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SDG&E Asks US Supreme Court To Weigh In On Wildfire Costs

Flames from the Witch Creek fire light up the early Friday morning sky in nor...

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Above: Flames from the Witch Creek fire light up the early Friday morning sky in northern San Diego County, Oct. 26, 2007.

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San Diego Gas and Electric wants to bill customers $379 million in unrecovered 2007 wildfire costs. After state regulators and two California courts rejected SDG&E's request, the utility is now taking the fight to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Aired: May 2, 2019 | Transcript

San Diego Gas & Electric is taking its fight to be reimbursed for hundreds of millions of dollars in costs related to the 2007 wildfires to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The utility wants to bill customers for $379 million in unrecovered funds. State regulators and two California courts have rejected SDG&E's request.

On Tuesday, SDG&E filed a petition with the high court asking the court "to determine whether it is constitutional for states to impose strict liability on private utilities without ensuring they can recover their costs" as reported in The San Diego Union-Tribune.

State investigators found poorly maintained SDG&E power lines sparked three of the 2007 wildfires. SDG&E said the fires were a natural disaster.

Union-Tribune Watchdog reporter, Jeff McDonald, joins Midday Edition Thursday to talk about the what a potential decision from the high court could mean for utilities amid California's wildfire threat.

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