Direct Testimony of Melissa La Buda on behalf of The Philadelphia Water Department

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March 17, 2021 - 9:22am

Critical Commentary

The following artifact is the testimony of Melissa La Buda, the Deputy Commissoner of Finance for the Philadelphia Water Department, regarding the Philadelphia 2021 Water Rate case. It's important to note that throughout the testimony there is mentioning of increased outreach for the Tiered Assistance Program (TAP), however the scale and modes of outreach during COVID-19 is not explained in detail, nor is there mentioning of how many individuals are enrolled in TAP. Another important statistic from the testimony is that as of December 31, 2020, there were over 70,000 accounts eligible for shutoff but none have been disconnected due to the moratorium, including residential, commerical, and TAP accounts. 

There is also a chart showing misc. changes in terms of rates and charges that are being proposed, and it's being proposed that Section 6.4 should be revised to provide customers enrolled in TAP with a special miscellaneous rate for shutoff and restoration of Water Service. Additionally there is term change proposal in Section 10.1(a) and definition charges for the TAP-R formula in Section 10.1(b).

In 2020, the Rate Board conducted a TAP-R (Tiered Assistance Program Rate Rider Surcharge Rate) Reconciliation Proceeding to implement an annual adjustment to TAP-R. The rates charged in Fiscal Year 2021 were reduced slightly as a result of the annual adjustment approved by the Rate Board in the 2020 TAP-R Reconciliation Proceeding.


Cite as

Philadelphia Water Department, "Direct Testimony of Melissa La Buda on behalf of The Philadelphia Water Department", contributed by Morgan Sarao, The Energy Rights Project, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 17 March 2021, accessed 10 December 2023.