That's false (and don't call me "dude"). Regulators have lawyers and they work with lawyers who collect data and facts to make their case. The can also hire outside lawyers and consultants when and if necessary. Courts are a last resort but even when you go to court you need facts and data to support your case. It would be extremely incompetent for a regulator to only rely on utility supplied data, especially if that data wasn't passing the smell test. If they are doing their job they most certainly are in charge. That's what regulators do, ensure the utility is following the rules. They are like a traffic cop. The traffic cop is in charge of making sure everyone is following the rules. I understand fine. I am talking about local distribution, not generation. The local distribution lines cost a lot to install and upkeep. Utilizing them at a higher rate allows them to cost those expenses over more kWh's of electricity sold. In otherwords, higher utilization of the local distribution network makes the local distribution cost less per kWh. I'm not sure why you don't understand that - it's not a very difficult concept.