News Release


DATE: March 19, 2001

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SAN DIEGO - San Diego ratepayers will be forced to conserve far more power than the rest of the Golden State under California's 20/20 energy conservation plan, said San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob.

On Tuesday, March 20, 2001, Jacob will ask the Board of Supervisors to demand that the State grant a 10 percent conservation credit to customers of San Diego Gas and Electric.

Jacob claims that San Diego ratepayers already cut power consumption by 10 percent during the summer of 2000. Jacob maintains that it would be unjust and unfair to evaluate the region's conservation efforts based on 2000 figures.

"San Diego County was the first in the State to experience the effects of California's newly deregulated market," said Jacob. "When the bills of San Diego homes and businesses tripled and quadrupled last summer, customers buckled down and conserved some 10 percent region wide," Jacob said.

"Under the Governor's 20/20 plan, the San Diego region is at an unfair disadvantage," said Jacob. "Our consumption cannot be determined by last summer's baseline. We must be credited for the 10 percent we've already achieved," Jacob said.

The Governor's 20/20 plan gives a 20 percent rebate to ratepayers who cut energy consumption by 20 percent from June through September of this year, compared with the same four months in 2000.

The 20/20 plan is designed to help the California avoid rolling blackouts during the warm summer months.