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.
California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) Hearings
Chula Vista City Hall Council Chambers
Look out! Over UCAN's protests, a State Senate committee just voted unanimously for a bill that will strip the California Public Utilities Commission of the power to regulate phone companies. If passed, Senate Bill 1161 will also jeopardize landline phone service and telecommunications programs that aid low-income and hearing-disabled persons.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the bill's author, Senator Alex Padilla, has received significant campaign contributions from AT&T and other telecom interests. More.
Public hearings by CPUC, the California Public Utilities Commission are rare. SDG&E has spent millions lobbying CPUC commissioners in hearings, in secretive non-public meetings, at costly restaurants, and at expensive travel junkets to exotic vacation destinations. This may be your only chance to personally lobby the appointed bureaucrats at CPUC. This is what you can expect.
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?
Date of Filing/Decision
Testimony on behalf of the Utility Consumers' Action Network submitted on September 22, 2011 in the San Diego Gas & Electric General Rate Case before the California Public Utilities Commission A.10-12-005 and A.10-12-006.