Much Better Choices Launches Petition to Protect Consumers from Unfair Utility Rate Increases and Make SDGE & SoCal Edison Pay for their own San Onofre Mistakes
June 26, 2013 - By John Mattes (Contact) | San Diego
Much Better Choices, a Southern California based political action committee (PAC), announced the release of a petition to protect consumers and hold SDGE & SoCal Edison financially accountable for failed repairs to the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant. The petition, distributed through MoveOn.org, and its signatures will be delivered to San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, San Diego City Attorney, Jan Goldsmith, and San Diego Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors, Greg Cox.
Southern California consumers will be receiving an estimated 10 to 13% increase in their utility bills in the near future; the increase is to compensate the utility companies for their losses resulting from the failed repairs of the plant, which was entirely due to their own mistakes. Much Better Choices recognizes the injustice of forcing consumers to compensate corporations for their own management failures, and leads this effort to make Southern California (SoCal) Edison and SDGE, owners of the San Onofre Nuclear Plant, pay for their own mistakes - not consumers.
Over the last 2 years, the utility companies Southern California (SoCal) Edison and SDGE, owners of the San Onofre Nuclear Plant, have botched repairs to steam generators at the plant. Now that the plant is shut down for good, these utility companies want to make consumers pay over $500 million in costs for the ill-fated repairs. These utility companies want over 1.2 million California consumers to pick up the tab for their mistakes at the plant and are already sending bills to consumers.
We simply say: Don’t make us pay for your mistakes! It is time to get cities and counties impacted by the repair costs to stop this and intervene with regulators, and make the utility companies pay for their own mistakes.
By John Mattes
Don’t Make Us Pay For Your Mistakes at San Onofre
The utilities want California consumers to pick up the tab for their mistakes at the San Onofre nuclear power plant. With the plant now closed, the utilities are trying to pass on to consumers hundreds of millions dollars in costs for the ill-fated repairs. We are asking city and county elected officials to intervene with regulators on our behalf. The utilities should be held accountable. Customers should not have to pay for corporate mistakes.