Two prominent "regulators" have gone to work for Comcast - the same company they were supposed to be policing. The issue raises serious questions about the credibility and impartiality of the politically appointed bureaucrats that are supposed to be representing you in regulatory hearings. Full story.
If you initiate service with SDG&E and for whatever reason don’t measure up to their credit standards, they may ask you for a deposit. But don’t despair, the money is just that: a deposit that can be quickly credited to your account. We want to ensure that your deposit money gets back into your hot little hands ASAP. Here’s a Q&A on what you need to know about SDG&E deposits.
SDG&E sold the Sunrise Powerlink as a way to promote the development of "green" energy for San Diego. Now, the utility has terminated its Stirling solar energy project. Our warnings that SDG&E was "greenwashing" the project to sell it to a gullible public were accurate. More.
UCAN has petitioned the Public Utilities Commission asking that SDG&E not be permitted to impose smart meters upon customers who don't want to use them. A small but strongly-felt set of customers have expressed concerns about the accuracy, the intrusiveness and the health effects of smart meters. UCAN has asked the Commission to give these customers the ability to opt-out of smart meter service.
Although we haven’t gotten word yet on our proposed Smart Meter opt out policy, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has firmed up some of the longstanding issues around third party access to Smart Meter data. One part of this translated into a huge victory for San Diego consumers: SDG&E has been ordered to provide you with many more tools to keep your energy bill low.
The California Center for Sustainable Energy, a non-profit organization that helps California residents with energy efficiency, will be holding workshops over the next couple of months as part of a new California energy program.
New appointees could transform the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), from a "lap dog," into a watchdog
The end of an era at CPUC?
Governor Brown's new appointees to California's most powerful regulatory court - the California Public Utilities Commission - has the potential to restore integrity to a tarnished institution. Full Story.
Q&A time! We received received an inquiry from an SDG&E customer about some ESP charges that appeared on his bill. SDG&E bills him for his electricity use, but it is another company that actually provides him the electricity. Sidestepping the obvious ESP mind reading he should have seen it coming bad joke, let’s jump right in to the heart of the ESP issue.
Getting to borrow my oh-so-punny headline from the other day, it looks like Councilman Kevin Faulconer has another way to generate money for the City of San Diego--selling sewer to SDG&E. Now, I'm sure there are a lot of UCAN members and SDG&E customers who would love to sell some of their sewer to SDG&E. Heck, I'm sure some of them would give it away--in a throwing manner, of course--to SDG&E. Is this another attempt to raise money like putting solar panels on the top of light poles or will this actually be a good way to generate some money for the City? Let's find out.
In 2010, SDG&E filed a proposal with the California Public Utility Commision (CPUC), to increase your SDG&E rates by $1.2 billion. UCAN has fought this proposed rate increase by submitting expert testimony and briefs. These documents demonstrate that SDG&E has wildly inflated its costs in a number of cost categories. UCAN argues that SDG&E should not receive extraordinary profits for doing what it is required to do by law – provide good utility service at reasonable rates. Get the full 418-page Opening Brief (pdf format), here, or a quick summary here.
So is the electric car an environmental blessing or curse? Some allege that they simply substitute one kind of pollution for another. Others see it as a second coming of environmental enlightenments. Usually, these kinds of disputes resolve somewhere in the middle. But, according to the Sierra Club, perhaps not.