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(a) In determining whether the public advocacy section will be directed to participate as a party in a matter, the commission will consider whether the matter involves
(1) a rate or condition of service that will apply to the public;
(2) a substantial change in the market structure of an industry that is likely to affect the cost, reliability, availability, or safety of a utility service;
(3) a consumer or public interest that the existing parties are unlikely to represent adequately;
(4) a need for additional or formal investigation, if recommended by the commission staff after a preliminary review;
(5) a dispute between utilities or pipeline carriers, if participation by the public advocacy section may help to settle the dispute or narrow the issues;
(6) an independent investigation, if needed to develop a more complete record; or
(7) a significant policy issue involving the public interest.
(b) If the chair of the commission does not direct the public advocacy section to participate as a party in a matter, and if the public advocacy section considers participation to be in the public interest, the public advocacy section may file a petition for intervention in accordance with 3 AAC 48.110.
(c) In addition to all rights set out in this chapter, the public advocacy section has the same rights as any party to a proceeding to request the commission to reconsider an order.
(d) The public advocacy section may participate as a member of the public in any commission proceeding.
History: Eff. 3/21/2003, Register 165
Authority: AS 42.04.070
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