What’s at Stake
SoCalGas defied Commission policy and used customer funds to fight measures that are essential to meeting California’s climate goals and fight the climate crisis.
Environmental and watchdog groups exposed a campaign by the Southern California Gas Company that used customer money to fight stronger energy efficiency rules at the federal, state, and local levels in a campaign that sabotaged California’s clean energy progress.
From at least 2014 to 2017, SoCalGas fought efficiency rules that threatened its profits, dipping into funds that the Commission had authorized the utility to spend on promoting stronger efficiency rules because these rules save customers money and reduce pollution.
In a troubling and ironic development, SoCalGas used customers’ funds intended to support advocacy by utilities in California for stronger energy codes and standards to instead campaign against energy efficiency measures.
Matt Vespa, Attorney, Clean Energy Program, Earthjustice: "You got busted, and you're out. And they just kind of slinkered away."
Socalgas Merits $255M Fine For Opposing Efficiency Standards With Customer Funds: Ratepayer Advocate
Sara Gersen, Attorney, Clean Energy Program, Earthjustice: "There's just no better way to realize the promise of energy efficiency than by putting strong standards in place."