- Associated Press - Saturday, February 14, 2015

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has filed a lawsuit attempting to block a small Northern California irrigation district from taking away thousands of its customers.

The Record reported Saturday (https://bit.ly/1FLGvip ) that the South San Joaquin Irrigation District promises to charge 15 percent less for power to about 38,000 homes and businesses in Manteca, Escalon and Ripon.

A local board, called the Local Agency Formation Commission, says the irrigation district can move forward with its takeover plans, drawing the lawsuit.

PG&E; spokeswoman Brandy Ehlers says the power company doesn’t believe the irrigation district will be able to charge lower rates as promised.

She says local schools and other agencies will lose out on taxes that PG&E; pays.



A commission representative could not be reached Saturday for comment on the lawsuit.

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Information from: The Record, https://www.recordnet.com/

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