2017 Annual Update from the Executive Director
Donald M. Kelly
UCAN’S ADVOCACY BEFORE THE CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION (CPUC)
- UCAN opposes SDG&E’s new $639 million pipeline request. SDG&E has an old pipeline that supplies 10% of their gas pipeline capacity. SDG&E has proposed to replace this old gas pipeline with a new, much larger, $639 million pipeline. While UCAN always supports safety and reliability, we oppose SDG&E’s attempt to increase rates to pay for a much larger pipeline in an era of decreasing gas demand and at a time when the state is moving away from the use of fossil fuels. UCAN’s pipeline expert is examining SDG&E’s proposal looking for cost effective alternatives.
- UCAN opposes SDG&E’s request to charge ratepayers $379 million to cover uninsured costs from the 2007 wildfires.SDG&E equipment started two wildfires in October 2007 that resulted in 2 fatalities, significant property destruction, and thousands of evacuations. UCAN believes that SDG&E shareholders should be responsible for these costs, not the ratepayers.
- UCAN seeks uniform standards for how utilities measure risk and fund their safety plans. The CPUC is examining how California utilities measure risk and how much ratepayer money the utilities spend to mitigate those risks. UCAN believes that the CPUC should require a uniform method to evaluate risk so that money spent on safety can be easily compared between utilities to see how cost effective those expenditures were, and how much risk reduction was achieved for each dollar spent.
UCAN’S WATER PROJECT ADVOCACY
- UCAN’s proposal for independent expert advice on San Diego water rates. In November 2015 the City Council approved a massive 5-year water rate increase for customers. At that time the City’s Public Utilities Department (PUD) presented only one rate option for the Council to consider. UCAN is now proposing that the Council obtain the advice of an independent water rate consultant with the expertise to examine in detail the water department's assumptions, estimates and forecasts and whose mission will be to advocate for the lowest possible water rates consistent with safe and reliable service.
- UCAN proposals to provide better oversight of the San Diego’s Public Utilities Department (PUD). San Diego’s Independent Rates and Oversight Committee (IROC) is a citizen oversight committee that provides to the City Council recommendations regarding the operations of the City’s Public Utilities Department. UCAN is seeking to also provide IROC with the added resource of an independent water rate expert to enhance their ability to provide citizen oversight on water issues.
LET UCAN ADVOCATES HELP YOU WITH UTILITY SERVICE AND BILLING DISPUTES
UCAN advocates are always available to provide assistance to electric, gas, telephone and water ratepayers, especially helping customers resolve billing disputes and avoid service interruptions. Over the past year, UCAN has worked on over 200 cases, assisting San Diego County ratepayers with billing, utility shutoffs, and questions about energy, water, and telecomm services. If you need our help, we are here for you so please call us at (619) 696-6966 or fill out a request for assistance form at www.UCAN.org
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