Sound bites from state and federal regulators.
Gas Competition. Indiana finds that competition in the gas industry has "not directly benefitted" residential and small commercial customers, in first annual report to legislature on energy policy. July 1, 1996 (Ind.U.R.C.).
Gas DSM. Idaho cites declining need for demand-side management in light of new appliance efficiency standards. Tells Intermountain Gas Co. to end water heater rebates. Case No. INT-G-96-4, Order No. 26546, Aug. 1, 1996 (Idaho P.U.C.).
Gas Price Forecasts. Southern California Gas Co. may switch from biennial to monthly price forecasts in setting rates for gas-supply customers to mitigate mismatch between wholesale gas prices and retail gas rates. Application 96-03-060, Decision 96-08-037, Aug. 2, 1996 (Cal.P.U.C.).
Meter Readings. North Carolina revises rules for gas billing adjustments for incorrect meter readings: Utilities must refund overcharges for up to three years, but can backbill for only one year. Dkt. No. G-100, Sub 71, Aug. 1, 1996 (N.C.U.C.).
Local Call Discounts. Hawaii OKs plan by GTE Hawaiian Telephone Co. to offer discounted message toll service to select customers, if carrier imputes full tariffed rate for the monopoly component (access service) that it charges to long-distance carriers. Dkt. No. 95-0073, Decision and Order No. 14754, June 28, 1996 (Hawaii P.U.C.).
Long Distance Bills. Ohio cites advancing technology, bars local telephone carriers from disconnecting local service for nonpayment of toll charges, or as a "tool used to enforce payment on uncollected debt for toll services." Case No. 95-790-TP-COI, June 12, 1996 (Ohio P.U.C.).
Telco Price Caps. Rhode Island OKs price cap plan for NYNEX, eliminating provision for earnings sharing from prior four-year trial on price regulation, boosting productivity factor from 3 to 4 percent, and adding a service quality adjustment factor. Dkt. No. 2370, June 25, 1996 (R.I.P.U.C.). t
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