BVES Application No. 18-12-019

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION HEARING
GOLDEN STATE WATER COMPANY, GOLDEN STATE WATER COMPANY ON BEHALF OF ITS BEAR VALLEY ELECTRIC SERVICE DIVISION AND BEAR VALLEY ELECTRIC SERVICE, INC. FOR AUTHORITY TO IMPLEMENT A CORPORATE REORGANIZATION PLAN THAT WILL TRANSFER THE ELECTRIC UTILITY OPERATIONS OF BEAR VALLEY ELECTRIC SERVICE DIVISION TO BEAR VALLEY ELECTRIC SERVICE, INC.
APPLICATION NO. 18-12-019

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is interested in hearing from you regarding Golden State Water Company’s Bear Valley Electric Service (BVES) Division’s request in Application No. 18-12-019 for authorization to transfer its electric service division’s operations to a newly formed sister corporation, Bear Valley Electric Service, Inc. (BVES NewCo). The Public Participation Hearing (PPH) is scheduled for the date, time and location listed below.

An Administrative Law Judge (Judge) will be presiding at this PPH to listen to concerns, comments, and opinions on this application. One or more Commissioners may attend, but no decisions will be reached at these hearings. All public comments from these PPHs will be included in the formal record and become public record.

The hearing’s location is wheel-chair accessible. If you need a non-English speaking interpreter or special assistance, please contact the CPUC Advisor’s Office (PAO) at the address listed at the bottom of this notice at least five days in advance of the hearing date.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION HEARING FOR APPLICATION NO. 18-12-019
July 16, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
The Lodge at Big Bear Lake
40650 Village Drive
Big Bear Lake, California

INFORMATION ABOUT THE APPLICATION
On December 14, 2018, GSWC, BVES and BVES NewCo filed Application 18-12-019 with the CPUC requesting authorization for a corporate reorganization (Plan) that would remove BVES as a division of Golden State Water Company (GSWC) and transfer all electric utility operations of BVES to a newly formed entity, BVES NewCo, which would operate as a separate standalone subsidiary of American States Water Company (AWR).

If the CPUC approves the Application, the proposed Plan would have minimal or no impact on GSWC’s or BVES’ day-to-day operations, the quality of service provided to their respective water or electric utility customers, or the rates charged to water or electric utility customers. Instead, GSWC anticipates that in the long term, the plan would improve both water and electric utility operations. Both GSWC and the proposed BVES NewCo would remain subject to regulation by the CPUC after implementation of the Plan.

A copy of the application and related exhibits and work papers may be examined at the following location:
Bear Valley Electric Service office located 42020 Garstin Drive, Big Bear Lake, California 92315.

If you need additional information, you may call our office at 909-866-4678.

A hard copy can be reviewed at the CPUC’s Central Files Office by appointment. For more information, contact aljcentralfilesid@cpuc.ca.gov or (415) 703-2045.

CPUC PROCESS
This application has been assigned to a Judge who will determine how to receive evidence and other related documents, necessary for the CPUC to establish a record upon which to base its decision. Evidentiary Hearings (EHs) may be held where parties of record will present their testimony and may be subject to crossexamination by other parties. These EHs are open to the public, but only those who are parties of record can participate.

After considering all proposals and evidence presented during the formal hearing process, the assigned Judge will issue a proposed decision which may adopt the Plan, modify it or deny it. Any CPUC Commissioner may sponsor an alternate decision. The proposed decision, and any alternate decisions, will be discussed and voted upon at a scheduled public CPUC Voting Meeting.

The CPUC’s Public Advocates Office (CalPA) has reviewed this application. CalPA is the independent consumer advocate with the CPUC with a legislative mandate to represent customers of investor-owned utilities. For more information about CalPA, please call (415) 7031584, email PublicAdvocatesOffice@cpuc.ca.gov or visit CalPA’s website at http://www.publicadvocates.cpuc.ca.gov

STAY INFORMED
If you would like to follow this proceeding, or any other issue before the CPUC, you may use the CPUC’s free subscription service. Sign up at: http://subscribecpuc.cpuc.ca.gov/.

If you would like to learn how you can participate in the proceeding, or if you have informal comments or questions about the CPUC processes, you may access the CPUC’s Public Advisor’s Office (PAO) webpage at www.cpuc.ca.gov/puc. You may also contact the PAO as follows:

Email: public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov

Mail: CPUC Public Advisor’s Office
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

Call: 1-866-849-8390 (toll-free) or 1-415-703-2074
TTY 1-866-836-7825 (toll-free) or 1-415-703-5282

Please reference BVES Application No. 18-12-019 in any communications you have with the CPUC regarding this matter. All public comments will become part of the public correspondence file for this proceeding and made available for review for the assigned Judge, the Commissioners, and appropriate CPUC staff.

Download this public notice as a PDF, BVES_Application_No_18_12_019.pdf