Statement to the California Public Utilities Commission from Clear the Air Coalition

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The Clear the Air Coalition released the following statement today in response to a decision by the California Public Utilities Commission that establishes a new fee structure for government-controlled energy programs like the one the City of San Diego is considering:

“The decision state regulators approved today is a step in the right direction, but if the city of San Diego decides to get into the energy business this decision means ratepayers in National City, Chula Vista, Carlsbad, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, El Cajon, and all other neighboring communities would see higher energy bills, and San Diego taxpayers would be faced with mounting debt.

“Our coalition plans to analyze the full impacts of this decision because any plan that results in shifting costs from one customer to another is neither fair nor reasonable. By continuing to subsidize government-run energy programs like the one the city of San Diego is considering, we are creating tremendous financial risk for millions of energy customers and providing little to no environmental benefits.”

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