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California Energy Markets / This Week
[CEM 1349 / August 28, 2015]
Discord Surfaces at CPUC Over Ex Parte Rules
The CPUC's effort to review its ex parte rules got input from administrative law judges who said that so far, they have been left out of a process that will change rules that impact them as decision-makers. Judges, like any CPUC staff, can submit written comments on the decision, but the ALJs felt they should have special input into the process. CPUC President Michael Picker stated that judges shouldn't view themselves as "exceptional" to the CPUC's direction.
Navy Signs Record-Breaking Solar Contract
The U.S. Department of the Navy has signed a 25-year contract for 150 MW from Sempra U.S. Gas & Power's Mesquite Solar 3 project in Arizona. The contract, executed by the Western Area Power Administration on behalf of the Navy, will supply power for 14 naval and Marine Corps installations in California, and represents the single largest purchase of renewable energy to date by a federal entity.
LADWP Agrees to Pay $44 Million to Settle Billing-Error Lawsuits
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The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power has reached an agreement to settle four class-action lawsuits stemming from the glitch-ridden launch of the public utility's new customer care and billing system. Under the proposed $44 million settlement, customers who were incorrectly charged due to the launch of the new system will be entitled to bill credits or refunds, most amounting to $10 or less. LADWP has also agreed to have an independent monitor report on its progress in fixing the billing system and verify the accuracy of refunds and credits.
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