Policy Testimony of Marcel Hawiger Regarding Affordability and Grid Modernization Investments for “DERs” in SCE’s Rate Case

First, I address affordability of electric service for SCE customers. I provide data demonstrating that the bills for over one million SCE non-CARE residential customers in hot areas are significantly higher than the national average. Disconnection rates for SCE customers have doubled over the past five years. Second, I address policies related to SCE’s proposal to spend over two billion dollars to modernize about 20% of its circuits. I provide a lay explanation of the problems SCE claims to address, and explain that SCE has failed to show that there have been any operational challenges in interconnecting rooftop net energy metered solar systems.