Utilities commission turns back SDG&E, keeps ‘high usage charge’ on bills

After thousands of San Diego Gas & Electric customers saw their bills go through the roof during last year’s sweltering summer, the utility asked the California Public Utilities Commission to suspend or eliminate a recently instituted “high usage charge” as a way to offer some financial relief.

But the commission, known as the CPUC for short, has rejected the petition, saying getting rid of the fee rule would not solve the problem and suggested SDG&E look at another option instead.

“Last summer was a challenge for our customers, particularly for people who experienced dramatic increases in their bills due, in part, to the high usage charge,” said Scott Crider, SDG&E’s vice president of customer services. “We heard their concerns and took action to have the (fee) removed on their behalf, but unfortunately the CPUC did not approve our request.”

The CPUC’s decision comes as SDG&E has been rolling out rate plans that don’t include the high usage charge.

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Utilities commission turns back SDG&E, keeps ‘high usage charge’ on bills, by Rob Nikolewski, The San Diego Union-Tribune, June 6, 2019.

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