Dave Rice 11:30 a.m., Dec. 9
IOU Revisions Previously Demanded by CPUC Administrative Law Judge
California investor owned power utilities (IOUs), including San Diego Gas and Electric Company, continue to ignore an administrative law judge's order to produce a revised application in their proceedings for Wildfire Expense Balancing Account (WEBA) authority.
If the authority is granted by California's Public Utilities Commission, then WEBA will be used to bill customers for uninsured utility wildfire legal expenses and other related uninsured costs. In previous testimony, SDG&E employees and executives admit that the lack of insurance stems from the 2007 San Diego County wildfires and concerns of insurance companies that current industry practices will cause massive payouts from overhead power equipment failures that cause wildfires, among other ignition factors.
The 2007 wildfires caused the largest single mass evacuation in San Diego County history. Damages are expected by SDG&E to exceed the over-$1 billion in insurance coverage that the Sempra Energy-owned utility could afford that year.
In related news, WEBA proceeding participant Ruth Henricks has had a motion filed indicating her anticipated protest to the Application. According Henricks' attorney, Michael Aguirre, the MOTION OF PETITIONER TO FILE PROTEST is timely filed because SDG&E and other IUOs have yet to file their amended-then-operative applications as ordered by CPUC's ALJ Maribeth Bushey.
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