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SDG&E Customers Getting Credit On Bills

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Aired 9/24/09

Electricity customers of San Diego Gas & Electric will get refund checks in October. State regulators approved the refund because the company overcharged for a program that monitors the utility's energy buying.

Electricity customers of San Diego Gas & Electric will get refund checks in October. State regulators approved the refund because the company overcharged for a program that monitors the utility's energy buying.

The California Public Utilities Commission today approved a refund of $124 million. Refunds will come as a one-time credit on next month's electric bills with most residential customers receiving an average of $71.

SDG&E requested CPUC's approval for the refund.

Michael Shames with the Utility Consumers Action Network says along with that approval, the state agency also approved an energy efficiency plan.

"At the same time that the PUC gave us this refund, they also were agreeing that SDG&E could spend $278 million on energy efficiency programs," Shames explains. "So essentially we were given the money, and will get the money in October, but they're going to be taking back the money in January."

Shames says since the energy efficiency program is supported by ratepayers, the money comes as a charge to utility customers.

Comments

Avatar for user 'simonthegreat'

simonthegreat | September 25, 2009 at 1:07 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

I wonder what percentage return is the rebate. Let say they charged and extra $100 few years ego and now they're giving us back $2? How nice of them. We should be so grateful.

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sheath1550 | November 3, 2009 at 4:14 p.m. ― 4 years, 5 months ago

Did any "average" customer out there received anything near a $71.00 credit on their October bill? I would certainly consider myself and "average" customer paying anywhere from $80.00 to $210.00 a month on my bill. I believe my credit was $18.62.

I'm curious if anyone received the estimated $71.00?

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SanJuanladyupset | October 9, 2010 at 8:58 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

I have just received 'billing and payment summary 8/30/07 thru today. I was shocked when I received a bill for 4,561.05 in Sept. I just paid 4,434.35. Upon reviewing this bill (I have solar too) I went over all the monthly charges and was shocked to see that early on when all my inverters were working (only 1 is out now) my bill is cheaper all summer than a 556.00 b ill in 08 (when inverters were all working) and a 556.19 bill in 10/08 and a 514.05 in 08/07 these are crazy amounts especially since i have NOT used my air conditioning NOW see this 870.56 for 9/09 and 575.61 for 10/09 and never a higher bill since and my inverters were all working back then...I'm so pissed..I was told that I would never receive a bill higher then about 60.00 a month at the most with this 'sophisticated solar system' how is it that it's higher than and lower now??? DOES ANYONE HAVE A BILL 870.00 or 679.00 in a freekin month???????

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