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April 3, 1990 | JIM NEWTON
Arguing that two local power companies have refused to pay the bill for putting out fires that they caused, lawyers for Orange County today will ask the Board of Supervisors to let them file suit in Superior Court. The lawsuits against San Diego Gas and Electric Co. and Southern California Edison Co. would seek to recover the fire-suppression costs for a pair of blazes in 1988 and 1989.
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August 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Sempra Energy's San Diego Gas & Electric said it probably would fall short of California's renewable energy goals, which could subject it to fines of as much as $25 million. SDG&E, which provides electricity to 1.4 million homes and businesses in Southern California, will be unable to get 20% of its power supplies from renewable energy sources such as wind turbines and solar panels by 2010, as mandated by a state law, the company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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BUSINESS
June 14, 1988 | GREG JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
San Diego Gas & Electric, which charges some of the highest residential electric rates in the country, said Monday that it will merge with Tucson Electric Power Co., an Arizona utility known as one of the lowest cost producers of electricity. The merger, which will involve a stock swap with no money changing hands, will create a new, San Diego-based utility with $5.7 billion in assets.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Sempra Energy's San Diego Gas & Electric utility got California regulatory approval for a $572-million plan to upgrade customer meters with equipment that will provide more data on energy consumption. San Diego Gas & Electric plans to install about 1.4 million advanced electric meters and upgrade 900,000 natural gas meters by the first quarter of 2011.
BUSINESS
February 22, 2005 | James F. Peltz, Times Staff Writer
When Sempra Energy Chief Executive Stephen Baum recently took stock of his years at the helm of the nation's largest utility owner, he was characteristically blunt about the milestones. "We didn't bankrupt the company," the ex-Marine said. Sempra is the parent of Southern California Gas Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. -- two utilities that played key roles in California's 2000-01 energy crunch.
BUSINESS
May 5, 2001 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Gray Davis announced a $7-billion agreement Friday to buy electricity for 10 years from the most robust of California's utility companies, Sempra Energy, parent of San Diego Gas & Electric Co. In contrast, a decidedly more troubled Edison International launched a $3-million advertising campaign to build support for completion of its deal, brokered by Davis, to sell its transmission grid to the state for $2.76 billion.
NEWS
December 20, 1990 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fuel-price increases, inflation and the continuing drought were blamed for utility rate increases announced Wednesday that will push the electric bills of Southern California Edison customers up 9.3% next month, the largest hike in three years. A residential customer who currently pays the typical bill of $55.37 monthly will be charged $4.97 more a month under the hikes approved by the California Public Utilities Commission. Overall, Edison was granted a 6.8% increase by the PUC, worth $458.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2001 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It has all the trappings of a parochial, not-in-my-backyard brouhaha: anxiety over property values, the environment and local business. But the subject of this particular debate--a proposed $270-million electricity transmission line starting in this scrubby outpost of chicken wire, strip mall churches and tumbleweeds--has ominous implications for all of California. Effectively using California's energy crisis as ammunition, San Diego Gas & Electric Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2000 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rebate checks averaging $260 per household were mailed to San Diego Gas & Electric customers in south Orange County in the past week, a welcome respite from the rising bills that customers have been receiving from the utility this summer. All 100,000 SDG&E customers in the county should receive checks in the next five weeks, spokesman Art Larson said Tuesday. Small-business owners can expect a rebate of about $870, he said. Overall, SDG&E said that about 1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1993 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a twist to the controversy over the purported health risks caused by high-voltage power lines, a group of San Clemente homeowners is battling a major utility company in court, claiming the wires are ruining their property values. The case, to be heard Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court, pits 10 homeowners in the upscale Mariner's Point neighborhood against San Diego Gas & Electric Co., which owns three miles of high-voltage lines running within 10 feet of some property lines.
BUSINESS
February 10, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Sempra Energy's San Diego Gas & Electric said it reached a compromise with consumer advocates on a proposal to spend $572 million on advanced meters. Advanced meters contain communications equipment that enables the utility to record energy consumption data remotely, eliminating the need for workers to read the meters manually. The meters also may provide consumers with detailed data about power consumption.
BUSINESS
September 21, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
Sempra Energy on Wednesday named Debra L. Reed as chief executive of Southern California Gas Co. and its smaller sister utility, San Diego Gas & Electric Co., marking the first time a woman has run the nation's largest natural gas utility. Reed, 50, who retains the title of president, replaces Edwin A. Guiles, 56. Guiles is becoming Sempra executive vice president of corporate development.
BUSINESS
February 10, 2006 | From Reuters
Southern California Gas Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric said their customers would see lower energy bills in the coming months because of warmer-than-normal weather in January. The warmer conditions have driven down the cost of natural gas, reducing winter gas and electricity bills from earlier estimates, said the utilities, which are units of Sempra Energy.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2005 | Dana Calvo, Special to The Times
The energy crisis ended four years ago, but it's echoing in two California courtrooms. In San Diego, jury selection is set to begin this week in the $23-billion antitrust case against Southern California Gas Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co., along with their parent company Sempra Energy. They're accused of squeezing natural gas supplies to California, contributing to wild price jumps during the state's infamous energy market meltdown of 2000-01.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
San Diego Gas & Electric has submitted a proposal to energy regulators to replace traditional electronic meters with devices capable of billing based on the time of day that energy is used. The change could mean less expensive power at night, when demand is lower, and more expensive power during hot summer afternoons, when demand is at a peak. The change would result in savings of $660 million to customers in the long run, according to the utility.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
San Diego Gas & Electric would forfeit its 20% interest in the San Onofre nuclear power plant if it declined to participate in a planned $680-million equipment replacement, according to a regulatory filing Wednesday. Southern California Edison, owner of 75% of the generating station in northern San Diego County, said in its annual report that an arbitrator decided SDG&E's plan to opt out of the investment would result in its losing the stake.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1989 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
City Atty. John Witt on Wednesday recommended that the City Council oppose San Diego Gas & Electric's proposed merger with Southern California Edison because the deal "is not in the best interests" of San Diegans. The merger would also have an impact on several South Orange County communities. In a memorandum circulated Wednesday, Witt suggested that the merger would eliminate local utility jobs, damage San Diego's civic pride and hurt the environment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2000 | TONY PERRY and MATTHEW EBNET, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For Carol Vanderwende and her husband, who live on a budget as they try to pay for the care of their 24-year-old mentally disabled son, electric bills already run high. The Vanderwendes installed air conditioning two years ago in their Laguna Hills home to make their son, who is deaf and has a heart disorder, more comfortable. Last month, the electric bill was $220. This month, the bill jumped to a whopping $466. "I'm literally cooking on the outdoor grill tonight," Vanderwende said.
BUSINESS
February 22, 2005 | James F. Peltz, Times Staff Writer
When Sempra Energy Chief Executive Stephen Baum recently took stock of his years at the helm of the nation's largest utility owner, he was characteristically blunt about the milestones. "We didn't bankrupt the company," the ex-Marine said. Sempra is the parent of Southern California Gas Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. -- two utilities that played key roles in California's 2000-01 energy crunch.
BUSINESS
December 3, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
If you're a San Diego Gas & Electric Co. customer, Thursday was an expensive day. The California Public Utilities Commission divvied up among the customers of the state's three investor-owned utilities the costs of long-term electricity contracts the state signed during the 2000-01 power crisis.
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