SDG&E Defies State Order; Fights to Suppress Energy Freedom for San Diego Families

Despite a state order to suspend lobbying, SDG&E continues to flout the law & actively oppose Community Choice Energy

February 27, 2017 — SDG&E and its parent company, Sempra Services, continue to lobby against Community Choice Energy (CCE), demonstrating their belief that they are above the law and not subject to the same rules as the rest of us to maintain a civil society.

On February 15, representatives from Sempra Services both testified and submitted a letter to the San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors opposing a Community Choice Energy feasibility study, as well as engaged in lobbying behind the scenes, despite direction from the state to cease and desist. This lobbying violates the order of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) from either August 2016 and/or December 2016, which rejected SDG&E’s anti-CCE lobbying plan. The CPUC is now investigating SDG&E’s conduct.

Climate Action Campaign issued the following statement from  Executive Director, Nicole Capretz:

San Diego families just want to enjoy the freedom of energy choice for lower rates and cleaner air. Unfortunately, SDG&E appears to think it above the law, and is showing it SDGE will stop at nothing to squash our freedom and maintain their monopoly.”

Sempra Services representative testifying at the County CCE Vote on February 15, 2017.

More information:

  • Community Choice Energy is a program several cities in the region, including San Diego, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Del Mar, Oceanside and others are exploring to improve air quality, increase clean energy and provide cost-effective clean energy choices to families and local businesses. San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) would still operate the electric grid and reliably deliver our electricity, but the Community Choice program would offer customers a choice in electricity suppliers, set different rates and offer cleaner energy alternatives.
  • California law prohibits utilities from spending ratepayer dollars to lobby and market against Community Choice Energy.  Utilities are given authorization to market against Community Choice using shareholder dollars only on approval of the CPUC.
  • Climate Action Campaign and several cities, elected officials, businesses, and environmental organizations submitted letters and attending meetings with the CPUC to express opposition to SDG&E’s plan, arguing the playing field is not level.
  • In September 2016, SDG&E filed a request to the CPUC to grant them even more power to fight against San Diego families and stomp on their rights and freedoms.
  • In December 2016, the CPUC again suspended SDG&E’s marketing against Community Choice because of noncompliance with state law.