Eva Knott 6:29 a.m., May 23
SDGE, SCE must justify charging customers for idle San Onofre
You have paid $115 to $140 yearly as nuclear plant has been closed
An administrative law judge of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has ruled that Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE), co-owners of the now-closed San Onofre nuclear plant, must justify customer charges at meetings in March — March 15 for Edison and a week later for SDGE. The ruling was in response to filings by San Diego attorney Mike Aguirre, who says that Edison has been stalling for months, getting extensions from CPUC bureaucrats who weren't famiilar with legal requirements. Meanwhile, Edison and San Diego gas customers have paid $115 to $140 a year for a steam generator replacement program that was a flop; generators lasted less than two years. The utilities will now have to show that these charges have been reasonable, so they can try to put these costs into customers' rates, says Aguirre.