You’re invited: General Rate Case Virtual Public Forums
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) would like to hear from you. You are invited to participate in a remote public forum, also called a Public Participation Hearing, about PG&E’s 2023 General Rate Case (GRC) application. At the hearing, you can make comments, raise concerns, ask questions, and speak with the CPUC’s Administrative Law Judge overseeing this application.
At the hearing, you can make comments, raise concerns, ask questions, and speak with the CPUC’s Administrative Law Judge overseeing this application.
Where and when will these Public Forums be held?
In compliance with the Governor’s directive and the CPUC’s ongoing efforts to protect customers and community members, the hearings will be held via remote participation.
March 1, 10*, 22, 2022 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
March 2022 Webcast: http://www.adminmonitor.com/ca/cpuc/ Phone number: 1-800-857-1917 (To make a comment, press *1) PASSCODES: English - 6032788# Spanish - 3799627#
*The March 10 hearing is open to all customers; however, it will be structured to include a focus on feedback from San Joaquin Valley customers and communities.
The Public Forum can be viewed via internet, or listened to via phone, with the information above. If you wish to make a public comment, please participate by phone using the phone number above and pressing *1. Your participation by providing your thoughts on PG&E’s request can help the CPUC make an informed decision.
Written public comments may also be provided at any time during the proceeding in the "Public Comments" tab of the Docket Card for A.21-06-021, available at apps.cpuc.ca.gov/c/A2106021..
Please note: Spanish language interpreters will be available at each hearing for those who need them. If you need a different language interpreter, contact the CPUC’s Public Advisor’s Office using the contact information at the end of this notice at least five business days before the hearing.
Why am I receiving this notice?
Every four years, PG&E is required to file a GRC application with the CPUC to propose rates that reflect the projected costs to safely provide service, maintain infrastructure, and make needed system improvements. To address increasing energy challenges, PG&E is proposing to adopt innovations and new technologies, and to make targeted investments to provide for a safe, reliable, and clean energy future for the 16 million people the utility serves across Northern and Central California. Investments are being proposed across the electric distribution system (including critical wildfire mitigation, reliability, and safety improvements), gas distribution, transmission, and storage systems (including reliability, safety, and seismic improvements), and power generation assets (including reliability and safety improvements at natural gas, hydroelectric, solar generation, and Diablo Canyon Power Plant facilities). This application also addresses ongoing operational and workforce costs to ensure PG&E can continue providing safe and reliable service and exceptional customer care. These costs include maintaining a dedicated and trained workforce, insurance, and resources to support PG&E’s Customer Care, Shared Services, and Information Technology organizations. If approved by the CPUC, PG&E’s request would result in a revenue increase of approximately $3.56 billion for 2023 and additional increases of $930 million (2024), $590 million (2025), and $381 million (2026).
How could this affect my monthly bill?
Based on rates currently in effect, the bill for a typical non-CARE bundled residential customer using 500 kilowatt-hours per month would increase from $138.86 to $164.05 or 18.1% if the GRC is approved as filed. Direct Access (DA) and Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) customers only receive electric transmission and distribution services from PG&E,and distribution rate charges for these customers would increase by 21.5% if the application is approved as filed. DA providers and CCAs set their own rates, so customers are encouraged to check with your DA provider or CCA to see how this would impact your overall bill. Departing Load customers do not receive electric generation, transmission, or distribution services from PG&E; however, these customers are still required to pay certain charges by law or CPUC decision. On average, these customers would see a rate increase of 7.6% if the application is approved as filed. Actual impacts will vary depending on usage.
GAS RATES: Based on rates currently in effect, the gas bill for a typical residential non-CARE customer averaging 33 therms per month of gas usage would increase from $59.92 to $70.73, or 18%. Actual impacts will vary depending on usage.
How does the rest of this process work?
This application has been assigned to a CPUC Administrative Law Judge who will consider proposals and evidence presented during the formal hearing process. The Administrative Law Judge will issue a proposed decision that may adopt PG&E’s application, modify it, or deny it. Any CPUC Commissioner may sponsor an alternate decision with a different outcome. The proposed decision, and any alternate decisions, will be discussed and voted upon by the CPUC Commissioners at a public CPUC Voting Meeting. Parties to the proceeding are currently reviewing PG&E's application,including the Public Advocates Office, which is an independent consumer advocate within the CPUC that represents customers to obtain the lowest possible rate for service consistent with reliable and safe service levels. For more information, please call 1-415-703-1584, email PublicAdvocatesOffice@cpuc.ca.gov, or visit PublicAdvocates.cpuc.ca.gov.
Your participation by providing your thoughts on PG&E's request can help the CPUC make an informed decision.
Where can I get more information?
If you have questions about PG&E's filing, please contact PG&E at 1-800-743-5000. For TTY, call 1-800-652-4712. If you would like a copy of the filing and exhibits, please write to the address below: Pacific Gas and Electric Company 2023 GRC Application (A.21-06-021) P.O. Box 7442 San Francisco, CA 94120 More information, including PG&E's application and supporting documents, is available at pge.com/grc.
For additional information and any updates on the Public Forums, please visit cpuc.ca.gov/pph. If you have questions about CPUC processes, you may contact the CPUC’s Public Advisor's Office at: Phone: 1-866-849-8390 (toll-free) or 1-415-703-2074 Mail: CPUC Public Advisor's Office 505 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA 94102 Email Public.Advisor@cpuc.ca.gov Please reference PG&E's General Rate Case Phase II (A.21-06-021) in any communications you have with the CPUC regarding this matter.
Para más información sobre esta audiencia pública, y cómo este cambio impactará su factura, llame al 1-800-660-6789.