(2) A gas utility's request shall be in writing and shall state the reasons the suspension is justified. (3) The director may grant the suspension, provided that the gas utility has made a showing of reasonable justification. If granted, the suspension shall be effective until the next annual anniversary of the implementation date of the interim rate adjustment. (4) The utility's next annual filing for interim rate adjustment shall be made in accordance with this section. (l) Rate case filing. A gas utility that implements an interim rate adjustment under this section and does not file a rate case before the fifth anniversary of the date its initial interim rate adjustment became effective shall file a rate case not later than the 180th day after that anniversary. (m) Reimbursement. A gas utility that implements an interim rate adjustment under this section shall reimburse the Commission for the utility's proportionate share of the Commission's annual costs related to the administration of the interim rate adjustment mechanism. The Commission shall determine the amount of the reimbursement as follows: (1) After the Commission has finally acted on a gas utility's application for an interim rate adjustment, the director shall estimate such utility's proportionate share of the Commission's annual costs related to the processing of such applications. (2) In making the estimate required by paragraph (1) of this subsection, the director shall take into account the number of utilities the Commission reasonably expects to file for interim rate adjustments during the fiscal year, and the costs expected to be incurred in processing such applications. (3) The utility shall reimburse the Commission for the amount so determined within thirty days after receipt of notice of the amount of the reimbursement. (4) In the event that the utility wishes to contest the amount of the reimbursement determined by the director, it may file a request to have the Commission determine the appropriate amount. In such event, the utility agrees to pay the amount determined by the Commission within thirty days of the determination.
Source Note: The provisions of this §7.7101 adopted to be effective December 27, 2004, 29 TexReg 11948