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San Diego Gas & Electric pays $57M over botched bulb program

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Posted at 12:05 PM, Sep 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-10 15:05:09-04

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Gas & Electric will refund $51.6 million to ratepayers and pay a $5.5 million fine over a botched program to encourage people to buy energy-efficient lightbulbs.

The San Diego Union-Tribune says the California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday approved an agreement that SDG&E reached nearly a year ago with two consumer organizations. At issue was a utility program to get customers to buy energy-efficient lightbulbs by providing incentives for manufacturers and stores to provide them.

Investigators found that SDG&E couldn’t account for millions of bulbs, some of which were overstocked, never sold or never delivered.