• 2009 Press Releases

    • DRA Opposes $36 Million Overpayment for Poorly Performing Utility Energy Efficiency Programs
      SAN FRANCISCO, December 17, 2009 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), said today it strongly opposes the CPUC’s decision to overpay shareholder bonuses to four investor-owned utilities for their 2006-2008 energy efficiency program activities.
    • DRA Opposes Massive Ratepayer Subsidy for Broadband Project With No Oversight
      SAN FRANCISCO, December 3, 2009 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), strongly opposes another give-away of ratepayer money to companies for building broadband facilities with no CPUC oversight.
    • DRA Supports the CPUC’s Approval of the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project
      SAN FRANCISCO, November 19, 2009 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), today said it supports the CPUC’s approval of a decision granting of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) for the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project (TRTP).
    • DRA Releases Report On California Energy Utility Service Disconnections: 19 Percent More Low Income Households Disconnected In Past Year
      SAN FRANCISCO, November 19, 2009 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), today released its Status Report on Energy Utility Service Disconnections, which finds a troubling trend of increased disconnections of low income utility customers throughout the state.
    • DRA Succeeds In Ensuring Customers Will Benefit From The Verizon CA / Frontier Sale
      SAN FRANCISCO, October 29, 2009 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an
      independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC),
      successfully advocated on behalf of telephone customers affected by a major merger. Today, by
      a vote of 5-0, the CPUC adopted a negotiated settlement agreement between DRA, The Utility
      Reform Network (TURN), Verizon CA and Frontier for a merger that involves the sale of some
      Verizon properties to Frontier.
    • DRA Saves Ratepayers $3.4 Million in Sierra Pacific Power Company’s General Rate Case
      SAN FRANCISCO, October 29, 2009 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an
      independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission
      (CPUC), applauds the CPUC for adopting an all-party settlement agreement on Sierra
      Pacific Power Company’s General Rate Case (GRC).
    • DRA Says CPUC Fails to Hold AT&T Responsible for Illegal Rate Increases
      SAN FRANCISCO, October 15, 2009 -- The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), strongly opposes the CPUC’s resolution today that fails to require setting an Order to Show Cause (OSC) hearing to determine whether to hold AT&T accountable for rate increases enacted without authority to do so. While today’s resolution acknowledges AT&T’s “egregious” behavior, it falls short of holding AT&T accountable, said the DRA.
    • DRA Applauds CPUC Vote to Deny SDG&E De-Energization Plan
      SAN FRANCISCO, September 14, 2009 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), applauds the CPUC’s decision Thursday to deny San Diego Gas and Electric Company’s (SDG&E) application to proactively shut off power to certain areas within its service territory during the fire season without any liability for costs or negative impacts caused by the shut-off.
    • DRA Beats New Fees for California Ratepayers
      SAN FRANCISCO, August 27, 2009 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), applauds the CPUC’s decision to deny authorization for the state’s largest telephone carriers to add a new fee to customer bills.
    • DRA Urges More Accountability for $3 Billion Ratepayer-Funded Energy Efficiency Budget
      SAN FRANCISCO, August 24, 2009 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), applauds the CPUC’s strategic shift to a more progressive model by its approval of the energy efficiency budgets and plans of California’s largest energy utilities. The portfolio decision will transform the way Californian’s use energy through energy efficiency programs. But despite the improvements articulated in today’s decision there is still a continuing need for stronger mechanisms to ensure transparency and accountability in the utilities’ use of the billions of dollars of ratepayer money that is stake.
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