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(a) An original and 10 copies of each utility tariff filing must be on file with the commission at least 45 days before the tariff may take effect unless the commission, by order, authorizes the filing to take effect in less than 45 days after the date of filing, or unless another commission regulation provides for a different filing method or time period. An original and 10 copies of each initial pipeline tariff filing shall be on file with the commission at least 90 days before it may become effective unless the commission, by order, authorizes the filing to become effective in less than 90 days from the date of delivery. An original and 10 copies of each revised pipeline tariff must be on file with the commission at least 30 days before the tariff may take effect unless the commission, by order, authorizes the filing to take effect in less than 30 days after the date of filing. Each filing must be transmitted to the commission by means of consecutively numbered letters designated as "Tariff Advice Letter No. 1, 2, 3, etc." Every advice letter must contain the applicable information set out in 3 AAC 48.270, unless another commission regulation provides otherwise. If a utility or pipeline carrier desires an effective date before the end of the statutory notice period for a filing, the utility or pipeline carrier shall request an earlier effective date and set out the reasons in the tariff advice letter. The utility or pipeline carrier shall attach rate studies or supply other information pertinent to the filing. If interim approval of a tariff filing is sought, that request must also be set out in the tariff advice letter.
(b) The commission will retain the original and one copy of every contract or other tariff filing, and will return one copy to the utility or the pipeline carrier after the effective date of the filing and the date of receipt by the commission have been stamped on it.
(c) Special contracts are treated as tariff filings. A utility service, commodity, or facility furnished to a customer under an unwritten contract or arrangement must be discontinued unless the parties to it execute a written contract and file it with the commission. This subsection does not apply to merchandising of equipment and appliances, parts replacement and repair work on customer-owned equipment, utility construction or materials purchase contracts, easements, applications for membership in cooperative associations, and service agreements which merely recite the provisions of a utility's filed tariff.
(d) A newly formed utility or pipeline carrier, or a utility or pipeline carrier brought under the commission's jurisdiction by operation of law, shall file its complete tariff with the commission as part of its application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity. A utility filing an application for extension of its service area, or a pipeline carrier filing an application for extension of its pipeline facility or route, shall include as part of its application any tariff revisions which may be required and a statement justifying the applicability of its existing tariff in the new service area or pipeline facility or route. These filings are subject to modification, and take effect on the date the certificate, or amendment to the certificate, is granted or at a later date under an order of the commission.
(e) Every tariff on file with and approved by the commission is considered to be lawful until revised in accordance with the procedures established by law and 3 AAC 48.200 - 3 AAC 48.430, and other commission regulations.
(f) Within 120 days after the effective date of this subsection, each pipeline carrier shall file tariff sheets in accordance with 3 AAC 48.200 - 3 AAC 48.430 covering every rate, charge, rule, regulation, or condition of service then being applied by the carrier.
(g) If the parties to a special contract filed with and approved by the commission cancel that contract, the utility shall notify the commission that the special contract has been cancelled. The notice to the commission will be by tariff advice letter and must include a copy of the instrument cancelling the special contract and the effective date of the cancellation.
History: Eff. 11/16/73, Register 48; am 6/29/84, Register 90; am 8/6/92, Register 123; am 9/16/2005, Register 175
Authority: AS 42.05.141
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