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State To Rule On SDG&E Request To Charge Ratepayers For $379M Wildfire Cost

A sign on SDG&E's headquarters appears in this undated photo.

Photo by Nicholas McVicker

Above: A sign on SDG&E's headquarters appears in this undated photo.

State To Rule On SDG&E Request To Charge Ratepayers For $379M Wildfire Cost

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Rob Nikolewski
, energy reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Transcript

The California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to decide Thursday whether SDG&E can charge ratepayers $379 million to recover costs from the 2007 wildfires.

The utility paid more than $2 billion in settlements stemming from the fires, which state regulators determined were caused in part by SDG&E power lines. SDG&E has contested those findings.

Insurers paid out more than $1 billion, but SDG&E was left with $379 million in unrecovered costs. In August, two administrative law judges recommended the commission reject the request, finding SDG&E's management and control of its equipment was "unreasonable."

The commission was supposed to make its decision last month, but delayed the hearing a second time in order to gather more public comment.

The San Diego Union-Tribune energy reporter Rob Nikolewski joins KPBS Midday Edition on Friday with more on SDG&E's bid and how the utility could react if it is denied.

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