April 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.

What peak period rates mean for your business.
Summer time-of-use rates take effect in May 2014 as part of a requirement by the California Public Utilities Commission. This means there will be three rate periods starting this summer: off-peak, partial-peak and peak. During peak periods, which are weekdays from noon to 6 p.m., May through October, your business’ electric rates will be higher. In return, time-of-use rates at all other times will be lower than the peak rate.

Seasonal Rate Charts

Sign up or log in to My Energy today for ways to prepare for summer time-of-use rates or call us with questions at 1-800-468-4743.
What you do before, during and after an earthquake can be life saving.
Before:
  • Prepare an emergency plan, conduct drills and practice safety procedures.
  • Keep emergency supplies on hand and check stock often.

During:
  • If you are indoors, stay inside and take cover under a sturdy table or desk.
  • If you are outdoors, get into the open and watch for falling debris.

After:
  • Check that everyone is safe and investigate for damage.
  • If the power goes out, always use battery-operated flashlights, not candles.


Visit pge.com/earthquake for additional safety tips.

The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly referred to as Proposition 65, requires the governor to publish a list of chemicals “known to the State of California” to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. It also requires California businesses to warn the public quarterly of potential exposures to these chemicals that result from their operations.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) uses chemicals in our operations that are “known to the State of California” to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

For example, PG&E uses natural gas and petroleum products in our operations. PG&E also delivers natural gas to our customers. Petroleum products, natural gas and their combustion by-products contain chemicals “known to the State of California” to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

Spot the Signs of Trouble
PG&E regularly inspects all our pipelines for possible leaks or other signs of damage. As an additional safety precaution, we add a sulfur-like odor to natural gas. If you smell this distinctive “rotten egg” odor, move to a safe location up-wind from the suspected leak and immediately call 911 and PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.

Other signs of a possible gas leak can include:
  • Dirt spraying into the air
  • Continual bubbling in a pond or creek
  • Dead or dying vegetation in an otherwise moist area
  • Hissing, whistling or roaring sounds coming from underground or from a gas appliance

More gas safety information >>

For additional information on this Proposition 65 warning, write to:
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Proposition 65 Coordinator
77 Beale Street, Mail Code B28S
PO Box 770000
San Francisco, CA 94177
On February 28, 2014, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) filed an application with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) requesting to increase its electric rates effective January 1, 2015. The application requests approval to recover in rates costs associated with:
  1. The California Independent System Operator’s (CAISO) Market Design Initiative
  2. Studies performed at Diablo Canyon Power Plant
  3. Consultant fees incurred by the CPUC in support of the Renewables Portfolio Standard

PG&E was directed by the CPUC to include the review of costs in PG&E’s annual Energy Resource Recovery Account (ERRA) compliance proceeding.

Background
The CAISO Market Design Initiative was launched in 2009 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to change how electricity is bought and sold in California. The costs requested in PG&E’s application represent costs incurred by PG&E that were associated with implementing the CAISO Market Design Initiative in 2013.

The Diablo Canyon Power Plant studies were conducted in response to the California Energy Commission’s recommendations. The CPUC previously approved PG&E’s initial seismic study costs in CPUC Decisions D.10-08-003 and D.12-09-008. The costs requested in this application represent seismic study costs that were incurred by PG&E in 2013.

The CPUC reviews and approves invoices it receives from independent consultants it has hired to support the CPUC’s implementation and administration of the Renewables Portfolio Standard. PG&E pays its portion of these costs once the invoices are reviewed and approved by the CPUC. The costs of these independent consultants are included in this application, as authorized in Decision 06-10-050.

PG&E’s application requests $7.941 million to be collected in rates from bundled service customers: that is, those customers who receive electric generation as well as transmission and distribution service from PG&E. Rates for customers who purchase electricity from other suppliers (such as direct access and community choice aggregation) and rates for departing load customers will not be affected by these specific costs.

How will PG&E’s application affect me?
If this application is approved, electric rates will increase by less than one percent for bundled service customers effective January 1, 2015. Based on the rates in effect on January 1, 2014, a typical bundled service customer using 550 kWh per month would see an average bill increase of $0.04 (or 0.04 percent), from $93.98 to $94.02. Actual bill impacts will vary depending on your electric usage.

How do I find out more about PG&E’s application?
If you have questions about PG&E’s application, please contact PG&E at 1-800-743-5000. For TDD/TTY (speech-hearing impaired), call 1-800-652-4712.

If you would like a copy of PG&E’s application and exhibits, please write to PG&E at the address below.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
2013 ERRA Compliance Review Application
P.O. Box 7442
San Francisco, CA 94120

A copy of PG&E’s application and exhibits are also available for review at the CPUC, 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–noon. PG&E’s application (without exhibits) is available on the CPUC’s website at www.cpuc.ca.gov/puc.

How does the CPUC’s decision-making process work?
The application will be reviewed through the CPUC’s formal process. The application will be assigned to a CPUC Administrative Law Judge (Judge). The Judge presides over the proceeding, which may include evidentiary hearings to give parties an opportunity to present evidence and cross-examine witnesses. Members of the public may attend but not participate in these hearings unless they are parties to the case. The hearings and documents submitted in the proceeding become part of the formal record that the Judge relies upon in writing a proposed decision to present to the five-member Commission for its consideration.

Any CPUC Commissioner may issue an alternate decision. The proposed and any alternate decisions are voted upon by the Commissioners at a CPUC meeting. The CPUC may adopt all or part of PG&E’s request, modify it or deny the application.

If you would like to follow this proceeding or any other issue before the CPUC, you may use the CPUC’s free subscription service. Sign up at: http://subscribecpuc.cpuc.ca.gov.

If you would like to learn how you can participate in this proceeding, or if you have comments or questions, you may access the CPUC’s Public Advisor’s website at www.cpuc.ca.gov/puc and click on “Public Advisor” from the CPUC Information menu. You may also:

Email:
public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov

Mail:

Public Advisor’s Office
505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103
San Francisco, CA 94102

Call:
(415) 703-2074 or 1-866-849-8390 (toll-free)
TTY (415) 703-5282 or 1-866-836-7825 (toll-free)

If you are writing or emailing the Public Advisor’s Office, please include the application number (A.14-02-008). All informal comments will be available to the Commissioners, the assigned Judge and the CPUC staff. All informal comments are also provided to the CPUC’s Formal File office as a part of the file for this proceeding.
Summary
On February 28, 2014, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) filed a request with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to change residential rates starting in 2015. As a result, some customers will see increases in their monthly bills while others will see decreases. This proposal will not change the amount of total revenues collected by PG&E, which is determined in other proceedings.

About this Proposal
PG&E’s proposal would simplify its residential electric rate structure over several years, from 2015 through 2018. PG&E’s requested changes comply with a new state law, AB 327, and a ruling from the CPUC that directs utilities to propose reforms to simplify California’s residential electricity rate structure and better align rates with the actual costs of providing electric service.

Tiered Rate Proposal
For the residential standard and time-of-use electric rate plans, PG&E proposes to:
  1. Reduce the number of electric pricing tiers from the current four tiers to three tiers in 2015 and two tiers by 2018.
  2. Adjust usage allowance levels in each tier.
  3. Replace the current minimum charge of $4.50 with a monthly service fee to help cover fixed costs, starting at $5 per month in 2015, followed by an increase to $10 per month in 2016. After that, the fee would be adjusted each year in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for all residential customers except for those on the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program.
  4. Introduce a new optional, simplified, non-tiered time-of-use rate plan in which the price of electricity varies by the time of day, beginning January 2015.

The chart below shows the change in the residential tiered rate structure
ResRateReform

CARE Proposal
PG&E is also proposing changes to the CARE program consistent with the new state law. Similar to the proposal for non-CARE rate plans, PG&E proposes to:
  1. Reduce the number of electric pricing tiers from three tiers in 2015 to two by 2018.
  2. Gradually lower the CARE discount in order to reach the required 30–35 percent discount range in 2018.
  3. Replace the current minimum charge of $3.60 with a monthly service fee for CARE customers to help cover fixed costs, starting at $2.50 per month in 2015, followed by an increase to $5 per month in 2016. After that, it would increase each year in line with the CPI.
  4. Introduce a new optional, simplified, non-tiered time-of-use rate plan in which the price of electricity varies by the time of day, beginning January 2015.

How will PG&E’s proposals affect me?
If PG&E’s proposal is adopted, residential customers would see bill increases or decreases depending on their monthly usage levels and their rate plan. These proposed rate changes would also affect PG&E’s medical baseline and Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) programs.

Most customers receive bundled electric service from PG&E, meaning that PG&E provides electric generation as well as transmission and distribution service. The table below illustrates the proposed 2015 monthly bill impacts for bundled residential customers.
ResRateTable

Rate and bill impacts for residential DA/CCA customers
Direct Access (DA) and Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) customers only receive electric transmission and distribution service from PG&E. DA/CCA customers are charged the same electric distribution and Public Purpose Program (PPP) rate as bundled service customers. As a result of reducing the CARE discount, the CARE surcharge portion of the PPP rate is expected to decrease.

Another category of non-bundled customers are Departing Load customers. These customers do not receive electric generation, transmission or distribution services from PG&E for their departing load. However, like Direct Access, Community Choice Aggregation and bundled service customers, they are required to pay certain procurement-related charges such as the PPP rate. As a result of reducing the CARE discount, the CARE surcharge portion of the PPP is expected to decrease.

How do I find out more about PG&E’s proposal?
If you have questions about PG&E’s supplemental filing, please contact PG&E at 1-800-743-5000. For TDD/TTY (speech-hearing impaired), call 1-800-652-4712.

If you would like a copy of PG&E’s supplemental filing and exhibits, please write to PG&E at the address below.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Residential Rate Reform, (R.12-06-013, Phase 1)
P.O. Box 7442
San Francisco, CA 94120

A copy of PG&E’s supplemental filing and exhibits are also available for review at the CPUC, 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–noon. PG&E’s supplemental filing (without exhibits) is available on the CPUC’s website at www.cpuc.ca.gov/puc.

How does the CPUC’s decision-making process work?
The supplemental filing will be reviewed through the CPUC’s formal administrative law process. The filed proposals are assigned to a CPUC Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The ALJ presides over the proceeding, which may include hearings to give parties of record an opportunity to present evidence or cross-examine witnesses. Members of the public may attend but not participate in these hearings unless they are parties to the case. The hearings and documents submitted in the proceeding become part of the formal record that the ALJ relies upon in writing a proposed decision to present to the five-member Commission.

Any CPUC Commissioner may issue an alternate decision. The proposed and any alternate decisions are acted upon at a CPUC voting meeting. When the CPUC acts on this supplemental filing, it may adopt all or part of PG&E’s request, modify it or deny the request.

If you would like to follow this proceeding or any other issue before the CPUC, you may use the CPUC’s free subscription service. Sign up at: http://subscribecpuc.cpuc.ca.gov.

If you would like to learn how you can participate in this proceeding, or if you have comments or questions, you may access the CPUC’s Public Advisor’s website at www.cpuc.ca.gov/puc and click on “Public Advisor” from the CPUC information menu. You may also:

Email:
public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov

Mail:

Public Advisor’s Office
505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103
San Francisco, CA 94102

Call:
(415) 703-2074 or 1-866-849-8390 (toll-free)
TTY (415) 703-5282 or 1-866-836-7825 (toll-free)

If you are writing or emailing the Public Advisor’s Office, please include the proceeding number (R.12-06-013, Phase 1). All comments will be circulated to the Commissioners, the assigned ALJ and the CPUC staff.
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