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CPUC to Hold Public Hearings in Oceanside on SDG&E Rate Increase Proposal

Oceanside CA— The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold Public Participation Hearings in Oceanside on June 2, 2015 regarding the rate change requests of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) in order to make customers aware of the proposed revenue changes, and to solicit comments from customers about the impact the proposed changes could have on them.

The hearing in Oceanside is  June 2, 2015, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Oceanside Public Library, Civic Center Library Community Room, 330 North Coast Highway

In its General Rate Case Application, SDG&E seeks CPUC approval to update its electric and gas revenue requirement (the funds SDG&E needs to safely and reliably operate its system) to $1.905  billion ($326 million gas and $1.580 billion electric), effective January 1, 2016. If approved, this revenue requirement would be an increase of about $111 million over the estimated 2015 revenue requirement, or a 7 percent increase. According to SDG&E, when the impact of commodity costs and other accounting adjustments are included, the increases actually result in a monthly bill decrease of 53 cents (-0.5 percent) for a typical residential electric customer, and a monthly bill decrease of 38 cents (-0.9 percent) for a typical residential gas customer, as compared to the 2015 bill.  For a typical combined residential gas and electric customer, there would be a monthly bill decrease of 91 cents (-0.7 percent), as compared to the 2015 bill.

A CPUC Decision regarding the rate cases is expected in January 2016.

Comments from the public can help the CPUC reach an informed decision, and consumers are encouraged to attend Public Participation Hearings. For those unable to attend a Public Participation Hearing in person, written comments on any proceeding may be submitted to: CPUC Public Advisor, 505 Van Ness Ave., Room 2103, San Francisco, CA 94102, or via email to public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov. Please refer to the proceeding numbers on any written or email correspondence. All public comments received are provided to the CPUC’s Commissioners and the Administrative Law Judge assigned to the case.

Documents related to the SDG&E proceeding are available at http://delaps1.cpuc.ca.gov/CPUCProceedingLookup/f?p=401:56:5727864351918::NO.

If specialized accommodations are needed to attend a Public Participation Hearing, such as sign language interpreters, please contact the CPUC’s Public Advisor’s Office at public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov or toll free at 866-849-8390 at least five business days in advance of the hearing.

For more information on Public Participation Hearings, please see www.cpuc.ca.gov/PPH.