The weather forecasters actually can't answer this question. But the people who run San Diego's electric system can....or should be able to provide the answer. With the San Onofre Power Plant shut down indefinitely, SDG&E and the state transmission operator are scrambling to deal with the loss of this important power plant. Last time San Onofre went down (September 8, 2011), all of San Diego was plunged into darkness. Will that happen again this summer?
In a surprising but welcome move today, CPUC, the California Public Utilities Commission agreed with UCAN that SDG&E's attempt to raise rates and charge special fees to owners of solar photo-voltaic panels is illegal. SDG&E has been ordered to submit a new rate proposal that doesn't include this controversial charge. Full story.
An October 3rd proposal by SDG&E to change the way it charges customers for power is very likely illegal. In this second phase of its General Rate Case, SDG&E has proposed a new rate design, which includes a Network Use Charge, a Basic Service Fee and a Prepay Service option. UCAN has filed a motion asking the regulators to reject SDG&E's application and have them resubmit one that doesn't violate state laws.
What happened on September 8th should never have happened. No, we aren't talking about the miscue by Arizona Public Service that triggered the Great San Diego Blackout. That is not unusual and should not have caused anything more than perhaps a flicker of lights in a few isolated places in our county. That it triggered the most unprecedented and costly blackout in San Diego's history is what needs to be investigated and corrected. And it was a DOUBLE blackout because both electricity and wireless telephone systems were knocked out.
According to a new survey by JEA, and another by the South Carolina Dept. of Public Utilities, SDG&E charges some of the highest rates in the nation.* If you have a medical problem, have lost your job, or are on a limited or fixed income, you may qualify for a reduced rate from SDG&E. Get an overview, and find out who qualifies here.
California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) Hearings
Chula Vista City Hall Council Chambers
The long awaited report on the September 8, 2011 blackout was finally released by Federal regulators. And the culprit was.........well it wasn't Homer Simpson and it wasn't that poor electrician in Arizona who accidentally short-circuited a transmission feeder. The culprit was......well, read the full story.
If SDG&E gets its way, ratepayers will cover the cost of $463 million in damages caused by the 2007 fire storm. Cal-fire has determined that SDG&E's power lines are responsible, and SDG&E says it is underinsured. Now they want you -- not their shareholders -- to pay for the damages. Two public hearings are scheduled for Thursday, April 5th at 2PM and 6PM (see the official notice). SDG&E is spending millions on lawyers and lobbying the appointed bureaucrats at CPUC to rule in their favor. This hearing may be your ONLY chance to personally speak to the Commission. Full Story.