San Diego Gas & Electric
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) (website) is the company that provides electricity to most of San Diego County and parts of Orange County. Serving 1.4 million electricity customers and 830,000 natural gas customers. SDG&E owns more than 22,050 miles of power distribution lines, and 1,886 miles of transmission lines managed by the California Independent System Operator. 1
SDG&E is owned by Sempra Energy, a Fortune 500 energy services holding company.
United States versus San Diego Gas and Electric
In 2006, SDG&E was indicted by U.S. Attorney Carol C. Lam in the Southern District of California on 5 counts constituting environmental crimes, including conspiracy, fraud, and 3 counts of mishandling regulated asbestos containing materials in violation of the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants. Additional defendants include SDG&E's director of environmental compliance, an uncertified asbestos removal consultant, and the IT Corporation project manager. Charges were dismissed without prejudice in November 2006, but the defendants were re-indicted in early 2007 on nearly identical charges, and the case was heard in San Diego's federal court in June and July 2007. 2 On July 13, 2007, 3 guilty verdicts were returned against defendants SDG&E, IT Corporation project manager Kyle Rhuebottom, and SDG&E environmental specialist David "Willie" Williamson. 3
2. SDG&E asbestos-removal trial begins, SignOnSanDiego.com, 6/6/2007 [cached]
3. SDG&E Found Guilty Violating Asbestos Removal Standards, 10news.com, 7/13/2007 [cached]