• 2011 Press Releases

    • DRA and TURN Urge CPUC to Put Pipeline Safety Before Smart Meters
      November 16, 2011, San Francisco—Consumers throughout southern California will face drastically higher gas bills if their utility company is permitted to install “smart” gas meters.  The Utility Reform Network (TURN) and the Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today filed a joint petition to modify the CPUC’s order allowing Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) to install the meters.
    • DRA Concerned for Small Business Customers, Who Will Face New Energy Pricing Structure in 2012
      SAN FRANCISCO, November 10, 2011 - The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), today expressed its concern for small business owners who, under a decision approved by the CPUC, could see significant rate increases from their utility bills in the coming years.
    • DRA Troubled By Continued CPUC Approval of Overpriced Renewable Projects
      SAN FRANCISCO, November 10, 2011 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), today expressed its disappointment with the CPUC’s approval of Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) request to build the Abengoa solar project in the Mojave Desert.
    • DRA Recommends Rate Decrease for SDG&E Customers
      SAN FRANCISCO, September 2, 2011 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), on Thursday issued a report that recommends the CPUC direct San Diego Gas and Electric Company (SDG&E) to decrease revenues by 3 percent in 2012, resulting in no cumulative revenue increase between 2012 and 2015.
    • DRA Recommends Rate Decrease for SoCalGas Customers
      SAN FRANCISCO, September 2, 2011 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), on Thursday issued a report that recommends the CPUC direct Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) to decrease revenues by 3.7 percent in 2012, resulting in a cumulative revenue decrease of $50 million between 2012 and 2015.
    • DRA Finds New CPUC Smart Grid Privacy Rules Provide Consumer Protections, But Don’t Go Far Enough
      SAN FRANCISCO, July 28, 2011 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), said that on balance, the CPUC’s decision today adopts smart grid privacy rules based on sound principles.  However, DRA is disappointed that the decision does not apply those rules to all entities, beyond the investor owned energy utilities, thereby creating loopholes that will leave customers vulnerable.
    • DRA Declares Proposed Residential Customer Charges on Electric Bills Are Illegal
      SAN FRANCISCO, May 3, 2011 –  The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), urges the CPUC to reject Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E’s) proposed introduction of a special charge for residential customers.
    • DRA Calls For 80 Percent Reduction to Edison's $4.6 Billion Revenue Increase Request
      SAN FRANCISCO, May 12, 2011 –  The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), on Wednesday released a report calling for a $3.7 billion reduction to Southern California Edison’s requested revenue  increases taking effect in 2012.
    • DRA Requests That Cal Am Shareholders, Not Customers, Pay For $138 Million San Clemente Dam Removal
      SAN FRANCISCO, May 6, 2011 –  The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) supports the goals of the removal of the San Clemente Dam on the Carmel River but has requested that the CPUC prevent California American Water Company (Cal Am) from charging its Monterey Peninsula customers for that project.  Cal Am proposes to collect $138 million over twenty years from its water customers to fund the project. 

       

    • DRA Applauds CPUC Action to Establish Need, Cost, and Risk Criteria for Renewable Power Owned by Utilities
      SAN FRANCISCO, March 24, 2011 –  The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), today commended the CPUC’s decision to deny Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) application for the $911 million Manzana wind project in Kern County, and to establish need, cost and risk criteria for future utility-owned generation requests.
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