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San Diego Gas & Electric requests electric, gas rate increase

San Diego Gas & Electric Co. filed a request with the California Public Utilities Commission to increase electric and gas rates, citing the need for infrastructure modernization.

The Sempra Energy utility has requested a $218 million increase over 2018 rates approved by the commission in order to make several upgrades aimed at improving reliability, according to an Oct. 6 news release.

If the requested rates are approved, an average residential customer using 500 kWh would see an increase of about $6.13 on the monthly bill, according to the company. Meanwhile, an average residential customer using 25 therms of natural gas could expect an increase of about $7.57 on the monthly bill.

SDG&E plans to modernize the company's substations and other facilities, including the high-voltage power line in the Cleveland National Forest. The company also plans to ensure the safety of more than 14,000 miles of natural gas pipelines through increased monitoring and maintenance. To give customers in San Diego and south Orange County more access to renewable energy, SDG&E proposes installing software and grid-sensing technologies to help integrate rooftop solar, energy storage, electric vehicles and energy management devices.

The utility has asked for a decision on the request by the end of 2018.