Gino DiCaro

Request made for inventory of ratepayer-funded GHG programs

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, Jan. 4, 2008 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

"How much will it cost?"  

It is a question asked in all sorts of situations, every day.  And on Dec. 11, it was asked of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), about the growing number of ratepayer-funded programs aimed at reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs).

CMTA and an ad hoc group of organizations representing consumers large and small, filed a motion at the CPUC requesting an inventory of all ratepayer-funded GHG reduction programs and funding levels in place or currently under consideration.
Currently, the CPUC has three major proceedings relating to climate change, all of which will have significant rate implications for utility customers.  New proposals for increases in ratepayer funding are pending.

To better inform the CPUC's consideration of these and future funding requests, a complete inventory of GHG reduction programs would be particularly useful.  Without this information, the CPUC will be in a position of having to make a determination on the value of new programs without knowing the cumulative impact of all such programs on ratepayers, or whether the amounts collected are being spent as efficiently as possible.

There is also a substantial risk that funding such programs in a piecemeal manner, without clear coordination, creates overlap and unnecessary expenditure.
Achieving a more comprehensive view and, hopefully, greater coordination of these programs should assist the CPUC's efforts to maximize the benefits gained from rate-funded programs and minimize the cost burden on California's regulated utility
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