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San Diego attorney Mike Aguirre learned today (Feb. 5) that Southern California Edison (SCE) has still not made a filing that should have been critical in its California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) general rate case that ended late last year. A CPUC administrative law judge granted SCE a stunning 18.6% rate increase to begin taking effect this year. But the judge didn't pay significant attention to a critical factor: in 2005, SCE got the OK from the commission to put into effect its steam generator replacement program. SCE had a plan to replace four old generators at San Onofre with four new ones. But two years later, not one of the new steam generators was operative. SCE was supposed to file whether or not this program was cost-effective. Aguirre asked the company today if it had made this filing. It admitted it had made no such filing, and wouldn't do so until March of this year. But it had been granted the huge rate increase in 2012, even though the steam generators had already failed. How can SCE say this March that the steam generator replacement program was cost-effective? It was a disaster.

It appears that SCE stalled the filing until the rate case was approved, suggests Aguirre. Ratepayers have coughed up $700 million during this period in which SCE was not coming forth with this reasonableness review.

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monaghan Feb. 5, 2013 @ 9:22 p.m.

SoCal Edison, tear down that San Onofre nuclear power plant (that's been closed for the last year anyway) and refund ratepayers' money for electricity that was never delivered! We don't want a Fukushima in our neighborhood.

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Don Bauder Feb. 6, 2013 @ 6:58 a.m.

monaghan: Agreed. The risk is too great, the plant is ill-located (on an earthquake fault), and Edison has proved it doesn't have the expertise or integrity to run the plant. All Edison has is clout at the CPUC because its former president runs the anti-consumer regulatory body. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Feb. 6, 2013 @ 12:05 p.m.

Thank God we have a Democratic governor, legislature and Mayor to protect San Diego from the CPUC-SCE corruption and criminal incompetence that turned San Onofre into a California version of Fukushima.

Charging ratepayers for SCE-CPUC corruption, criminal incompetence and threats to public safety should be grounds for ending SCE's control over the CPUC.

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Don Bauder Feb. 6, 2013 @ 4:31 p.m.

Anon: I can't figure why Gov. Brown permits Peevey to remain as head of the CPUC. Best, Don Bauder

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