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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CUSTOMERS SAVE $2B ON ELECTRIC & GAS BILLS
TURN won a CPUC decision slashing PG&E’s 2020–2022 General Rate Case rate increase by half, saving Northern California customers $2 billion. The decision also expanded CPUC review of PG&E spending for vegetation management and other wildfire costs related to hardening the electrical grid. This victory was the result of a heroic effort by TURN legal staff who submitted thousands of pages of testimony, as well as the contributions of hundreds of TURN members who made phone calls to public hearings, sent in letters, and supported our work with your generous contributions.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CUSTOMERS SAVE $2.4B ON ELECTRIC BILLS
TURN won a CPUC decision requiring major reductions to SoCal Edison’s 2021–2023 General Rate Case rate increase, saving Southern California customers $2.4 billion. This victory was a result of a heroic effort by TURN legal staff to submit thousands of pages of testimony fighting the rate increase, as well as the contributions of hundreds of TURN members who made phone calls to public hearings, sent in letters opposing the increases, and supported our work with special contributions.
FRONTIER CUSTOMERS WIN $1.75B IN BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE
The CPUC approved the TURN proposal to require Frontier to invest $1.75 billion in California to improve service quality, and to build out fiber-to-the-home facilities for 350,000 Frontier households. The settlement requires that almost a third of the locations would be in “less profitable” areas and includes detailed financial and service quality reporting, increased customer credits for service outages, additional worker training, short term rate freezes, and specific buildout for tribal areas. These provisions were adopted by the CPUC as requirements for Frontier to emerge from bankruptcy. TURN worked in partnership with the Public Advocates Office, Communications Workers of America, and the Yurok Tribe to ensure that Frontier would be held accountable to share benefits with all customers.
CALIFORNIA FAMILIES WIN FAIR PHONE RATES TO STAY CONNECTED
TURN won a CPUC Interim Decision that reduces phone rates to $.07 per minute to keep families in touch with their incarcerated loved ones. The Commission found that monthly phone bills—often exceeding $100 a month—were not just and reasonable and put incarcerated persons and their families at risk of losing the ability to communicate with loved ones and support systems. TURN organizing staff worked with over a dozen prison justice groups in and outside of California to facilitate their involvement in the CPUC proceedings, and to use their expertise to strengthen TURN advocacy.