UCAN's experts catch Sempra trying to dump costs upon SDG&E customers via depreciation and accounting tricks. UCAN submitted a protest to SDG&E's informal filing with the PUC, in which the utility hoped to slip through some benefits for its parent company.
If SDG&E gets its way, your rates will increase by $1.5 Billion in the next four years. Today, UCAN is fighting the rate hike by demanding that regulators lower your electric and natural gas costs, and we are backing it up with a year's worth of research and evidence. Read the Release.
SDG&E claims that increasing costs of doing business necessitates $1.5 billion more of its customers’ money. For 2012, the increase would start at $168 million and grow over the following three years. UCAN and its team of experts poured through SDG&E’s books and reached an entirely different conclusion. Not only does SDG&E not need more money, in fact, it could actually use less money than it currently collects.
State regulators have the authority to decide whether SDG&E rates will increase or decrease. UCAN believes this boils down to an issue of fairness. While customers are in the midst of the worst recession in many of our lifetimes, should ratepayers be funding SDG&E’s wish list of expenditures or should state regulators actually reel in SDG&E’s spending to meet its actual need and spare its customers significantly increased costs?
We figured it would happen, we just didn't realize it would happen so soon!
According to a news article on NBC San Diego's website, a pair of local businessmen filed a class action lawsuit against SDG&E on September 12. This was just four days after what our Executive Director Michael Shames deemed to be one of the nation's first 21st century blackouts. The businessmen also filed suit against Arizona Public Service, the entity SDG&E is pointing its finger at for the blame of this eclipsing event.
Good news for those who want to escape the clutches of SDG&E!
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In 2010, SDG&E filed a proposal with the California Public Utility Commision (CPUC), to increase your SDG&E rates by $1.2 billion. UCAN has fought this proposed rate increase by submitting expert testimony and briefs. These documents demonstrate that SDG&E has wildly inflated its costs in a number of cost categories. UCAN argues that SDG&E should not receive extraordinary profits for doing what it is required to do by law – provide good utility service at reasonable rates. Get the full 418-page Opening Brief (pdf format), here, or a quick summary here.
So is the electric car an environmental blessing or curse? Some allege that they simply substitute one kind of pollution for another. Others see it as a second coming of environmental enlightenments. Usually, these kinds of disputes resolve somewhere in the middle. But, according to the Sierra Club, perhaps not.