SACRAMENTO, CALIF. - Industry efforts to modify June electric rate increases are headed for the California Public Utilities Commission.
``A solution is being proposed,'' perhaps capping rates for companies that operate around-the-clock at a 50 percent increase,'' said Robert Bateman, president of Roplast Industries Inc. of Oroville, Calif.
To build support for a change, Bateman and others have met in Sacramento with a half-dozen legislators and Lon S. Hatimaya, secretary of the state Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency.
``We have been working with a number of the trade associations and manufacturers who are affected by this issue,'' said Norman Williams, the agency's assistant secretary for marketing and communications. The agency is ``trying to come up with data to help formulate some kind of relief for them.''
The California Film Extruders and Converters Association of Newport Beach, the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.'s Western Region in Irvine, and the Printing Industries of California of Los Angeles are quantifying the rate impact on their members in preparation for a PUC session.
``The governor's staff was sympathetic to the concerns'' and hopes ``they can find some remedy,'' said Hilary McLean, a spokeswoman for Gov. Gray Davis. She acknowledged that rate responsibility rests with the appointed San Francisco-based PUC.
No legislative resolution is under consideration, according to Evan Goldberg, chief of staff for state Sen. Debra Bowen, a Redondo Beach Democrat who chairs a key committee dealing with energy issues. The current session is scheduled to adjourn Sept. 14.