November 2014 Bill Inserts

Each month, PG&E offers important information on rebates, saving energy and safety in printed inserts that accompany your bill. Now, access this information online whenever you wish.

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In November, your business will transition to a time-of-use rate plan.

PG&E has developed these no-cost, easy-to-use tools to help you assess your business's energy use and prepare for time-of-use rates.

My Energy
Lets you view your energy use and rate options

Business Energy Checkup
Provides a customized energy assessment and savings plan

Energy Efficiency Financing
Provides 0% interest loans that can be used to repair or upgrade old or energy-inefficient equipment

Try these tools and discover ways to prepare »

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These no-cost, easy-to-use tools can help you manage your agriculture business’s energy use and save on your bill.

PG&E has developed these no-cost, easy-to-use tools to help you assess your business's energy use and prepare for time-of-use rates.

My Energy
Lets you view your energy use and rate options

Business Energy Checkup
Provides a customized energy assessment and savings plan

Energy Efficiency Financing
Provides 0% interest loans that can be used to repair or upgrade old or energy-inefficient equipment

Try these tools and discover ways to save energy and money.

For information on rebates and special programs designed specifically to help agriculture customers conserve resources in severe drought conditions.

PG&E delivers some of the nation's cleanest electric power. More than half of the electricity we provide to our customers comes from sources that are renewable and/or emit no greenhouse gases. In fact, PG&E's electricity creates only one-third as many greenhouse gas emissions per kilowatt-hour compared to the industry average.

2013 Power Mix

We are aggressively adding more renewable energy to our power mix under California's renewable portfolio standard and are well on our way toward 33 percent renewables by the end of 2020. We are investing in a range of clean energy resources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and small hydro, and are also investing in state-of-the-art, cleaner sources of fossil fuel-based power to meet demand.

Actual 2013 electric resources for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), as reported to the California Energy Commission.
2013 Power Mix
1 A significant amount of the energy generated by PG&E comes from clean, large hydroelectric power stations, which under California law, do not qualify as an eligible renewable resource.

PG&E is responsible for maintaining the system that delivers natural gas to your gas meter. Customers* are responsible for the maintenance of customer-owned piping on their property from the meter to their house or business. Customer-buried piping (or customer-owned gas lines) are any above ground or buried pipelines from the customer’s property to the gas meter. These include pipelines leading into a building or house, to any gas-fired equipment/appliance, or from the house to a swimming pool heater, spa or other building. (Please see below.)

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Typically, PG&E does not own, maintain or inspect customer-owned gas lines beyond the meter. We have included some safety and recommended maintenance information for you on the reverse side.

Safety Maintenance and Inspections
Maintenance is important to prevent pipeline corrosion and leakage. You should periodically inspect your customer-owned gas lines for leaks and, if lines are metallic, for corrosion. A licensed plumber or qualified contractor can help you locate, inspect and repair buried pipelines on your property. Pipelines should be immediately repaired if corrosion or another unsafe condition is discovered.

Prevent Damage with Safe Digging Practices
Pipeline accidents and damage occur most often from digging. Always call Underground Service Alert by dialing 811 at least two working days before you dig—even in your own yard.

Underground Service Alert is a free service in which local utility companies mark the approximate locations of their underground lines so you can dig safely. As a precaution, you should use a hand tool when digging near underground utilities.

However, digging still poses a threat to customer- owned gas lines since they can not be located by calling 811. A plumber or licensed contractor can help you locate customer-owned gas lines. Be sure to maintain records of their location for future work.

If you have questions, call our Gas Safety Help Line at 1-888-743-7431.
Learn more about natural gas pipeline safety.

*“Customer” refers to the owner of the gas piping system served by PG&E. This may be either the property owner or another party who owns the gas piping.

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Did you know Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) provides a range of electric rate plans? Log in or register for My Energy to compare your current rate plan with other options and determine the best one for your needs. In addition to exploring all your options, My Energy allows you to see detailed information about your current usage and maximize savings with a free energy assessment through the Business Energy Checkup. If you don’t have online access you can still find your current rate plan in your monthly energy statement under "Details of Electric Charges," or contact us at 1-877-311-FARM(3276).

RATE PLANS
Agricultural Power (AG-1) is for eligible customers who do not elect time-of-use plans. This rate is not available to customers whose meter registers a maximum demand of 200 kilowatt (kW) or more for three consecutive months. Demand is a measurement of your facility’s highest electricity use at any 15– or 5–minute interval during a monthly billing cycle. This rate plan is being eliminated in stages. AG-1 customers with at least 12 months of interval data will be required to transition to AG-4 time-of-use in March of each year. Effective November 2014, AG-1 will be closed to new customers where a SmartMeter™ is already in place.

Time-of-Use (TOU) is an electric rate in which the price of electricity varies by time of day. Prices are higher during peak hours on weekday afternoons when demand is higher, typically noon to 6 p.m., May through October. In return, rates are lower than the peak rate at other times. Selecting a time-of-use plan may entail an interval meter upgrade to track energy use, which requires clear access to install. In most cases there is no charge for this upgrade.

Time-of-Use Agricultural Power (AG-4) is a time-of-use rate plan for customers with low to moderate annual operating hours. Customers on rate plans AG-4B or AG-4E with a single motor of at least 35 horsepower (HP) or multiple motors of at least 15 HP may save even more by transitioning to AG-4C. For savings, AG-4C electric use should be minimized during peak and partial peak periods on summer and winter weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Large Time-of-Use Agricultural Power (AG-5) is a time-of-use rate plan for customers with higher annual operating hours and demand. Customers on rate classes AG-5B or AG-5E with a single motor of at least 35 HP or multiple motors of at least 15 HP may save even more by transitioning to AG-5C. For savings, AG-5C electric use should be minimized during peak and partial peak periods on summer and winter weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

ADD-ON RATE PLANS
Peak Day Pricing combines a time-of-use rate with Peak Day Pricing Event Day surcharges. Participants in this program are incentivized to reduce electric use on 9 to 15 "Event Day" annually when demand is highest. A higher rate is charged during peak times on event days. In return, between May 1 and October 31, customers receive credits for electricity use. Bill protection is provided the first year so you can participate without risk. Bundled-service agricultural customers with a demand greater than or equal to 200 kW for three consecutive months have started transitioning automatically to Peak Day Pricing. Other eligibility criteria and exclusions apply. Learn more about Peak Day Pricing.

Net Energy Metering (NEM, NEMV, NEMFC) offers pricing plans for customers who operate a qualified generating facility, such as solar, wind or fuel cell, with a maximum total capacity of 1,000 kW or less. These rates are available for customers who generate energy that offsets all or part of their electric use when connected to the PG&E grid. A NEMV generator may offset the electric load of other eligible accounts sharing the same service delivery point. Customers on NEM or NEMFC may be eligible to aggregate load on their account from multiple meters located on contiguous or adjacent property owned, rented or leased by the same customer. Eligible customers may also interconnect more than one generator behind a single meter, each subject to different rate treatment. Learn more about Net Energy Metering services.

Renewable Market Adjusting Tariff (E-ReMAT) is available to wholesale renewable generators up to 3.0 megawatts (AC). Learn more about Renewable FIT programs.

PROGRAMS TO SAVE MONEY
California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) provides agricultural customers a monthly discount on energy bills for qualifying housing facilities. Learn more about CARE.

Demand Bidding Program (E-DBP) offers incentives to customers on a demand time-of-use plan for reducing energy consumption when requested by PG&E. Customers on rate plans AG-R and AG-V are not eligible for E-DBP. AG-R and AG-V are closed to new enrollment and will be eliminated beginning March 2015 for customers with 12 months of interval data.

Base Interruptible Program (E-BIP) offers incentives to customers on a demand time-of-use plan for reducing their energy consumption down to or below a pre-selected firm, service level when requested by PG&E. AG-R and AG-V customers are not eligible for E-BIP.

Capacity Bidding Program (E-CBP)
offers incentives to commercial, industrial or agricultural customers for reducing energy consumption by a nominated capacity amount when requested by PG&E. Learn more about Demand Response programs.

Note: For Direct Access (DA) and Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) customers, PG&E delivers electricity to your business, and your DA or CCA provider purchases and/or generates the electricity you consume. Net Metering, CCA and DA customers are eligible for many, but not all, of the rate plans or features listed in this notice. For more information, call 1-877-311- FARM (3276) or call your DA or CCA provider.

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