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Since 1983, Utility Consumers’ Action Network (UCAN) has represented the interests of San Diego County utility ratepayers/customers. UCAN primarily focuses its efforts on the rates and services of San Diego Gas & Electric company (SDG&E), the City of San Diego Water Department (and other local water departments), cell phone carriers and cable companies Cox Communications and Time Warner.

UCAN’s efforts are focused on intervening in legal proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), by supporting litigation in court cases. UCAN also supports the individual utility customers with problems they are having with their utility bills and services. UCAN is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit in San Diego County.

UCAN also engages in consumer education through speaking engagements. If you are interested in having UCAN come to speak at your meeting or function please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Ratepayers Won’t Cover Your Losses

In the final resolution to the 2007 wildfires and the associated $379 million in uninsured losses SDG&E tried to pass on to us, today (November 30) the CPUC issued their ruling: No, that’s a shareholder expense, not to be passed on to the ratepayers.

This means you will not be paying an extra $1.67 per month, on average, for 6 years (total $120) to help out SDG&E shareholders.

It’s hard to believe these fires took place a decade ago in October of 2007. Back then it seemed much of SoCal was on fire, a total of 30 separate outbreaks with 8 of those (2 especially large) in San Diego County. The county lost over 2,800 buildings, including over 2,000 homes; a half million people were evacuated; three people died. Many fingers were pointed at power line failures as having started some of the fires.

In the aftermath SDG&E exhausted their insurance coverage and came to the CPUC for relief, paid for by all of us. They argued the losses were not their fault, rather, that wind conditions exceeded all past experience. UCAN’s expert testimony was cited in the decision for, essentially, obliterating SDG&E’s arguments that the winds were unprecedented.

We are extremely proud of the role UCAN played in this. 


About UCAN

UCAN has represented the interests of San Diego County utility customers since 1983. UCAN focuses its efforts on the rates and services of San Diego Gas and Electric Company, telecommunications utilities and the City of San Diego Water Department.