Office of Consumer Counsel
Rich Sobolewski is Supervisor of Utility Financial Analysis for the Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel. Dave Thompson is Utilities Examiner II for the Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel. Tyra Anne Peluso is Utilities Examiner for the Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel. J.R. (John) Viglione is Economist for the Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel.
PUF's Steve Mitnick: Tyra, what do you do as a utilities examiner?
Tyra Peluso: I participate in assigned proceedings to review utility filings and assist in the analysis and evaluation of financial statements and exhibits submitted by utilities in rate cases. I may draft interrogatories and conduct cross-examination of company witnesses. And may assist in the preparation of briefs and written exceptions. And other related duties as required.
PUF: What is the process?
Tyra Peluso: Typically the first step in the process is to review the company's filing or application to the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority. Including any pre-filed testimony that may have been included. And coordinate with the team to determine what concerns there may be and to what extent the Office [of Consumer Counsel] will be involved in the proceeding.
PUF: Do you help make decisions?
Tyra Peluso: I participate and make recommendations based on conclusions on behalf of the interests of consumers with respect to public utility matters.
PUF: John, what does an economist do at the Office of Consumer Advocate?