Ratepayers may get refund on San Onofre shutdown costs

Ratepayers may get refund on San Onofre shutdown costs


san-onofre-plantSAN DIEGO — A pair of California Public Utilities Commission administrative law judges proposed Tuesday that San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison refund tens of millions of dollars to customers because of the shutdown of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

The judges proposed that SDG&E pay back $19.3 million, and Edison give back $74.2 million, after finding those costs were neither reasonable nor necessary, according to the CPUC.

The commissioners will have to vote on whether to approve the recommendation, possibly at a meeting scheduled for Dec. 19.

The nuclear plant along the northern San Diego County coastline has been idle since January 2012, when a small leak was discovered in a relatively new steam generator.

Edison, the operator and majority owner of the plant, decided in June to retire the two reactors, citing the economic impact of mountain regulatory problems. The utility is pursuing damages…

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