Thursday, September 10, 2009
SAN DIEGO People living in the backcountry won’t have to worry about San Diego Gas and Electric turning off power on high fire risk days. State regulators said SDG&E cannot pull the plug on the power.
The California Public Utilities Commission was presented with two options: a recommendation by Commissioner Timothy Simon to let SDG&E go forward with a pilot program, or a staff recommendation to completely deny the shut-off plan. The commission ruled four to one to reject shutting off power in the backcountry. PUC President Michael Peevy says he just wasn’t convinced by SDG&E.
“They didn’t make the case adequately for what they proposed as far as I was concerned and most of us apparently here were concerned,” he says.
Peevy says they couldn’t find a middle ground on the controversial plan. The commission says SDG&E should move ahead with other prevention efforts including replacing wood poles with more fire safe steel.