• California Water Service
    2017 General Rate Case



    On July 9, 2015, Cal Water filed its General Rate Case Application for its General Office and 23 districts, requesting approval to increase rates by:    

    • 2017:  $94.8 million or 16.5% 
    • 2018:  $23.0 million or 3.4% 
    • 2019:  $22.6 million or 3.3%  

    Specifically, Cal Water proposes increases for each of its districts as summarized in this Table from Cal Water’s Application. 


    CPUC Public Participation Hearings

    The CPUC will hold Public Participation Hearings throughout its service districts. See dates and details of issues linked below:

    Chico:  Manzanita Place • 1705 Manzanita Avenue • Chico, CA -- April 26, 2016, 6:00pm 

    Oroville: Manzanita Place • 1705 Manzanita Avenue • Chico, CA -- April 26, 2016, 6:00pm  

    Willows:  Manzanita Place • 1705 Manzanita Avenue • Chico, CA -- April 26, 2016, 6:00pm 

    Marysville:  CalTrans District 3 Building • Sierra Nevada Room • 703 B Street • Marysville, CA -- April 27, 2016, 6:30pm 


    Dixon:  Dixon City Council Chambers • 600 East A Street • Dixon, CA -- April 28, 2016, 6:00pm (Spanish Version) 



    CPUC Decision

    A final CPUC Decision is expected by the end of 2016.   



    ORA Position

    ORA performed an in-depth analysis of Cal Water’s general rate case proposal to ensure its requests are accurate, reasonable, and justified. ORA estimates Cal Water company-wide revenue increases / decreases of:    

    • 2017: $20.3 million (or 3.54%)
    • 2018: -$ 32,400 (or -0.01%); estimated, subject to change 
    • 2019: -$ 69,900 (or -0.01%); estimated, subject to change      

    ORA’s Table shows a comparison of its estimated revenue increases / decreases by district, compared with Cal Water’s proposal. 


    ORA finds that Cal Water has over-estimated its revenue needs, including in these key areas:  

    • Plant Investment:  ORA recommends an annual average of $55 million, compared with Cal Water’s company-wide proposal to construct an average of $238.1 million of capital projects per year.
    • Expenses:  ORA estimates lower total Operating & Maintenance and Administrative & General expenses, reflecting reductions in purchased services, enhanced maintenance, and employee pensions.

    See ORA's full analysis and report via its March 2, 2016 Testimony. 

    See ORA’s August 13, 2015 Protest to Cal Water’s rate case Application.    



    Proceeding Docket

    See the CPUC's Proceeding docket. 

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