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Application 15-09-010

San Diego Gas & Electric Company for Authorization to Recover Costs Related to the 2007 Southern California Wildfires Recorded in Wildfire Expense Memorandum Account (WEMA)

Filed September 25, 2015

San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) is seeking $379 million in uninsured related cost related to the 2007 wildfires which were caused by SDG&E equipment. In this application, SDG&E is seeking a reasonableness review for their expenses that resulted from fires ignited by their own utility lines in 2007. Several of the issues that need to be examined concern how SDG&E’s equipment caused the fires and whether SDG&E exercised prudence in the operation of their utility prior to the fires igniting. In SDG&E’s application, they note their reasonableness in their litigation strategy in settling the wildfire lawsuits. This aspect of examination only focuses on SDG&E’s conduct after the fires ignited. UCAN believes that the primary area of inquiry is whether SDG&E was imprudent, in the operation of their utility by failing to maintain their system such that the fires were started in the first place. UCAN, therefore, protests SDG&E’s application in this matter. 

Update: Commission voted November 30, 2017 in favor of the Proposed Decsion. SDG&E cannot collect $379 million from their ratepayers. 

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