News Release

SUPERVISOR DIANNE JACOB

DATE: 12/20/12

CONTACT: Steve Schmidt, 619-531-4766 or 619-206-9108

 

 

COUNTY SUPERVISOR DIANNE JACOB PRAISES THE STATE’S DENIAL OF SDG&E’S WILDFIRE COST-RECOVERY SCHEME

County Supervisor Dianne Jacob today lauded the state’s rejection of San Diego Gas & Electric’s scheme to bill its customers for the cost of the 2007 wildfires and any future wildfires caused by the utility.

“This is a huge win for San Diego County residents -- and for common sense,” said Supervisor Jacob. “SDG&E’s proposal to charge ratepayers for fires the utility largely helped cause would have been a grave injustice to ratepayers and victims of the 2007 firestorms.”

The California Public Utilities Commission today unanimously voted to deny SDG&E’s request to create a Wildfire Expense Balancing Account to cover uninsured costs related to the fires.

“Sempra Energy and SDG&E continue to make healthy profits and last year dished out hefty bonuses to their top executives,” said Jacob. “The idea that SDG&E cannot afford these costs is nonsense – and I’m glad state regulators appeared to see it the same way.”

Click here for the formal decision.

The 2007 firestorms were among the biggest and deadliest in county history and were largely triggered by SDG&E power lines.

(FOR ADDITIONAL COMMENT FROM SUPERVISOR JACOB CALL STEVE SCHMIDT AT 619-206-9108.)