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.
PG&E works with its customers, communities and various stakeholders and agencies to find innovative ways to procure, build and deliver clean energy. We are planning for the future by exploring and investing in new technologies that harvest energy from the sun, wind, and agricultural waste products. And we are actively investing in state-of-the-art, cleaner sources of fossil-based power to meet growing demand.
Actual 2012 electric resources for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), as reported to the California Energy Commission.
On August 1, 2013, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) submitted an application to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to forecast revenues of $529.9 million to be returned to customers from the sale of greenhouse gas (GHG) allowances under California’s GHG emissions reduction program, and to recover $4.3 million in administrative and outreach costs related to this program in 2014. If this application is approved, PG&E will return revenues from the program to customers via bill credits starting in January, 2014.
About the program to reduce GHG emissions
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) encourages the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by placing a cap on the amount of GHG emissions a facility can emit. This is regulated through the implementation of GHG allowances, or permits. Under California’s GHG reduction program, starting in 2013, CARB allocated PG&E and other California utilities GHG emissions allowances to be sold for the benefit of customers and to mitigate the cost impact of the program. PG&E is required to sell its allowances in an auction and pass the revenue from the sale to its customers, less some expenses for administration and outreach costs. PG&E does not profit from the sale of these GHG allowances.
How will PG&E’s application affect me?
If the application is approved, revenues from the sale of GHG allowances will be returned to PG&E’s residential and small business customers, and some industrial customers, as directed by state law. While the exact amounts of those revenues may change—they are subject to regulatory approval and market factors—the legislature and CPUC have determined the order and method by which they are returned to customers.* They are:
How do I find out more about PG&E’s application?
You can view PG&E’s application and exhibits at pge.com/RegCases. Select "Greenhouse Gas OIR" from the Cases dropdown menu.
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
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
GHG OIR 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 formal administrative law process. The application will be assigned to a CPUC Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The ALJ presides over the proceeding, which develops a formal record that the ALJ relies upon in drafting a Decision to present to the five-member Commission. The CPUC’s Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) will review this application and participate in the proceeding. The DRA is an independent arm of the CPUC, which represents the interests of all utility customers. The DRA’s views do not necessarily reflect those of the CPUC. Other parties of record may also participate.
Evidentiary hearings are often held in a proceeding 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.
After considering all proposals and evidence presented, the ALJ will issue a draft decision based upon the established record. When the CPUC acts on this application, it may adopt all or part of PG&E’s request, amend or modify it or deny the application.
If you would like to follow this proceeding or any other issue before the CPUC, you may utilize the CPUC’s free and confidential 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 can also:
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.13-08-003). All comments will be circulated to the Commissioners, the assigned ALJ and the CPUC staff.*Proposed classifications and payments are subject to CPUC approval.