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UCAN Fall 2015 Newsletter



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Dear UCAN Members and Supporters,

This year has been a busy and memorable year here at UCAN. We have been actively involved in approximately a dozen cases at the California Public Utility Commission and our Fraud Squad has assisted more than 200 utility consumers who were having trouble with power companies, water agencies, and a host of telephone, cable, and other telecomm providers. As we take a moment to look back on this past year, I have never been more proud of the work that we do each day here at UCAN and what we have been able to accomplish for utility ratepayers here in San Diego and across the state.

Here is a sampling of the cases and issues that we are working on:

Thank you,

Don Kelly
San Onofre

Since the revelations of a secret meeting between former CPUC President Michael Peevey and Southern California Edison, UCAN has been supporting other consumer groups in their efforts to overturn the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station (SONGS) Settlement. Over the past few months The Utility Reform Network (TURN) and the Office of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA), two signatories to the settlement have called for the settlement to be rescinded. Click here for more information.

UCAN is also actively participating in the decommissioning cost estimate proceeding for San Onofre, focusing on protecting ratepayers from excessive costs.

SDG&E General Rate Case

SDG&E originally requested approval to collect $1.905 Billion from rate payers through their 2014 General Rate Case. UCAN has spent the past year opposing this request. In the past month, UCAN, SDG&E, and most of the other parties agreed to a settlement that reduces the amount SDG&E will receive by almost $100 million dollars, stops SDG&E from closing three branch offices, and puts in place multiple safeguards which further limit the amount of money SDG&E can collect from ratepayers for various programs through this proceeding. Click here for more information.

UCAN would like to thank our members who came and spoke at the CPUC’s Public Participation Hearings in June. Your input is truly invaluable to our efforts. Thank you!

Fraud Squad

Over the past year UCAN’s Fraud Squad has worked on over 200 cases, assisting San Diego ratepayers with billing issues, utility shut-offs, and questions about energy, water, and telecomm services. If you have a billing issue, have a question about your bill, or have received a shut off notice, put UCAN’s Fraud Squad to work for you! Give us a call at (619) 696-6966 or fill out an online request for assistance form.

SDG&E Wildfire Costs

UCAN opposes SDG&E’s request for $379 Million of expenses it was not insured for as a result of the 2007 wildfires. Two of these fires were caused by SDG&E equipment. SDG&E’s request attempts to have all ratepayers foot the bill for their uninsured costs. UCAN believes that SDG&E’s investors should be responsible for these costs. UCAN.org will have more information on this case as it develops. Click here to read SDG&E’s application.

SDG&E Electric Vehicle Charging Pilot

UCAN is opposing SDG&E’s request to raise electricity rates by nearly $103 Million to run a “pilot program” to install, own and operate electric vehicle charging stations. UCAN believes the program is TOO BIG, TOO LONG, and TOO EXPENSIVE for San Diego ratepayers. Click here for more information.

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.