• Great Oaks Water
    2016 General Rate Case (GRC)


    Great Oaks Water Company’s water system is located in San Jose, California and consists of one consolidated service area, serving approximately 20,500 service connections.  

    On July 1, 2015, Great Oaks Water Company submitted its Application to the CPUC requesting authorization to increase rates for water service over present levels:  

    • 2016: $1.4 million or 8.5 % 
    • 2017: $1.1 million or 5.71% 
    • 2018: $0.7 million or 3.51% 

    Specifically, Great Oaks' proposal is driven by increases these key areas:  

    • $4.4 million in Capital Additions over 2014/2015  
    • $357,000 in Employee Salaries and Benefits over 2013/2014 
    • $165,000 in Purchased Power expense 
    • $365,000 in Administrative and General Expense over 2013/2014 
    • $143,000 in Operations & Maintenance expense over 2013/2014 


    ORA’s Policy Position

    ORA made an initial review of Great Oaks' Application and filed a protest, finding that several proposals by Great Oaks may require evidentiary hearings, including:  

    • Rate base increases, primarily impacted by new plant additions. 
    • Modification to its Monterey-Style Water Revenue Adjustment Mechanism (“WRAM”). 
    • Increases for employee health insurance and employee payroll. 
    • Expansion of its WaterSmart Software conservation program. 
    • The accuracy and propriety of Great Oaks’ sales forecasting methodology. 
    • Surcharge for discounts and expenses associated with its Low Income Customer Assistance Program. 
    • Appropriate level of forecasted expenses. 

    See ORA's October 19, 2015 Testimony.

    See ORA’s August 3, 2015 Protest to Great Oaks’ GRC Application. 

    Proceeding Docket  

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