San Diegans speak out against San Onofre costs

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — Dozens of people at a public meeting rose to oppose the reimbursement of San Diego Gas and Electric for replacement power it purchased while the now-defunct San Onofre nuclear plant sat idle.

The Tuesday night meeting in San Diego was held to gather public input before a hearing later this month where the California Public Utilities Commission will consider whether to withhold a nearly $70 million reimbursement of SDG&E, which owns 20 percent of the San Onofre plant.

U-T San Diego reports that CPUC Commissioner Mike Florio told those at the meeting that the plan the commission was considering opposes ratepayers paying retroactively for the replacement power.

Majority owner Southern California Edison in June announced the permanent closure of the plant that went offline early last year.