General Rate Case
A General Rate Case (GRC) is a regulatory proceeding conducted by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to determine rates for regulated utilities. Every three years, the CPUC conducts an open and transparent review of Golden State Water’s rate proposal to ensure customers receive a fair rate for reliable, quality water service.
The GRC process is very thorough and generally lasts 18 months with oversight from the Office of Ratepayer Advocates, a division of the CPUC that scrutinizes the filing on behalf of customers. The utility’s customers have an opportunity to participate in the GRC process by attending Public Participation Hearings and/or testifying in a public proceeding before an Administrative Law Judge.
Golden State Water Company 2016-2018 GRC Update
On Dec. 15, 2016, the CPUC announced its final decision for Golden State Water’s General Rate Case that determines water rates for 2016-18. After making minor corrections, the judge later issued a new Proposed Decision on January 27, which requires a full vote by the CPUC, which is expected to happen on March 2. Upon approval, Golden State Water will file Advice Letters for the new rates with a 45-day review period before the rates are implemented.
Click here to read the Proposed Decision.
Because the CPUC’s General Rate Case approval has been delayed, Golden State Water customers have been paying interim rates since Jan. 1, 2016. Golden State Water will utilize the 2016 Interim Rates Memorandum Account to refund any over-collected revenue or recover any under-collection from the interim rates period.