Really? Haven't you all wasted enough of the ratepayers' money on this ridiculous spectacle already? How many billable hours just got wasted on these filings? Haven't you all got better things to do with my money, like, oh I dunno.... KEEP THE LIGHTS ON?
The regional entities think they have a stake in the matter because their precious budgets (ratepayer gravy train) may be under attack. And the trade associations think they have a stake in it because... get this... "The ERO budget is funded by industry and load, which include members of the Trade Associations." They act like it's coming out of their own pockets when they just turn around and bill "the ERO budget" to ratepayers (now with lucrative lawyer loot added in!)
The trade associations believe that a transparent and public audit process, open to participation by all stakeholders, will "best ensure stakeholder confidence in the performance audit results." If that's the case, I think we should increase stakeholder confidence all around by making ALL FERC audits public and open to participation by interested parties. Wouldn't that be fun? There's a couple of audits in process that I'd love to "participate" in. Do I need to hire an expensive lawyer to get that taken care of, or would a ratepayer cavalcade of kvetching do the trick?