• 2008 Press Releases

    • DRA CUTS UN-“BEAR”-ABLE RATE HIKE PROPOSED BY BEAR VALLEY ELECTRIC
      December 19, 2008, San Francisco – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC or Commission), today issued its reports addressing Bear Valley Electric Service Division’s (BVES) Test Years 2009-2012 General Rate Case (GRC). This case addresses BVES’ request for authority to increase rates for its customers and to implement additional programs.
    • DRA Opposes CPUC Vote to Reward Utilities with $82 Million Windfall for Unverified Achievements on Energy Efficiency
      SAN FRANCISCO, December 18, 2008 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), advises that the CPUC’s 4-1 vote today (dissented by Commissioner Dian M. Grueneich) to cumulatively award the state’s four largest privately-owned utilities $82 million for achievement of unverified energy savings favors expediency over verification in defining successful energy efficiency programs.
    • DRA Says Schedule on Energy Efficiency Incentive Decision May Unfairly Tilt Balance Toward Utilities Seeking Undeserved $108 Million
      SAN FRANCISCO, December 4, 2008 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an
      independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), advises that the two-week delay of the CPUC’s scheduled vote on energy efficiency incentives is insufficient and will unfairly allow the utilities to rebut arguments from a CPUC staff report without allowing a rebuttal response from staff or consumer advocates.
    • DRA SUPPORTS ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROPOSED DECISION
      SAN FRANCISCO, December 3, 2008 – Alternate Decision Rewards Investor Owned Utilities $108 Million Despite Independent Report on Poor Performance of Energy Efficiency Programs
    • DRA OPPOSES CPUC DECISION TO RAID ENERGY EFFICIENCY FUNDS WITH GIVEAWAY TO WATER COMPANIES
      SAN FRANCISCO, November 24, 2008 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), today said that the CPUC’s action last Friday changing its previously adopted decision on water-energy conservation pilot programs to include private water companies will not contribute to the original purpose of the pilot.
    • DRA ADVOCACY BRINGS MORE CALIFORNIANS RELIEF FROM ENERGY COSTS
      SAN FRANCISCO, November 19, 2008 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), today announced that its vigorous efforts on behalf of low income customers helped to expand and improve the California Alternative Rates for Energy (CARE) bill discount program and the Low Income Energy Efficiency (LIEE) program.
    • DIVISION OF RATEPAYER ADVOCATES UNVEILS WEB REDESIGN
      SAN FRANCISCO (July 2, 2008) -- The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an
      independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC),
      today unveiled its redesigned website. This user friendly website is designed to improve the
      visitor’s experience in seeking information about consumer issues related to activities of
      investor-owned utilities in the areas of energy, communications, and water. The DRA website
      can be found at: www.dra.ca.gov
    • DRA SLASHES SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON COMPANY’S $858 MILLION RATE REQUEST
      San Francisco, April 15, 2008 - The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC), today issued its reports recommending a substantial reduction to Southern California Edison Company’s (SCE) requested revenue increase of $858 million (or 19.8%) in 2009. DRA recommends a more modest $156 million (or 3.6%) revenue increase based on its independent review of SCE’s cost estimates. Edison’s requested rate increase would raise the average residential customer’s electricity bill by $7.70 per month in 2009, while DRA’s recommendation would likely limit the increase to less than $0.50 per month.
    • DRA SUPPORTS COMMISSIONER SIMON’S BACK-UP POWER PROPOSAL
      SAN FRANCISCO, July 30, 2008 - The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an
      independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission
      (CPUC), today reminded consumers that the CPUC will soon have the opportunity to
      approve a decision that would protect Californians by creating requirements for
      telecommunications back-up power systems.