• 2012 Press Releases

    • DRA Pleased that the CPUC Issued a Decision To Force Safety Improvements in PG&E’s Natural Gas Transmission Pipeline System(2)
      The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), the independent consumer advocacy division within the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC or Commission), is pleased that the CPUC issued a decision today on PG&E’s Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan (Plan) that will help improve PG&E’s Transmission Pipeline Safety. At the same time, DRA is disappointed that the Commission is letting PG&E charge its customers for more than 55% of the $2.2 billion in upgrades to its natural gas transmission pipeline infrastructure, when utility customers have already paid for those upgrades that they never got.
    • DRA Commends the CPUC for Imposing Lower Returns on Equity for Energy Utilities

      SAN FRANCISCO, December 20, 2012 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), the independent consumer advocate within the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), commends today’s CPUC decision adopting Cost of Capital for 2013 for California’s largest investor owned energy utilities - Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Southern California Edison Company (Edison), San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E), and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) –  which balances both the companies’ revenue needs and reflects market standards.  

    • DRA Responds to the Little Hoover Commission Report that Statewide Coordination is Necessary to Minimize Energy Costs for Customers,

      SAN FRANCISCO, December 3, 2012  - The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), the independent consumer advocate within the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), today issued its response to a report by the Little Hoover Commission, a bipartisan and independent state agency that, in part, opines on the efforts of the state to achieve its 33% renewable portfolio standard by 2020. 

    • ORA Information Alert: ORA Urges the CPUC to Immediately Remove the Non-Functioning San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station from Customer Rates
      SAN FRANCISCO, August 13, 2012 – DRA requests that President Peevey order SCE and SDG&E to immediately file Advice Letters to remove from rates the revenues authorized to recover all costs – capital investment related and expenses associated with SONGS, to be effective the date of the decision on the Advice Letters, and to continue for as long as the units are out of service. When either Unit 2 or Unit 3 recommences commercial operation, then both utilities can request that their SONGS revenue requirement be put back in rates.
    • DRA Finds Edison’s Cost of Capital Request is Out of Line with Today’s Market and Unfair to Customers
      SAN FRANCISCO, August 7, 2012 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), the independent consumer advocate within the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), on Monday presented evidence in the CPUC’s proceeding on Cost of Capital, finding that Southern California Edison’s (Edison) request for an 11.10% Return on Equity far exceeds both the company’s revenue needs and market standards.
    • DRA Finds SDG&E’s Cost of Capital Request is Out of Line with Today’s Market and Unfair to Customers
      SAN FRANCISCO, August 7, 2012 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), the independent consumer advocate within the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), on Monday presented evidence in the CPUC’s proceeding on Cost of Capital, finding that San Diego Gas & Electric Company’s (SDG&E) request for an 11.0% Return on Equity far exceeds both the company’s revenue needs and market standards.
    • DRA Finds PG&E’s Cost of Capital Request is Out of Line with Today’s Market and Unfair to Customers
      SAN FRANCISCO, August 7, 2012 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), the independent consumer advocate within the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), on Monday presented evidence in the CPUC’s proceeding on Cost of Capital, finding that Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) request for an 11% Return on Equity far exceeds both the company’s revenue needs and market standards.
    • DRA Recommends SoCalGas Shareholders, Not Customers, Should Bear Majority Of Gas Pipeline Safety Upgrade Costs

      SAN FRANCISCO, June 20, 2012 - The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), the independent consumer advocacy division within the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), on Tuesday recommended that shareholders of Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), not ratepayers, should fund the vast majority of the utility's natural gas pipeline safety upgrade costs, due to the company's failure to maintain its pipeline system as required under state and federal rules.  

    • DRA Urges the CPUC to Expand the Net Energy Metering Cap
      SAN FRANCISCO, May 22, 2012 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), the independent consumer advocate within the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), today urged the CPUC to adopt its proposed decision to expand the “net energy metering” (NEM) cap because it will benefit California consumers, as well as promote California’s goals for the economy and the environment.
    • DRA Recommends PG&E Shareholders, Not Customers, Bear Majority Of Gas Pipeline Safety Upgrade Costs
      SAN FRANCISCO, February 1, 2012 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), an independent consumer advocacy division within the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), on Tuesday recommended that shareholders of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), not ratepayers, should fund the vast majority of the utility’s natural gas pipeline safety upgrade costs due to the company’s mismanagement of its pipeline safety programs.
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