Great Oaks Water
2016 General Rate Case (GRC)
Oaks Water Company’s water system is located in San Jose, California and
consists of one consolidated service area, serving approximately 20,500 service
July 1, 2015, Great Oaks Water Company submitted its Application
to the CPUC requesting authorization to increase rates for water service over
- 2016: $1.4
million or 8.5 %
- 2017: $1.1
million or 5.71%
- 2018: $0.7
million or 3.51%
Oaks' proposal is driven by increases these key areas:
million in Capital Additions
- $357,000 in
Employee Salaries and Benefits
- $165,000 in
Purchased Power expense
- $365,000 in
Administrative and General Expense
- $143,000 in
Operations & Maintenance expense
On February 26, 2016 ORA and Great Oaks jointly filed a comprehensive proposed Settlement agreement requesting CPUC approval to adjust customer rates downward.
- July 1, 2016: -$1.15 million or a 6.8% decrease
Highlights of the Joint Settlement include reductions in Great Oaks initial request:
- $2.28 million decrease in Capital Additions
- $960 million decrease in Pump-Tax expense
- $174,000 decrease in Employee Benefits
The Joint Settlement covered all items, and no contested issues remained.
Final CPUC Decision
On May 26, 2016, the CPUC issued its Final Decision adopting the Settlement.
ORA supports the Settlement because it allows Great Oaks to provide safe and reliable service to its customers, while reducing customer rates.
made an in-depth review of Great Oaks' Application,
base increases, primarily impacted by new plant additions.
to its Monterey-Style Water Revenue Adjustment Mechanism (“WRAM”).
for employee health insurance and employee payroll.
of its WaterSmart Software conservation program.
accuracy and propriety of Great Oaks’ sales forecasting methodology.
for discounts and expenses associated with its Low Income Customer
level of forecasted expenses.
ORA's October 19, 2015 Testimony.
ORA’s August 3, 2015 Protest
to Great Oaks’ GRC Application.
the CPUC Proceedingdocket.
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