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Senator Kehoe Presses For Public Hearing On SDG&E’s Wildfire Recovery Costs

Aired 2/8/12 on KPBS News.

Kehoe's call for a public hearing follows a similar request by San Diego County Diane Jacob.

Firefighters battle the Witch fire on Oct. 23, 2007, in Escondido.
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Above: Firefighters battle the Witch fire on Oct. 23, 2007, in Escondido.

SDG&E wants the California Public Utilities Commission to allow it to bill customers for future uninsured wildfire expenses.

Included in those filings is a request that ratepayers also pay for uninsured costs from the ’07 fires. Some of those fires were started by SDG&E’s own lines.

Senator Kehoe has told regulators that before the PUC decides whether customers should pay the costs of decisions made by SDG&E that led to settlement agreements for losses during the 07 fires, the public should be heard.

SDG&E has said a public hearing would be inefficient and confusing until it files a separate request for reimbursement for the 07 fires.

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