Description: Challenge to California Public Utilities Commission's authority to implement the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC), which required surcharge for renewable energy funding.
Southern California Edison Co. v. California Public Utilities Commission
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 06/18/2014 Opinion Download Opinion denying petitions modified and certified for publication. 05/28/2014 Opinion Download Opinion issued denying petitions. The California Court of Appeal rejected Southern California Gas Company’s challenge to the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC’s) authority to implement the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC), which required electric utilities to collect a surcharge from ratepayers to fund renewable energy research, development, and demonstration projects. The court ruled that CPUC had the constitutional and statutory authority to implement EPIC, that EPIC was not an unlawful delegation of CPUC’s authority, and that the surcharge was a regulatory fee, not a tax requiring legislative enactment.