Regulators approve deal to divide billions in costs from closed San Onofre nuclear plant

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California regulators have approved a settlement to divide billions of dollars in costs from the closed San Onofre nuclear power plant.

Consumers will get refunds and credits of about $1.4 billion. But they will pay about $3.3 billion in costs over 10 years, including for power purchased after the plant shut down.

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The vote by the California Public Utilities Commission Thursday was 5-0.

At issue has been who should take the financial hit for the plant's premature demise — company shareholders or customers.

San Onofre shut down for good last year after a long fight over whether it was safe to restart.

The settlement stems from negotiations among operator Southern California Edison, minority owner San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and consumer advocates. Critics argued that the deal shortchanged ratepayers.