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Golden State Water Company:
2016 General Rate Case (GRC)



In July 2014, Golden State Water Company filed its Application requesting CPUC approval to adjust its rates for water service in its Region 1, 2, and 3 customer service areas by:

2016:  -$1.62 million or -0.50%  (reflecting $319 million in total revenue requirement)
2017:   $10.28 million or 3.21% 
2018:   $10.30 million or 3.12%

The CPUC held Public Participation Hearings in Golden State's service territory between November 13 and December 9, 2014. 



The Public Advocates Office (the Office) Position

The Office Report & Testimony

The Office performed in-depth analysis of Golden State's requests, and issued its full Report on March 6, 2015. The Office recommended that the CPUC adjust Golden State's total revenues for Regions 1, 2, and 3 by:  

2016: -$30.88 million or -9.60% (reflecting $291 million in total revenue requirement)  

2017: $4.48 million or 1.53%

2018: $2.76 million or 0.93%


See the Office's:

Partial Settlement Agreement & CPUC Final Decision

On July 6, 2015, the Office and Golden State filed a partial Settlement Agreement, resolving a wide range of issues including sales and most expenses. In May-June 2015, the Office participated in evidentiary hearings on the remaining contested issues, which included among other things capital budgets and executive compensation.

On December 21, 2016, the CPUC issued its decision adopting the partial Settlement Agreement and resolving the remaining contested issues. D. 16-12-067 as corrected by D.17-03-001 authorized a total Test Year 2016 revenue requirement of $296.675 million, which is $22.627 million lower than requested in Golden State's application.

 Gardena Water Quality Issues

On April 13, 2015, the CPUC issued a Ruling approving the Office's Motion to open a separate phase to address customer concerns regarding water quality in Gardena, CA. The Office recommended among other things additional reporting requirements:

  • to facilitate the CPUC's monitoring of Golden State's compliance with the State Water Resource Control Board directives, and
  • to ensure Golden State's actions to resolve water quality issues in Gardena are adequate and cost-effective.

In D.15-12-036, the CPUC adopted the the Office-Golden State settlement agreement, which reflects the Office's recommendations.


See the Office's:  


Proceeding Status

See the Proceeding docket.


Other Resources

Golden State Water Rates Assistance Program


The Office Archives

2013 - 2015 GSWC General Rate Case