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SDG&E Won't Pay Blackout Claims

San Diego Gas & Electric says it won't pay claims filed over last fall's power outage that affected millions of people in Southern California, Arizona and Mexico.

Utility spokeswoman Jennifer Ramp tells UT San Diego that other entities were responsible for the September blackout, which left 7 million people without power for up to 12 hours.

SDG&E says it's received more than 7,000 claims for losses totaling about $7 million.

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On Tuesday, federal energy regulators blamed inadequate planning and lack of coordination for the outage. It started when a maintenance worker with Arizona Public Service inadvertently knocked out a transmission line.