AUGUST 14, 2008, at 6 P.M.

Anchorage, AK - The Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) will receive comments from ENSTAR customers and interested persons at a hearing on Docket U-08-25 on Thursday, August 14, 2008, at 6 p.m ., in the RCA’s East Hearing Room located at 701 West Eighth Avenue, Suite 300, Anchorage, Alaska, 99501.  

In September 2007 the RCA ordered ENSTAR to notify nearly 11,000 small commercial customers that they may qualify for a rate adjustment because some customers may have been paying the commercial rate for strictly residential buildings.  ENSTAR received about 2,000 rate adjustment requests, and about half of those ratepayers received refunds and credits.  However, ENSTAR declined to provide refunds to customers who requested the rate adjustment after the two-week notice period.  In December 2007, the RCA ordered ENSTAR to provide refunds to all customers who transferred to the lower rate, including those whose requests were made after the end of the two-week notice period.  The RCA opened a formal docket in response to ENSTAR’s petition for reconsideration of the RCA’s December letter order. 
The consumer input hearing on August 14, 2008, precedes the one-day evidentiary hearing scheduled for August 18, 2008.  For further information about this docket, please visit the RCA’s website at to download U-08-025 in the “Find a Matter” search box. 
For questions about this press release, please contact the RCA's media representative, Grace Salazar, at (907) 263-2134.

Note: If you are a person with a disability who may need a special accommodation, auxiliary aid, or service or alternative communication format in order to participate in the hearing, please contact Joyce McGowan at 1-907-276-6222, toll-free at 1-800-390-2782, or TTY at 1-907-276-4533, or send your request by electronic mail to, at least three business days before the hearing to make the necessary arrangements .

Date Issued: 8/7/2008