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SDG&E – Law Suit


Last updated 10/7/2015 at 1:50pm

Michael Aguirre and his law firm, Aguirre & Severson, have filed a lawsuit Friday Oct. 2, on behalf of Ruth Henricks against SDG&E’s plans to increase ratepayers bills in order to cover costs associated with the 2007 wildfires.

On Sept. 25, San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) asked the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to approve a new electricity rate hike that will ask customers to pay almost $380 million in settlement fees associated with the fire.

With $420 million in costs remaining unpaid SDG&E filed paperwork on Sept. 25 in an attempt to pass along the costs to ratepayers. The bill would be broken down by requesting shareholders to pay 10 percent of the bill ($42 million) and customers covering the remaining $379 million. This would mean the average customer's bill would rise by $1.70 per month for a customer using 500 kilowatt-hours of electricity.

The company has said it would take six years to pay off the sum at that rate. If the change is approved, it would likely take effect in 2017.

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