February 12, 2013 (San Diego)--This morning, ratepayer advocate and former San Diego City Attorney Michael J. Aguirre revealed details behind a new legal action against Southern California Edison (SCE) with what he terms “smoking gun documents showing how SCE executives have unlawfully levied multiple rate hikes on San Diego and Southern California ratepayers without formal approval from regulators.”
Aguirre is demanding refunds from Southern California Edison and SDG&E for ratepayers in our region, which is home to the highest electric rates in the USA.
There is compelling evidence showing SCE knows the San Onofre nuclear power plant costs were not reasonable. The steam generators have not worked for over a year, they lasted for less than two years and were supposed to last over 18 years, Aguirre noted.
Aguirre contends that SCE has unlawfully charged ratepayers hundreds of millions of dollars without formal approval by regulators through the unlawful use of Advice Letters that circumvent the rate review process, and prevents the payment of millions of dollars in refunds owed to ratepayers.
“Ratepayers can demand -- and get -- a full refund for utility overcharges related to San Onofre with a single phone call,” he stated. “ At this time, the future of San Onofre's costs, and whether they will be charged in full to ratepayers -- or refunded -- is in the hands of a single low-level bureaucrat at the California Public Utilities Commission.”
As few as ten phone calls from rate-payers demanding a "reasonableness review on San Onofre”” can force SCE and SDG&E to justify passing the cost of the failed nuclear reactors on to ratepayers. According to Aguirre "Almost every ratepayer in Southern California is owed a refund and reparations by SCE."
For copies of the legal action and evidence, see below: