Bob McPhail 6:31 a.m., May 19
Administrative Law Judge Jessica Hecht has ordered the following changes in San Diego Gas and Electric Company's PeakShift at Work/ PeakShift at Home rate hike application A1007009 proceeding before California's Public Utilities Commission.
Written testimony due from CPUC's Division of Ratepayer Advocates and other intervening parties is delayed from January 24 to February 11, 2011. Rebuttal testimony will now be due on March 11.
As previously announced, the March 2011 evidentiary hearings in San Francisco have been pushed back to April 11-15, 2011.
Due dates for opening briefs and reply briefs have been moved to May 13 and May 27, respectively.
The general time frame for a tentative decision to be announced is now August 2011.
SDG&E's PSW/PSH rate hike proposal is to charge small business and residential consumers more to use electricity during daytime business week hours, giving priority to industrial-sized commercial power consumers. Despite corporate assurances that SDG&E's Sunrise Powerlink and other projects will add new power generation resources to San Diego's power grid, the rationale behind PSW/PSH is SDG&E's long term projected lack of electricity available for sale during daytime business hours within the SDG&E service area.
The City of San Diego and other intervening parties are opposed to the SDG&E dynamic pricing scheme as a questionable consumer behavior-modification experiment with no apparent power consumer benefit and no empirical evidence to justify SDG&E claims that consumers will not be harmed if the rate hikes are approved by CPUC.