Senators, realtors seek implementation of equal power rates

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Guam – Senators and realtors are asking the Public Utilities Commission to implement  equal rates for Guam Power Authority customers living in multifamily accommodations.

The issue of rate parity for power customers was brought up once again by the legislature through the introduction of Bill 37-35.

“Allow for fair rates. Allow for residential customers of condominiums to be charged at the same rates as all residential customers,” said Sen. Clynt Ridgell. “GPA and the PUC testified we were going about it the wrong way [and] that we shouldn’t be doing it through legislation [and that] we should do it by filling here at the PUC. So that’s what we’re here to do.”

In a joint letter to the PUC, the Guam Association of Realtors and the Legislature noted  that “in recent public testimony for Bill 37-35, members and the legal counsel of the PUC stated that any such request to review these rate charges has never been brought to the PUC. It was also recommended that we formally ask to be placed on the docket. Hence this letter serves as our formal request for the PUC to create a new power rate schedule for residential multifamily accommodations and to conduct a rate study as may be required before a final decision is rendered.”

The intent of the letter was to find a solution to ensure homeowners who choose to live  in multifamily residences are not charged higher rates than those who live in single family dwellings.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.