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Regulators To Delay Decision On SDG&E Uninsured Wildfire Reimbursement

Aired 2/13/12 on KPBS News.

Ratepayers could be on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars if SDG&E gets its way.

State regulators are likely to decide whether to hold a public hearing on San Diego Gas & Electric’s push to charge customers for uninsured wildfire expenses after a key deadline in the case.

The filing deadline to submit comments in SDG&E’s request to bill customers for uninsured wildfire costs including expenses from the '07 fires is this Friday. However, a Public Utilities Commission spokesperson said regulators will most likely decide after this Friday whether a public hearing is necessary.

But Diane Conklin, a spokeswoman for the watchdog group Mussey Grade Road Alliance, said by not extending the filing deadline to accommodate a public hearing, regulators are expressing indifference to customer concerns.

“You can’t let the people of San Diego tell the commission what they think of this idea? You’re going to stand in the way of the democratic process of having a public participation hearing?”

Conklin said commissioners rarely read transcripts from public hearings after the filing deadline. A PUC spokesman said the transcripts are entered into the public record.

SDG&E’s parent company, Sempra, has told investors that PUC will likely allow to recover uninsured wildfire costs.

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Avatar for user 'TheKindGardenersCollective'

TheKindGardenersCollective | February 13, 2012 at 9:05 a.m. ― 2 years, 7 months ago

Outraged? Stop complaining to folks who cannot do anything about it.

If you support a public hearing on this matter, call NOW to the CPUC at 415 - 703 - 2782 and leave a message for Assigned Commissioner Timothy Alan Simon and President Michael Peevey.

Tell them you are a customer of SDG&E you demand a public hearing in San Diego be held by the CPUC on the WEBA (Wildfire Expense Balancing Account) application.

The CPUC is a governmental body, established in the California Constitution. It is your right as a citizen to contact them and make your voice head.

If you don't call, they will listen ONLY to SDGE

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Avatar for user 'Roberto Rolando Salinas'

Roberto Rolando Salinas | February 13, 2012 at 10:07 a.m. ― 2 years, 7 months ago

I called the number you gave, I was told that I could not leave a message for Simon or Peevey directly. I was told that I would have to email the public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov, request a public hearing in San Diego and my email would be forwarded to Simon and Peevey. I did that, I bet the corporate elite would have no trouble getting them on the line. I am very disappointed with this filtering system at the CPUC, it should be renamed to reflect it's mission and purpose, Corporate Puppeteer Undermining the Public Interest. Socialism for the rich, and Democracy for the poor, has to be stopped, demand your rights!!

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