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SDG&E decries Michael Shames's attempt to get fees

After ouster from UCAN, he set up SDCAN

Michael Shames
Michael Shames

San Diego Gas & Electric is strongly protesting the attempt of Michael Shames to get $365 an hour, plus $50 as an "efficency adder," for his work on SDG&E's October 3, 2011, filing before the Calfornia Public Utilities Commission for authority to update costs.

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Shames cofounded and headed Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN), an activist group, until complaints by whistleblowers led to a federal investigation and his ouster. He then sued UCAN, a whistleblower, and the whistleblower's attorney for libel. He lost each case and this month a judge said he has to pay almost $75,000 in court costs.

Shames set up his own organization, San Diego Consumers' Action Network (SDCAN) to intervene in utility hearings. But as SDG&E says in its statement, "SDG&E cannot ascertain that SDCAN's purported 'group' contains any members except for Mr. Shames himself."

In requesting that Shames's desire to be paid a fat sum be denied, SDG&E comments, "The legislature did not intend the intervenor compensation program to be a full employment act for private consultants."

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San Diego Gas & Electric is strongly protesting the attempt of Michael Shames to get $365 an hour, plus $50 as an "efficency adder," for his work on SDG&E's October 3, 2011, filing before the Calfornia Public Utilities Commission for authority to update costs.

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Shames cofounded and headed Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN), an activist group, until complaints by whistleblowers led to a federal investigation and his ouster. He then sued UCAN, a whistleblower, and the whistleblower's attorney for libel. He lost each case and this month a judge said he has to pay almost $75,000 in court costs.

Shames set up his own organization, San Diego Consumers' Action Network (SDCAN) to intervene in utility hearings. But as SDG&E says in its statement, "SDG&E cannot ascertain that SDCAN's purported 'group' contains any members except for Mr. Shames himself."

In requesting that Shames's desire to be paid a fat sum be denied, SDG&E comments, "The legislature did not intend the intervenor compensation program to be a full employment act for private consultants."

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