Public Hearings on SDG&E Wildfire Cost Recovery Request Through Increased Rates

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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold two public meetings in Escondido on Monday, January 9, 2017, to hear directly from consumers about San Diego Gas & Electric’s request to recover $379 million in costs related to wildfires that occurred in San Diego County in October 2007 through increased rates paid by ratepayers.

The public hearings will take place at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the California Center for the Arts Conference Center at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Comments from the public can help the CPUC reach an informed decision so consumers are encouraged to attend. While a quorum of commissioners and their staff may attend, no official action will be taken.

The hearings will allow the public to comment on whether SDG&E’s operation and management of its facilities prior to the 2007 wildfires were reasonable. Prior CPUC decisions indicate that a reasonableness standard should entail a review of the prudency of SDG&E’s actions leading up to the fires.

For those unable to attend, written comments may be submitted to: CPUC Public Advisor, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102, or via email to public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov. Please refer to proceeding number A.15-09-010. CPUC documents related to the proceeding are available online.

Chuck Colgan