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Last updated 11/9/2015 at 5:15pm



Ben Davis, a former Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) advisory board member, has until April 2016, to gather just under 366,000 signatures.

The long-time anti-nuclear power activist, has San Diego Gas & Electric and other private-investor-owned utilities in the state of California in his sights and aims to put before voters a plan to launch the California Electrical Utility District.

Davis’s mega-utility would essentially replace SDG&E, Pacific Gas & Electric and SoCal Edison, taking over distribution and electrical generation.

Public utilities nationwide have approximately 15 percent lower rates than those run by ‘for-profit’ entities, explains Davis. Stating that Sacramento Municipal Utility District has 25 percent lower rates compared to San Diego, which has some of the highest energy costs in the nation and produces industry-leading profits for Sempra Energy, SDG&E’s parent company.

As well as lowering prices, Davis aims to eliminate investor-held operations in the hopes of eradicating the scandals plaguing the industry's oversight panel and gaining the power of eminent domain to acquire power generation and transmission equipment as needed from the private sector.

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