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Poll: Is SDG&E Doing All It Can to Provide Power at Reasonable Costs?

Local utility opens Sunrise Powerlink, deals with shutdown of San Onofre and calls flex alerts.

San Diego Gas & Electric Co. is relieved that temperatures eased Tuesday and Wednesday and “flex alerts” were no longer needed. The alerts urged customers to reduce their power use during the hottest times of the day—and lessen the risk of rolling blackouts. But some observers—such at U-T San Diego columnist Roger Hedgecock—wonder what the local utility is doing to shore up energy supplies. And what about the regular requests for rate increases? Does SDG&E lack energy in developing new power sources?

Joe St. Lucas August 23, 2012 at 05:50 PM
They don't need to worry about reasonable costs, they're a monopoly and we're stuck paying whatever ransom they desire until we all go solar.
Things I Learned August 23, 2012 at 06:02 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvqUgdtbiZQ
Harry Jones August 23, 2012 at 07:11 PM
But, then again the citizens of Santee along w/Council are not either.... Need I say more.
Komfort August 23, 2012 at 08:26 PM
"Early in the Obama administration, a lobbyist for the Illinois-based energy producer Exelon Corporation proudly called it "the president's utility." And it was not just because it delivers power to Barack Obama's Hyde Park neighborhood... Exelon's top executives were early and frequent supporters of Mr. Obama as he rose from the Illinois State Senate to the White House. John W. Rogers Jr., a friend of the president's and one of his top fund-raisers, is an Exelon board member. David Axelrod, Mr. Obama's longtime political strategist, once worked as an Exelon consultant, and Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago mayor and Mr. Obama's former chief of staff, helped create the company through a corporate merger in 2000 while working as an investment banker. With energy an increasingly pivotal issue for the Obama White House, a review of Exelon's relationship with the administration shows how familiarity has helped foster access at the upper reaches of government and how the outcome, in some cases, has been favorable for Exelon. White House records show that Exelon executives were able to secure an unusually large number of meetings with top administration officials at key moments in the consideration of environmental regulations that have been drafted in a way that hurt Exelon's competitors, but curb the high cost of compliance for Exelon and its industry allies. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/23/us/politics/ties-to-obama-aided-in-access-for-exelon-corporation.html?pagewanted=all
Kathy August 23, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Pay the RIDICULOUS Gas & Electric Rate or sit in the DARK. Hum, not much of a choice, is it??????????????
sheeple herder August 23, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Had two solar contractors come and give bids. For 100%+ system iis not cheap but, any way we can stick it to the "San Diego Gougers and Extortionists" will be worth it in the long run!
Komfort August 23, 2012 at 09:10 PM
"The struggling, foreign-owned wind power company that laid off two-thirds of its Arkansas workforce earlier this month after receiving more than $30 million in aid from the federal government also received $15 million from the state of Arkansas and was heavily promoted by the state's Democratic governor. [...] According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the firm received $6.9 million from Arkansas Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's Quick Action Closing Fund, and $8 million from the state's Economic Infrastructure Fund. It also received a 25-year corporate income tax exemption, sales-tax refunds on building materials and equipment, and a 5 percent rebate on new payroll for 10 years. "Today we celebrate the result of this successful partnership," Beebe announced in 2008 when LM Wind Power opened its doors. Beebe has been an ardent supporter of subsidizing wind energy. ... Gov. Beebe's office did not return multiple requests for comment. In place of real energy, Democrats focus on an imaginary world where government-subsidized windmills and solar panels can power the American economy. This vision has failed. Government has no business picking winners and losers ... it should focus its "investment" in research ... and let the market decide when, where, and if wind energy is competitive enough to survive and prosper ... and do so on its own." http://www.hyscience.com/archives/2012/08/another_wind_co.php?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
Jimmy Sanders August 23, 2012 at 09:23 PM
BO said under his plan energy prices would necessarilly skyrocket. So-called renewable energy costs about 50% more to produce so as SDGE and others convert to them, and ruin ever more open space in the process, just know we will pay much more for lower reliablity, and less power availability. Go Nuclear!
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Harry Jones August 24, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Not prying, but roughly how much did they bid. Neighbor just went solar but not talking about it. Makes me wonder....
David B Secor August 26, 2012 at 09:33 PM
You said it, Joe. SDG&E and its corporate and bankster associates can only maximize their profits by controlling energy generation throughout the area. That is why 50 industrial wind projects are in the works. It's not about needed power generation, it's about money. And if that means destroying East County's back country environment and polluting Santee and the Cajon Valley - no problem. Unfortunately, "our" representative and my opponent for Congress, has been timid about actively defending the people of Santee and the residents near the giant 150' towers and transmission lines that scar the back country in our district. (If fires begin along those lines during the coming Santa Ana months, we will not be able to fight them with aircraft. Even if SDG&E shuts down power - putting us in a blackout - the aircraft cannot fly anywhere near the power lines and any fire retardant dropped above them would have no effect on a fire. If the federal government would give homeowners and businesses the same amount in subsidies they have thrown to the corporations for destructive and dangerous wind turbine projects, we would be well on our way to controlling our own electrical generation. SDG&E could be required to pay homeowners and business at retail rates for excess power they send to the grid. While that would benefit the people, it would mean less profit for SDG&E. We certainly can form a non-profit ratepayer owned utility for electrical power generation with solar.
Jay Berman August 27, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Sempra / SDG+E is interested in maily transmission and distribution, this is where they make their money so if we had more local generation, the less they would make. SDG+E gets to bill the ratepayer for most capital projects - then we pay for the use of these facilities and Sempra shareholders do well ... Our electric system in this state was destroyed in 1999 / 2000 deregulation scandal. You can't have a free market in something you can't store. Electric needs to be fully regulated, SDG+E needs to be a stand alone corporation responsible for generating and distributing electricity for a reasonable profit.
Censorship? August 27, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Jennifer Vigil - Why are you not printing comments on the Mansion Mysteries that support that Rebecca Zahau committed suicide because she hurt Max Shacknai? Why are you only printing comments that state the Shacknais or Romanos killed RZ, when they have been cleared by police and her death ruled a suicide? Why don't you care about the death of a little 6-year old boy???
Loki August 31, 2012 at 10:04 AM
SDGE is selling electricity & gas at "Cost Plus" the same as any business. Whether or not "SDG&E doing all it can to supply reliable power at reasonable costs" don't be surprised when the rates sky-rocket in 2013 when California's Cap & Trade goes into effect. Hint: Cap & Trade is so detrimental to economy - both business and residents - that even Obama & Co did not pass it. Quick fact: Carbon Monoxide (CO) - not a "green house gas". CO emissions are reduced in automobiles and electric generation facilities via a catalyst process - known as a "catalytic converter". Carbon Dioxide (CO2) - a "green house gas" - is the target of the Cap & Trade mafia - and is the natural byproduct of Catalytic Converters ... No realistic abatement process has yet been designed to control CO2 emissions - and so no end is in sight for reducing these emissions - only an indefinite cash cow for CO2 Traders - paid for by US.
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Santee Homeowner September 08, 2012 at 05:26 PM
not really you could go off-grid, start with a $2k system and gradually expand.
Jay Berman September 08, 2012 at 05:30 PM
I would go off grid in a heartbeat ... requires solar panels, battery bank and a natural gas automatic generator ... tell SDG+E to screw off ... take their "smart" meter off my house ..
Santee Homeowner September 08, 2012 at 05:30 PM
you said it, about 4000 people will be affected by the proposed power plant and you have on a good day 10 people from the West end fight it. When the power plant gets forced upon us by the CEC you can bet the last dollar from your devalued property that the other 3,900 people will complain the 10 people fighting just didn't do enough. The local politicians aren't with a keystroke.
Santee Homeowner September 08, 2012 at 06:00 PM
not really, you could go off-grid, start with a $2k PV solar system and gradually expand. Go to youtube search "off-grid solar" thousands of people have joined the off-grid revolution. If you can understand high school geometry you can build your own off-grid PV solar system, prices for the components are dropping rapidly. recently saw an article that said by 2015 the cost of the panels will be 1/2 what they are now! Start small and expand, the smart people are avoiding the high pressure sales programs of the solar financing that leaves you vulnerable to the Utility anyway.
Santee Homeowner September 08, 2012 at 06:05 PM
you could go off-grid, start with a $2k PV solar system and gradually expand. Go to youtube search "off-grid solar" thousands of people have joined the off-grid revolution. If you can understand high school geometry you can build your own off-grid PV solar system, prices for the components are dropping rapidly. recently saw an article that said by 2015 the cost of the panels will be 1/2 what they are now! Start small and expand, the smart people are avoiding the high pressure sales programs of the solar financing that leaves you vulnerable to the Utility anyway. Check this out global crowd sourcing, free solar education by professionals worldwide! Surf this site and like Cogenrix says, "knowledge is power" Withhold your financial from the scorched earth polcy of the State energy monopoly go off-grid. it's all right here http://solpowerpeople.com/resources/
Jay Berman September 08, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Santee - the only way I would do it is if the PV array generated enough electricity to run the house and completely charge the battery bank on an average day .. about 1500KwH a month .... You would have to have the standby generator kick in when the batteries hit about 10% .. reliabliity is key when you go off grid. I would also have DC circuits to run converted or bought DC appliances such as HVAC, washer / dryer. fridge ... PVs put out DC, you take a loss converting it to AC using an inverter .. then you can tell SDG+E to go to ...
Santee Homeowner September 08, 2012 at 10:20 PM
realistically at this time to go off-grid two or three things would need to be essential, the use of thermal solar for water heating especially if you have all electric home, that will take out about 20% of the demand. Next an aggressive energy conservation plan, radiant heat barrier in the attic, efficient shading on building envelope openings on South and West orientations, possibly a passive cooling system from the shaded north side. I think it's possible to eliminate the need for an AC if aggressive about other measures. Then the size of the system can be reduced, include a small gas or diesel generator and a micro wind turbine to keep the batteries topped off when the sun isn't out. The prices of the components are dropping, no reason to not build at minimum a portable off grid generator here is a great concept, do it yourself this model my guess around $1k http://www.grideraser.com/Pages/YouTubeVideos.aspx FYI Costco now has deep cycle marine batteries for $85.00
Santee Homeowner September 08, 2012 at 10:22 PM
one other item "Solar Ovens" gotta love those, no electricity, no fuel just the energy from the sun
Jay Berman September 08, 2012 at 10:24 PM
I don't want to conserve .. If I want my house as cold as a meatlocker in the summer and nice and toasty in the winter, that's what I want .. I have a bank of 4 Deep Cycle batteries and a solar panel to keep them charged .. I use it for my emergency Ham radios and to keep my computer network alive ...
jreynolds November 20, 2012 at 02:59 PM
We should all conserve energy for a greener tomorrow.. <strong><a href="http://bit.ly/TdSpe1">delicious</a></strong>
jreynolds November 20, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Your right. not just solar but any sustainable energy source. <strong><a href="http://bit.ly/TdSpe1 ">delicious</a></strong>
jreynolds November 20, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Yes they monopolizing everything that they can get their hands on. <strong><a href="http://bit.ly/TdSpe1">delicious</a></strong>
Santee Homeowner November 20, 2012 at 05:15 PM
new centralized windfarms, destructive transmission lines, centralized solar farms , new fossil fuel power plants to solve the problems caused by the centralized renewables, who is gonna pay? ha ha we all know, expect your rates to quadriple in a few years. Go off-grid now before they create a diconnect from the grid extortion fee.
Santee Homeowner November 20, 2012 at 05:20 PM
^^^^^ $Billions in taxpayer dollars in loans and grants, meanwhile California rooftops sit vacant, Germany, Spain, Asia, and even Austin Texas move forward with market based feed in tarrifs the unleash rooftop potential. Californians will pay for decades because of the current CPUC, CEC, CAISO, SEMPRA, Pattern Energy, NRG... cronyism and incompetence.
David B Secor November 22, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Yes, SH - Just follow the money to your representatives' in-boxes.

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