Rate payers on the hook for PG&E’s seismic study
September 18, 2012
The State Public Utilities Commission agreed last week to allow PG&E to pass the $64 million cost of a planned seismic survey near Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant on to its customers. [KSBY]
The current proposed plans are to use high-decibel sound waves to map earthquake fault lines from November through December with the possibility of the tests being divided into two parts in successive years.
Last week, while requesting to pass the cost of the study to ratepayers, PG&E officials noted that Senator Sam Blakeslee and the state had requested the testing, not PG&E. In addition, officials said that because PG&E’s customers will benefit from the study, they should pay for it.
“It is appropriate to pay for the studies through rate increases as the study benefits all of PG&E’s customers,” Blair Jones of PG&E told KSBY. “The enhanced seismic knowledge of the region, allows for the continued safe operation of this valuable generation facility.”
PG&E customers throughout the state are slated to see a small increase in their bills.