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CPUC Proposal Rejects Utility Request to Build New Natural Gas Pipeline in San Diego

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Today we issued a proposal that, if adopted by our Commissioners at our June 21, 2018 Voting Meeting, would deny the request of San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) to build a new natural gas transmission pipeline, finding it is not needed for safety or reliability.

 The utilities are seeking CPUC approval to build a 47-mile long, 36-inch diameter natural gas transmission pipeline from Rainbow Station to Miramar, at a cost of $639 million. The pipeline would replace a 16-inch natural gas transmission pipeline, also from Rainbow Station to Miramar. The proposed route is located in San Diego County and crosses the cities of San Diego, Escondido, and Poway; unincorporated communities in San Diego County; and federal land. 

The proposal issued today by a CPUC Administrative Law Judge finds that the utilities' most recent natural gas supply forecast and the CPUC's reliability standard for gas planning do not demonstrate that there is a need for the proposed pipeline.  The proposal orders the companies to pursue options for supply that may be needed in smaller amounts and for shorter periods of time in the coming years.

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