CPUC to hold hearing in Weed on Pacific Power rate increase request

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

The California Public Utilities Commission will be hearing public comments about Pacific Power’s request to increase rates during Public Participation Hearings scheduled for Oct. 29 in Weed and Oct. 30 in Crescent City.

The hearing in Weed is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. in the City of Weed Council Chambers at 550 Main St.

For more details about the hearing, see: https://www.pacificpower.net/content/dam/pacificorp/doc/CCCom_Update/2018/September_2018/PP_CA_GRC_PPH_Onsert_F.pdf

According to a notice about the hearing published by Pacific Power, an Administrative Law Judge will preside over the hearing. CPUC Commissioners are invited to attend, but it was unknown at the time the notice was published whether any will attend.

The notice contains the following details about Pacific Power’s rate increase request:

On April 12, 2018, Pacific Power filed an application with the CPUC requesting to increase revenues for its 2019 General Rate Case.

As stated in the notice, “Pacific Power requested to increase revenues by $1.06 million in 2019 from current revenues of $101 million.

“Although the increase will only occur in 2019, this GRC will cover years 2020 and 2021. Pacific Power is requesting this increase to invest in its infrastructure and transition to a cleaner energy system (renewable sources).

“Based on all the information presented in this proceeding, the CPUC will determine the rates Pacific Power will be allowed to charge its customers to collect the revenue approved for 2019.

“A typical residential customer using 850 kilowatt-hours per month would see an increase of approximately $2.49 (or 1.9%) on their monthly bill from $142.42 to $144.91.”

This is the first General Rate case Pacific Power has filed since 2009. Pacific Power states that the requested increase in revenue in this GRC will be used to make the following investments:

• Upgrading the system of power plants, poles, wires, and equipment needed to deliver electricity to Pacific Power customers.

• Increasing safety in the operation of electric facilities.

• Modernizing and strengthening the company infrastructure to support clean technology and integrate resources such as wind energy and other renewables.

• Improving customer service support and providing customers with choice and control over their energy usage.

• Continuing improvements of emergency preparedness and coordination with public safety organizations.

Customer service representatives from Pacific Power will also attend the hearing to help with customer billing and/or service questions, according to the notice.

The hearing location is wheelchair accessible. If you need other arrangements, such as language interpretation, you can contact the CPUC’s Public Advisor’s Office at least five days before the hearing.

California Public Utilities Commission Public Advisor’s Office is located at 505 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco 94102. The email address is: public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov. Call: 1-415-703-2074; toll-free: 1-866-849-8390; TTY: 1-415-703-5282; TTY toll free: 1-866-836-7825.