade added that the water company has included $1.2 million in incentive pay for its employees in its rate hike request. The utility's merit pay expenses have increase 900 percent since 2003, he said.
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David "Tony" Sade, an attorney with the Consumer Advocate Division, questioned water company President Wayne Morgan for nearly two hours Monday morning during an evidentiary hearing in Charleston.
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"Here we are again," Sade said at the hearing's start. "It seems like it was just yesterday we were doing this."
Sade presented Morgan with documents, attempting to show that West Virginia American Water has included a host of unnecessary expenses -- including payments to high-priced consultants -- in its $15.6 million rate hike proposal.
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Sade argued that the utility hasn't controlled "discretionary expenses" -- as the PSC instructed last year.
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Sade suggested that the water company could have cut expenses by assigning such work to its own employees.
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Sade also noted that West Virginia American Water's labor costs increased by $170,000 last year, even though the company reduced its number of employees. The utility's workers continue to receive 2- to 4-percent raises each year.
By contrast, state government employees in West Virginia haven't received a salary hike in two years, said Sade, the PSC's deputy consumer advocate.
"Do you think West Virginians would like to have had those kinds of pay increases your company employees have had? Sade asked Morgan.
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Sade added that the water company has included $1.2 million in incentive pay for its employees in its rate hike request. The utility's merit pay expenses have increase 900 percent since 2003, he said.
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Sade also presented documents that showed West Virginia American Water reduced full-time staff shortly after the PSC approved the utility's 3.5 percent rate hike last year.
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PSC staff and Sade argued Monday that it was too late for the water company to revise its request.


David Sade, the state's ...

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David Sade, the state's deputy consumer advocate, noted that Frontier was failing to meet three of four service-quality standards, or benchmarks, set by the PSC.

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