SoCal Edison Says Ratepayer R&D Charge An Improper Tax

Law360, Los Angeles (October 16, 2013, 10:49 PM EDT) -- The California Public Utilities Commission cannot require electric utilities to collect $162 million per year from ratepayers to fund research and development programs, Southern California Edison Co. told a California appeals court Wednesday, saying the charge was a tax that the agency is not authorized to impose.

SoCal Edison said the PUC exceeded its regulatory authority when, at the request of California Gov. Jerry Brown, it directed utilities to collect the Electric Program Investment Charge as a replacement for a similar revenue-raising program that expired Jan....
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