Regulators review project proposals, issue permits and oversee utility procurement and delivery of natural gas and electricity.
Sempra Energy’s utility customers want safe, clean, reliable and affordable energy. Our utilities want to provide this service while earning a reasonable rate of return for their efforts. Regulators work to balance these sometimes-competing requirements: Although our utilities may have the exclusive right to provide energy service to their customers, regulators set rules that specify where that energy comes from; how much infrastructure is needed to deliver it; and how much it should cost.
Sempra Energy’s businesses work to develop and operate energy infrastructure including power plants, liquefied natural gas terminals, natural gas storage facilities, natural gas pipelines, electric transmission lines, and wind and solar plants. Regulators review project proposals, issue permits and oversee utility procurement and delivery of natural gas and electricity.
Regulatory affairs, government affairs and other types of employees work to ensure regulators understand our company’s perspective on a wide range of relevant issues. They participate in public meetings, provide testimony and interact with regulators via phone, email or in-person meetings. Strict rules of conduct govern how we engage with regulators, and how these interactions must be reported.
Regulation of our utilities
For a description of how our utilities are regulated, please see page 9 of our 2015 annual report.