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Public Invited To Weigh In On Proposed SDG&E Rate Increase

Above: Daniel Beeman, SDG&E customer who testified at the CPUC rate hike hearing in San Diego on Monday.

Aired 10/12/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Michael Shames, Utility Consumer Action Network


Watch tonight for more on the proposed rate increase.

Evening Edition airs weekdays at 5 PM and 6:30 PM on KPBS TV.

Public hearings are underway in San Diego about a $1.1-billion rate increase over the next four years proposed by San Diego Gas and Electric.

The request would boost an average gas bill by about 4 percent and an electric bill by 5 percent.

But just a month since the big blackout may not be the best time to ask for more money from ratepayers. And a consumer advocate group says SDG&E should actually be lowering rates, not increasing them.

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dialyn | October 12, 2011 at 11:56 a.m. ― 5 years, 5 months ago

I'm trying to imagine anyone in their right mind who would want to pay higher rates at this time. It seems less and less likely that the people who decide these things care what the public says, so these hearings are a bit of a farce, but SDG&E has got to have the sensitivity of a stone to even bring this up at this time. I guess their CEOs need a big bonus. For what, I've no clue, but I'm getting more and more cynical about the reason for these rate increases. I did send UCAN a donation...a small one, sorry, but we need to support people who represent the public instead of the executive interests.

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Daniel Beeman | October 12, 2011 at 12:23 p.m. ― 5 years, 5 months ago

Wow, that is a scary picture, me, AND A HUGE RATE increases: electric & gas! When the rate should be going down because we have met the States request to reduce energy use, use more renewable energy (Solar [homes & businesses] & others) than any other per capita region. SDG&E is taking credit for individual solar generation, rather than developing more renewables as a good business model. Then they use our rate payer funds to pay back their "friends" in business and mega solar arrays.

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