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Mayor Todd Gloria Reaches a Deal to Extend Gas and Electric Franchise Agreement with SDG&E

  • 2021-05-20T15:00:00.000+0000
  • Author: Melanie Cohn

On Friday, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria announced a new 20-year agreement for SDG&E to provide gas and electric service in the city. If approved by City Council, the city would be able to terminate the agreement for any reason after 10 years.

SDG&E agreed to a number of new city terms including the creation of a citizens oversight committee on the franchise fee, an extra $20 million paid by utility shareholders for so-called climate equity initiatives, and rebates to low income San Diegans for adding solar.

SDG&E would also have to come before the City Council every time it wants to increase San Diegans’ electric or gas rates and explain why.

Council is scheduled to vote May 25 on the franchise fee.