Sempra Lights Up the Pols

Why did Sempra buy public utilities commissioner 
Timothy Simon a meal in Sweden?
  • Why did Sempra buy public utilities commissioner Timothy Simon a meal in Sweden?

Sempra Energy also handed out some pre-Halloween treats to state politicians and utility regulators, including refreshments at San Diego’s Kensington Grill worth $29.79 on August 8 to Elaine Jennings, director for planning, preparedness, and emergency threats at the California Emergency Management Agency. A bit farther from home, Sempra shelled out $78.84 on September 6 for Jennifer Wonnacott, director of communications for Assemblywoman Alyson Huber. But most-traveled-recipient award goes to California Public Utilities Commission member Timothy Simon, who got a meal worth $32.48. That, Sempra’s report says, was on August 9 at Restaurant Agaton in Stockholm, Sweden, while Simon was on the Aspen Accord/Energy Coalition European Tour. According to its website, the Aspen Accord is “an energy policy forum of local governments, utilities, and regulators created in l994. Through the Aspen Accord, members collaborate to identify problems and propose solutions to our most pressing energy issues.” It’s sponsored by the nonprofit Energy Coalition, whose “partners” include Sempra-owned San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and Pacific Gas & Electric. The August junket, says the website, had stops at Stockholm and Prague, in the Czech Republic, and featured an “Innovative Energy Practices Discussion and Site Tour.”

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