• 2013 Press Releases

    • INFORMATION ALERT: State Changes DRA's Name to ORA - Office of Ratepayer Advocates

      INFORMATION ALERT State Changes DRA's Name to "ORA Office of Ratepayer Advocates" October 1, 2013) The Office of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA) is California’s independent consumer advocacy organization representing customers of investor owned utilities. On September 26, 2013 the governor signed

    • INFORMATION ALERT: ORA Files Motion Urging CPUC to Require PG&E Quality Assurance/Quality Control Plan for Pipeline Safety UpgradesSAN FRANCISCO, July 8, 2013 – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), the independent consumer advocate within the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC/Commission), today filed a Motion urging the CPUC to direct PG&E to prepare a Quality Assurance/Quality Control plan as part of its multi-billion dollar natural gas pipeline safety upgrade plans. A proactive Quality Assurance/Quality Control plan on such a large project is essential to safety and also needed for risk management purposes according to DRA. PG&E is in the process of revising its pipeline upgrade plan approved by the CPUC last December and is required to submit the revised plan to the CPUC for review. DRA seeks an order directing PG&E to also develop and submit a Quality Assurance/Quality Control plan for the pipeline safety project along with its revised plan.
    • DRA FORUM: “Digital Communications in the United States: Should Broadband Communications be a Public Utility Service?” with Susan Crawford

      SAN FRANCISCO, May 7, 2013 - The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), the independent consumer advocate within the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), will host a thought provoking presentation and dialogue with Roosevelt Institute Fellow Susan Crawford on: “Digital Communications in the United States: Should Broadband Communications be a Public Utility Service?”

    • DRA Commends the CPUC for Approving Long-Term ProcurementSAN FRANCISCO, February 13, 2013 - The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), the independent consumer advocate within the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), commends the CPUC for today’s decision requiring Southern California Edison Company (Edison) to acquire energy resources for the Los Angeles Basin that integrate cleaner energy resources such as energy efficiency and demand response.