could just spell your name for her, too.
MR. NELSON: Sure. Sure. I'm Robert
Nelson, R-o-b-e-r-t N-e-l-s-o-n, I am the president of
the Citizens Utility Board of Michigan, or known as CUB.
And your Honor, it's a privilege to be here today. We
will be filing our written comments on or before
January 6, but we felt it was important to come here
today because we have some significant remarks to make.
You know, 17 years ago these standards
were amended, and I was on the Commission at that time,
and we, as a Commission, recommended a number of
amendments to these standards, one of which was to
provide for the first time a customer accommodation for
an outage, for a sustained interruption of power, and we
were very proud of that, it was the first time that we
had such an inducement in the rules, and it was a limited
amount, $25 for each outage, but we felt as if it was a
significant step, and I could foresee that it may take
another 17 years to for us to come back to these
standards, and so that's why it's important that we get
our comments in today because we have some important
changes that we'd like to recommend.
First of all, I would like to commend the
Commission for proposing some very good amendments to
these standards. The standards have been significantly
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