Tuesday, January 27, 2009

BEL tried to block rate decrease

Nineteen days ago on Tuesday, January 7th, we told you that your light bill would be going down by thirteen percent....but, not so fast, or if BEL has its way, maybe not at all! Last Thursday, the utility went to court requesting an injunction against the new rate package. BEL’s complaint is that it was passed without inviting comment from BEL or the public – which is a procedural necessity.

The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has delayed the implementation of its amendments to the 2008 ARP Final Decision for BEL in order to undertake public consultation. Toward this end, the PUC issued a public notice today, inviting comments from interested persons.

The PUC will receive written comments until Wednesday, February 4th, 2009. It intends to issue its decision to either confirm or further amend the Amendment to the 2008 Annual Review Proceeding Final Decision on Friday, February 6th, 2009. The Commission’s public notice is being published in the Tuesday edition of the Amandala, and the weekend editions of other widely circulated newspapers. Your light bill for January will go down sharply – by more than ten percent.
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