Ian Pike 10:37 a.m., May 20
Group charges utility furtively trying to nail ratepayers with 2007 fire costs
On December 20th, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will decide a long-running case in which San Diego Gas & Electric wants ratepayers to pick up the tab for uninsured costs from the 2007 fires, for which the utility was found responsible. An administrative law judge has turned down the utility's bid. A commissioner, Timothy Simon, has said SDGE can get its customers to pick up the tab under certain circumstances in future fires, but not the 2007 ones. Ramona's Mussey Grade Road Alliance, which has actively intervened in the case, charged today (Dec. 16) that SDGE, in an ex parte filing, still wants a decision covering the 2007 fires, even though coverage for those fires has been eliminated in the decisions of both the administrative law judge and Commissioner Simon.