• 2010 Press Releases

    • DRA Concerned by CPUC Approval of Flawed $300 Million Ivanpah Transmission Line
      SAN FRANCISCO, December 16, 2010 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), today said it is disappointed by the CPUC’s decision to approve $300 million for the unsound Southern California Edison (Edison) Eldorado-Ivanpah transmission line that is purported to connect renewable generation to the grid.
    • DRA Applauds SDG&E and SoCalGas for Commitment to Minimize Service Disconnections
      SAN FRANCISCO, December 16, 2010 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), today commended the CPUC, San Diego Gas and Electric Company (SDG&E), and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) for working with DRA and other consumer groups (Disability Rights Advocates, The Greenlining Institute, The National Consumer Law Center, and The Utility Reform) to set the standard for reducing service disconnections in California.
    • DRA Predicts Rate Shock for Monterey Desalination Customers Due to Lack of CPUC Protection
      SAN FRANCISCO, December 2, 2010 – The California Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy office housed within the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), today said it is disappointed and concerned about the CPUC’s decision to approve a desalination project on the Monterey Peninsula without adequately protecting ratepayers in the future.
    • DRA Opposes Monterey Regional Desalination Agreement
      SAN FRANCISCO, March 30, 2010 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), opposes the Water Purchase Agreement for regional desalination facilities announced today by the Marina Coast Water District, the Monterey County Water Resources Agency, and the California American Water Company (Cal Am) because, if implemented, it will result in unacceptably high costs, unfair risks and a lack of accountability to Monterey Peninsula ratepayers.
    • DRA Applauds Extension of LifeLine Rate Cap
      SAN FRANCISCO, November 19, 2010 – The California Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy office within the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), today commended the CPUC for its adoption of an extension of current rates for the statewide program that offers vital telephone discounts to 1.8 million low-income California residents.
    • DRA Applauds New Rules on Phone Bill Cramming
      SAN FRANCISCO, October 28, 2010 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), applauds new rules adopted today that seek to protect consumers from receiving unauthorized charges on their telephone bills.
    • DRA Commends the CPUC for Instituting Utility Billing Reforms Aimed at Helping California’s Small Businesses
      SAN FRANCISCO, October 28, 2010 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), commends the CPUC’s adoption of utility billing reforms, which will ease financial burdens for small businesses.
    • DRA Seeks Telephone Rate Relief for California’s Working Poor
      SAN FRANCISCO, October 26, 2010 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), today requested that the CPUC extend price controls on basic residential telephone rates that are set to expire on January 1, 2011.
    • DRA Warns That PG&E’s Proposed Oakley Power Plant Remains Unneeded
      SAN FRANCISCO, October 26, 2010 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent
      consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), today warns
      Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) customers that the utility continues to seek approval for a
      new power plant in Oakley, Calif., that, if approved, would sock ratepayers with $1.5-billion in costs
      for unneeded new electric capacity of 586 megawatts.
    • DRA Releases “California’s Solar PV Paradox,” a Report on Solar Cost Trends
      SAN FRANCISCO, October 12, 2010 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), today released its report on solar cost trends, California’s Solar PV Paradox. The report finds that despite falling costs of solar photovoltaic (PV) production worldwide, prices for large-scale utility-owned solar in California are increasing.
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