James Hunter

Did a Zinger get approved by CPUC? How much control CPUC should have?

In the process of reviewing the status of the WRAP application to increase the surcharge from $0.20 to $1.15, I ran across an interesting ruling regarding hearings and the potential power of CPUC to prevent public participation.

Not being a lawyer I did a bit of research:

Ex Parte

The following are excerpted from the CPUC ruling:

I'd appreciate comments regarding the level of control CPUC has, in limiting or controlling  "public" and "ratepayer" participation in the process of regulating the utilities? Is CPUC too close to the utilities they are supposed to regulate? Can CPUC represent us (public and ratepayers) interests in an unbiased fashion, as they are supposed to?

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