Sempra Energy
SEMPRA ENERGY (Form: 8-K, Received: 08/24/2017 06:01:24)




UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C.  20549
 
 
 
 
 
FORM 8-K
CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 
 
 
 
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):
August 22, 2017

 
 
 
 
 
Commission
File Number
 
Exact Name of Registrants as Specified in their Charters, State of Incorporation,
Address and Telephone Number
 
I.R.S. Employer
Identification
Number
1-14201
 
SEMPRA ENERGY
(A California Corporation)
488 8th Avenue
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 696-2000
 
33-0732627
 
 
 
 
 
1-03779
 
SAN DIEGO GAS & ELECTRIC COMPANY
(A California Corporation)
8326 Century Park Court
San Diego, California 92123
(619) 696-2000
 
95-1184800
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
 











 
 
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FORM 8-K

Item 8.01 Other Events.
Proposed Decision Issued Regarding the Application for Authorization to Recover Costs Related to the 2007 Southern California Wildfires (2007 Wildfires)
On August 22, 2017, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a proposed decision (PD) denying the request of San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) to recover costs recorded in its Wildfire Expense Memorandum Account (WEMA). If adopted as drafted, phase two of the proceeding, which was intended to evaluate SDG&E’s actions and decision-making in connection with settling legal claims in relation to the 2007 Wildfires, would be rendered moot and the proceeding would be closed.
Sempra Energy and SDG&E have recorded assets of $350 million related to CPUC-regulated operations for the 2007 Wildfires. These assets are recorded in Regulatory Assets (long-term) and Other Regulatory Assets (long-term) on the respective Consolidated Balance Sheets. We are evaluating the impact of the PD on these assets as we seek to reverse the PD from the CPUC regarding phase one in this proceeding. In the event this PD is adopted by the CPUC and not overturned on rehearing, we are also evaluating our option to appeal this decision to the Court of Appeal of California. Should we conclude that recovery in rates is no longer probable, we will record a charge against earnings at the time such conclusion is reached, which would be up to approximately $207 million on an after-tax basis. A failure to obtain substantial or full recovery of these costs from customers, or any conclusion by us that recovery is no longer probable, would likely have a material adverse effect on Sempra Energy’s and SDG&E’s results of operations and cash flows.
We provide additional information regarding the 2007 Wildfires in Note 15 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, as well as in the “Risk Factors” and “Factors Influencing Future Performance” sections in Sempra Energy’s and SDG&E’s combined Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016; and in Note 11 of the Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, as well as in the “Factors Influencing Future Performance” section in Sempra Energy’s and SDG&E’s combined Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.

INFORMATION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
We make statements in this report that are not historical fact and constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions with respect to the future, involve risks and uncertainties, and are not guarantees of performance. These forward-looking statements represent our estimates and assumptions only as of the filing date of this report. We assume no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or other factors.
In this report, when we use words such as “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “estimates,” “projects,” “forecasts,” “contemplates,” “assumes,” “depends,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “will,” “confident,” “may,” “can,” “potential,” “possible,” “proposed,” “target,” “pursue,” “outlook,” “maintain,” or similar expressions, or when we discuss our guidance, strategy, plans, goals, opportunities, projections, initiatives, objectives or intentions, we are making forward-looking statements.
Factors, among others, that could cause our actual results and future actions to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements include
actions and the timing of actions, including decisions, new regulations, and issuances of permits and other authorizations by the California Public Utilities Commission, U.S. Department of Energy, California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, states, cities and counties, and other regulatory and governmental bodies in the United States and other countries in which we operate;
the timing and success of business development efforts and construction projects, including risks in obtaining or maintaining permits and other authorizations on a timely basis, risks in completing construction projects on schedule and on budget, and risks in obtaining the consent and participation of partners;
the resolution of civil and criminal litigation and regulatory investigations;
deviations from regulatory precedent or practice that result in a reallocation of benefits or burdens among shareholders and ratepayers; modifications of settlements; and delays in, or disallowance or denial of, regulatory agency authorizations to recover costs in rates from customers (including with respect to regulatory assets associated with the San Onofre Nuclear





Generating Station facility and 2007 wildfires) or regulatory agency approval for projects required to enhance safety and reliability;
the availability of electric power, natural gas and liquefied natural gas, and natural gas pipeline and storage capacity, including disruptions caused by failures in the transmission grid, moratoriums or limitations on the withdrawal or injection of natural gas from or into storage facilities, and equipment failures;
changes in energy markets; volatility in commodity prices; moves to reduce or eliminate reliance on natural gas; and the impact on the value of our investment in natural gas storage and related assets from low natural gas prices, low volatility of natural gas prices and the inability to procure favorable long-term contracts for storage services;
risks posed by actions of third parties who control the operations of our investments, and risks that our partners or counterparties will be unable or unwilling to fulfill their contractual commitments;
weather conditions, natural disasters, accidents, equipment failures, computer system outages, explosions, terrorist attacks and other events that disrupt our operations, damage our facilities and systems, cause the release of greenhouse gases, radioactive materials and harmful emissions, cause wildfires and subject us to third-party liability for property damage or personal injuries, fines and penalties, some of which may not be covered by insurance (including costs in excess of applicable policy limits) or may be disputed by insurers;
cybersecurity threats to the energy grid, storage and pipeline infrastructure, the information and systems used to operate our businesses and the confidentiality of our proprietary information and the personal information of our customers and employees;
capital markets and economic conditions, including the availability of credit and the liquidity of our investments; and fluctuations in inflation, interest and currency exchange rates and our ability to effectively hedge the risk of such fluctuations;
changes in the tax code as a result of potential federal tax reform, such as the elimination of the deduction for interest and non-deductibility of all, or a portion of, the cost of imported materials, equipment and commodities;
changes in foreign and domestic trade policies and laws, including border tariffs, revisions to favorable international trade agreements, and changes that make our exports less competitive or otherwise restrict our ability to export;
the ability to win competitively bid infrastructure projects against a number of strong and aggressive competitors;
expropriation of assets by foreign governments and title and other property disputes;
the impact on reliability of SDG&E’s electric transmission and distribution system due to increased amount and variability of power supply from renewable energy sources;
the impact on competitive customer rates due to the growth in distributed and local power generation and the corresponding decrease in demand for power delivered through SDG&E’s electric transmission and distribution system and from possible departing retail load resulting from customers transferring to Direct Access and Community Choice Aggregation or other forms of distributed and local power generation and the potential risk of nonrecovery for stranded assets and contractual obligations; and
other uncertainties, some of which may be difficult to predict and are beyond our control.

We caution you not to rely unduly on any forward-looking statements. You should review and consider carefully the risks, uncertainties and other factors that affect our business as described herein and in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports that we file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.









SIGNATURES
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrants have duly caused this report to be signed on their behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 
SEMPRA ENERGY,
 
(Registrant)
 
 
Date: August 23, 2017
By: /s/ Trevor I. Mihalik
 
Trevor I. Mihalik
Senior Vice President, Controller and
Chief Accounting Officer
 

 
SAN DIEGO GAS & ELECTRIC COMPANY,
 
(Registrant)
 
 
Date: August 23, 2017
By: /s/ Bruce A. Folkmann
 
Bruce A. Folkmann
Vice President, Controller and
Chief Financial Officer