A day after it filed for a 35% rate increase, noting growinguncollected power costs, (see Daily GPI, Jan. 25) Sempra Energy reported a 20%increase in earnings in 2000 over 1999. Earnings for the parent of SanDiego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas totaled $429million, or $2.06/diluted share, compared to $394 million or $1.66 perdiluted share for 1999. Revenues for 2000 increased 30% hitting $7billion.
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Consumers and utilities continued to butt heads in Californialast week over how to deal with almost $5 billion in uncollectedrevenues by the state’s three major investor-owned utilities in thewake of this summer’s wholesale electricity price spikes. Withretail rates frozen the utilities have only collected a portion ofthe added cost of power since May. Consumer activists in SanFrancisco and San Diego last week launched a campaign against theutilities seeking pledges from political candidates throughout thestate to oppose attempts to raise consumer rates to recoverutilities’ costs.