UCAN protests hidden rate hike of $356 per household
Editor's Note: This announcement received broad media coverage as follows:
KPBS: Group Claims SDG&E Wants To Retroactively Charge Customers For 2007 Wildfire Liability
FOX: Consumer group fights SDG&E wildfire rate hike
CBS: SDG&E may seek to cover wildfire cost with rate hike
ABC: Group: SDG&E Wants Customers To Cover Wildfire Costs
NBC: SDG&E May Seek $500M From Customers for Wildfire Costs
KUSI: SDG&E's request to bill customers for uninsured wildfire damages
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Hidden in the fine print of its “WEBA”* rate application, SDG&E has asked CPUC, the California Public Utilities Commission, to retroactively impose a rate hike of nearly half a billion dollars on SDG&E customers to cover the cost of insurance for its power-line caused fires in 2007.* UCAN is intervening to stop the abusive rate hike.
WHO: UCAN’s Lead Wildfire Attorney, David Peffer
WHAT: UCAN will expose how SDG&E’s slippery attorneys have
manipulated the regulatory process in an effort to impose a
$463 million* retroactive rate hike on SDG&E customers.
Plain-English materials explaining the rate hike and SDG&E’s
questionable legal arguments will be available.
WHERE: UCAN’s NEW OFFICES at 3405 Kenyon, Suite 401, San Diego (Map)
WHEN: Mr. Peffer will be available for interviews from
10:00am to 2:00pm today, February 20.
WHY: San Diego pays one of the highest electric rates in the U.S.A.
To arrange an interview with Mr. Peffer, or for background information, contact Charles Langley at (619) 690-9006, or cell (858) 752-4600.
*1 WEBA = “Wildfire Expense Balancing Account”
*2 Cal Fire has determined that the Witch, Rice, and Guejito Fires were SDG&E power-line caused.
*3There are an estimated 1.3 million meters in SDG&E’s territory. The proposed rate hike is $463 million, which works out to an average cost per meter of $356.00.