Court denies SDG&E appeal; utility wanted customers to pay $379M for 2007 wildfire costs

“The long-running effort by San Diego Gas & Electric to pass onto ratepayers $379 million in costs related to deadly wildfires in 2007 that ripped through parts of the county has suffered another setback.

California’s 4th District Court of Appeal in San Diego late Tuesday afternoon denied a petition from SDG&E asking the court to review a decision made by the California Public Utilities Commission last year that rejected the utility’s request to recover the $379 million through rates.

The record “contains substantial evidence showing both that SDG&E’s facilities caused all three of the wildfires at issue,” Benke wrote, “and that SDG&E did not meet its burden to show that it reasonably and prudently operated and maintained those facilities … In sum, SDG&E has failed to demonstrate that the (CPUC) erred on the claims it asserts.””

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