For the last ten years, the topic of commercial waste collection zones— defined as specific areas of municipalities that are assigned to contractors for collection services—has gained traction both inside and outside the trash industry. And while there are both pros and cons to franchise zoning systems, the industry is split when it comes to supporting the concept.
The CPUC sets rates every three years in a public process, which includes public participation hearings held throughout SCE’s 50,000-square-mile service area. SCE files thousands of pages of documents to detail why the funding is needed and responds to requests from the commission’s public interest arm, the Office of Ratepayer Advocates, and other public interest groups.
Most people understand that utility bills are a necessary evil if they want to live in the modern world – even if utility bills eat up a large portion of monthly income. That said, few are willing to pay more than they should be paying, and yet, according to a stunning new report, some people are paying more than they should. A lot more.
When speaking with many community managers, I often hear this: “We will just install water sub meters” in response to their ever increasing water and sewer utility costs. However, this choice is much more complicated and treacherous than is seems.
Even though the lawsuit against LADWP was finalized on July 7th, 2017, it doesn’t mean that the ongoing utility billing errors, overcharges, delayed bills, or estimated bills are gone. We have certainly not seen any decline in LADWP’s utility billing errors since 2014.
Believe it or not, the vast majority of associations and businesses pay their utility bills largely by guesswork. Since these services are essential to operations, most people pay the utility bills without question. In so doing, you are probably paying considerably more than you should!