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CPUC May Reaffirm General Rate Case Process

The California Public Utilities Commission may vote Nov. 30 to reaffirm that small local exchange carriers file general rate cases (GRC) by application. Filing them by advice letter isn’t permitted, said the proposed decision in docket R.11-11-007. Small LECs argue…

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that filing rate cases by advice letter would be more efficient and cost-effective. But the CPUC draft said “the application process provides more transparency, allows for evidentiary hearings as needed, and establishes a process for considering controversial issues and updates to existing policy.” By contrast, the advice letter method “is an informal process that leaves the resolution of potentially controversial GRC issues up to Commission staff and utility staff with no explicit transparent process for hearings and other public meetings.”