SDUT: SDG&E opposes lobbying rules on public power program

September 22, 2016 – San Diego Union Tribune – Joshua Emerson Smith reports:  San Diego Gas & Electric shareholders want more autonomy when it comes to weighing on whether cities like San Diego should adopt an increasingly popular program that puts government officials — instead of a utility — in charge of buying and selling power….

Specifically, SDG&E opposes a moratorium on sharing independent contractors with the marketing division, which would be housed under its parent company Sempra Energy. It also took exception to annual monitoring reports that lawyers for the utility said would unfairly require the disclosure of confidential information about shareholder spending.

Advocates of renewable energy blasted the move, predicting that utility shareholders are preparing to launch an expensive campaign to oppose the adoption of CCA region.

“The fact that they want to operate under the cover of darkness is par for the course, but we will do everything in our power to safeguard families and shine a light on their shady acts,” said Nicole Capretz, executive director of the local nonprofit Climate Action Campaign, which has been pushing the programs in cities across the county.

“We are disappointed but not surprised that SDG&E is continuing its relentless fight against San Diego families and their rights and freedoms,” she added.

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