The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved an agreement which amends an electric territorial agreement between the City of Poplar Bluff, operating through its Municipal Utilities, and Ozark Border Electric Cooperative. The amendment extends a territorial agreement between the two which was previously approved by the Public Service Commission in December of 1997 (Case No. EO-98-143).
The territorial agreement approved in 1997 designates the boundaries of the electric service areas of the City of Poplar Bluff and Ozark Border Electric Cooperative in three areas of Butler County.
The joint application sought to amend the existing territorial agreement by extending it for an additional five-year term. The joint applicants stated approval of the amendment would not change any of the other terms and conditions of the agreement.
The agreement was submitted to the Commission by the Public Service Commission Staff, the joint applicants and the Office of the Public Counsel. The Office of the Public Counsel is a separate state agency which represents the general public in cases before the Public Service Commission. The agreement indicated that the proposed extension is not detrimental to the public interest and is, in fact, in the public interest because it establishes certainty regarding the provision of retail service within the designated areas, reducing potential disputes between the joint applicants.
"Based on the information contained in the verified joint application, previous findings of the Commission approving the terms of the territorial agreement, and the Unanimous Stipulation and Agreement, the Commission finds that the proposed amendment by extension of the territorial agreement is in the public interest," said the Commission.