GPA Responds to Claims Its Overcharging Commercial Ratepayers

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The PUC has also ordered that an independent party should test the Onward Beach Resort smart meter.

Guam – The Guam Power Authority has submitted their response to a complaint that the utility has been overcharging commercial ratepayers who are taking measures to be more energy efficient by millions of dollars. In their response, the power authority continues to maintain that their calculations are giving a true reading of a customer’s energy efficiency.

 

 

 When we last left this story, the Public Utilities Commission had ordered GPA to clarify the way they calculate a customers power factor, which is the measure of customers energy efficiency.

 

In their latest response, GPA maintains they are calculating commercial ratepayers efficiency correctly and they are doing nothing wrong.

 

The basis of the complaint is that GPA’s smart meters are not accurately measuring power factor and that GPA is not correctly following the established Tariff for that power factor. As a result, First Green Solutions says GPA is overcharging commercial ratepayers who are taking measures to save energy. In the original order the PUC found that there were in fact “discrepancies in the form of overcharges, and that GPA must clarify how they calculate power factor.

 

In their latest response, GPA attached a copy of the onward beach resorts January 21st bill. GPA says that this bill shows that GPA is in fact correctly billing ratepayers using a correct power factor. GPA says that one of the advantages of the smart meter is that it calculates everything within the meter and then that information is sent to a software and calculated from there. First Green Solutions CEO Rick Sparacio says this process was never approved by a regulatory commission or explained to commercial customers.

 

The PUC has also ordered that an independent party should test the Onward Beach Resort smart meter.