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California Watchdog Wants SoCalGas to Pay Bigger Lobby Fine

Sempra Energy Draws Gas From Field Shut After Biggest U.S. Leak
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A California consumer watchdog agency is calling on regulators to fine Sempra Energy’s Southern California Gas Co. an additional $124 million for using customer money to lobby against the state’s climate goals.

SoCalGas has continued to use ratepayer funds to fight stringent energy codes and standards in state proceedings after regulators barred the utility from doing it in 2018, the Public Advocates Office of the California Public Utilities Commission said in a filing Friday.