Ed Bedford 11:58 p.m., May 20
Filing: SDGE, SCE ratepayers getting shafted over San Onofre
CPUC head Peevey appears to be still cozy with former employer, SCE
San Diego attorney Mike Aguirre yesterday (Feb. 1) filed a paper with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), asking that Southern California Edison's (SCE's) original plan to replace four steam generators at the San Onofre nuclear plant be reexamined. Aguirre filed on behalf of the Coalition to Decommission San Onofre, one of several groups concerned about safety and the fleecing of San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison ratepayers. In 2005, the CPUC began a plan to replace four old steam generators with four new ones at San Onofre, with SCE and SDGE ratepayers footing the bill, which has come to $700 million. Edison said its steam generator replacement program was cost-effective, but one pair of generators lasted less than a year and the other pair lasted less than two years. There was an emergency shutdown of San Onofre in January of last year. But there have been no hearings on whether ratepayers should recover that $700 million.
"Instead of determining whether the [steam generator replacement program] was reasonable and cost effective as promised in the decision authorizing [the program], the CPUC ordered an 18.57% increase in rates charged SCE's customers to take effect in January, 2013," says the filing. Michael Peevey, president of the CPUC, is a former president of Southern California Edison, and CPUC pro-utility, anti-consumer actions during his incumbency -- such as in the San Bruno explosion, SDGE's attempt to get ratepayers to pick up part of the tab for the utility's dereliction in the 2007 fires, and the San Onofre controversy -- have generated complaints throughout the state.