San Diego Gas and Electric is trying to get approval for a $600 million project to build a new natural gas pipeline across the county.
The company pitches the new pipeline as a rare chance to increase the safety and reliability of its natural gas system.
Homeowners would likely see small rate increases to pay for it while SDG&E’s large industrial customers could see steep hikes to their bills.
Beyond that, questions from environmentalists, ratepayer advocates and even other utilities will dog SDG&E as the California Public Utilities Commission weighs whether to approve the company’s plan. Those dissenters questioned whether a big new line is needed and suggest the gas company has undisclosed motivations for building it.
SDG&E argues San Diego has been overly dependent on a single major natural gas pipeline and so is uniquely vulnerable to gas outages without a second major line.