BPU tables CRC discussion

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By Arin McKenna

Due to a clerical error, the Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities tabled a discussion on the Charter Review Committee’s recommendations for changes to the charter section governing the Department of Public Utilities.

The agenda identified the CRC proposal as a discussion item rather than an action item. The board chose to delay consideration until action could be taken. CRC Chair Susan O’Leary gave a brief presentation to the board and answered questions.

BPU plans to take the issue up during its Oct. 16 meeting. A special meeting will be scheduled if council requests the BPU response earlier.

The board approved changes to a proposed ordinance regarding the gas rate structure.

The ordinance, which would change billing from a fixed rate to one in which customers are billed for the actual cost of gas plus a fixed rate per unit to cover operational costs, came before council in August.

Council sent the ordinance back to BPU, requesting a sunset clause and a cap on rates. The ordinance approved on Wednesday sunsets the ordinance in three years and caps rates at three times the current rate, at .99 per therm.

Council approval would be required if rates should fluctuate beyond that.

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