The CPUC is holding a number of Public Participation Hearings throughout the state to hear from consumer on a number of issues.
In May the CPUC is continuing to hold Public Participation Hearings regarding the Application of California Water Service Company for approval to increase rates for water service by $92,765,000 or 19.4 percent in 2014; by $17,240,000 or 3 percent on January 1, 2015; and by $16,950,000 or 2.9 percent on January 1, 2016, in accordance with the Rate Case Plan.
May through June, the CPUC will hold Public Participation Hearings in various areas of the state to provide an opportunity for customers of PG&E to communicate directly with the CPUC regarding PG&E’s General Rate Case Phase 1 Application.
Also starting in May and continuing through August, the CPUC will hold Public Participation Hearings in various areas of the state to discuss potential changes to the California LifeLine program, such as new discount levels; expanding the services eligible for the discount, including wireless Lifeline service, Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), and other non-traditional services, and what these services might include; continued support for application of discounts to installation charges; pros and cons of pre-qualification of potential Lifeline customers; and, other topics of interest to California LifeLine subscribers or potential applicants.
Comments from the public can help the CPUC reach an informed decision, and consumers are encouraged to attend.
Written comments may be submitted to: CPUC Public Advisor, 505 Van Ness Ave., Room 2103, San Francisco, CA 94102 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All public comments received are provided to the CPUC’s Commissioners and the Administrative Law Judge assigned to the case.
For more information on these Public Participation Hearings, including dates and locations, please see the CPUC’s Public Participation webpage
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On Thursday April 11, 2013, the CPUC co-sponsored the Bakersfield Small Business Expo at the Bakersfield Marriott and Convention Center.
The event began with brief comments given by Robert Padilla, High Speed Rail. He introduced CPUC Commissioner Catherine J.K. Sandoval who gave the opening address. There was a presentation and panel discussion on “Connecting Small/DVBE Businesses with Utility Contracts”. Salvador Enriquez from PG&E gave the presentation and then each panel member (the utilities and the CPUC’s Supplier Clearinghouse) gave tips and comments on how to connect with their company. The event was attended by 250 local business owners.
There was also an expo area with 35 exhibitors from federal, state, and local agencies (city/county); utilities; and chambers and small business resources providers. Exhibitors included: SBA, SBDC, CPUC, DGS, Kern County, High Speed Rail, WBENC, NAWBO, Supplier Clearinghouse, Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, Kern County Minority Contractors, Kern Waste Management, CA DVBE Alliance, and others.
There was also a matchmaking forum where approximately 350 matchmaking sessions were conducted by state agencies, local agencies, and utilities. Buyers conducted individual 10 minute meetings with potential small and diverse suppliers.
Finally, there were three workshops that took place: Access to Capital (conducted in conjunction with the Bakersfield Small Business Development Center), Small Businesses Go Green (presented by PG&E, a co-host of the event), and Certified Now What: Marketing Your Business to Public Agencies and Utilities (held by the Department of General Services).
It was a well-attended, lively event and the CPUC looks forward to conducting more such events in the future.
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