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Proposition 65—Public Warning

Notification of Application Filing by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for Approval to Recover in Rates the Cost of the SmartMeter™ Program Upgrade

Notification of Joint Application Filing by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Southern California Gas Company and San Diego Gas and Electric Company (The Utilities)

Collectively this Filing is for Approval of Cost Allocation Proposal for State-mandated Gas Social Programs

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Proposition 65—Public Warning

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 which result from their operations.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company uses chemicals in its operations that are "known to the State of California" to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.

For example, Pacific Gas and Electric Company uses natural gas and petroleum products in its operations. Pacific Gas and Electric Company also delivers natural gas to its 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.

A warning odorant is added to natural gas so that leaks of unburned gas can be quickly detected. If gas odor is detected, Pacific Gas and Electric Company should be contacted promptly.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company provides a free service to check and adjust your home gas appliances. Please call 1-800-743-5000 if you would like your gas appliances checked.

For additional information on this Proposition 65 warning, write to Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Prop. 65 Coordinator, 77 Beale Street B23H, PO Box 770000, San Francisco, CA 94177.

Notification of Application Filing by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for Approval to Recover in Rates the Cost of the SmartMeter™ Program Upgrade

What is the SmartMeter™ Program Upgrade?

The SmartMeter™ Program Upgrade is a proposed upgrade to Pacific Gas & Electric Company's ("PG&E") Advanced Metering Infrastructure (otherwise known as "SmartMeter™") program. PG&E believes that the upgrade will provide benefits to our customers and further the State’s energy conservation policies.

In Decision 06-07-027, the California Public Utilities Commission ("CPUC") approved PG&E's current SmartMeter™ Program, which is installing advanced meter technology to allow PG&E to remotely read customer meters and to record hourly electricity use and daily gas use.

PG&E believes a few upgrades to its current SmartMeter™ Program are appropriate and timely. These recommended upgrades are consistent with the Commission’s desire to use advanced technology to enhance customer involvement in energy demand management and improve energy conservation throughout the state of California.

What is this Application filing about?

On December 12, 2007, PG&E filed an application with the CPUC, requesting authority to recover approximately $623 million in electric rates to upgrade PG&E’s SmartMeter™ Program. The upgrades consist of:

  • an integrated load-limiting connect/disconnect switch;
  • a Home Area Network (HAN) gateway device to enable two-way communication of electricity data and prices with customer appliances and other devices and
  • installing solid state meters that would support the previously mentioned functionality.

PG&E’s request is for future rate recovery through electric distribution rates, beginning January 1, 2009, and continuing for 15 years. In this application PG&E is requesting cost recovery for the full cost of the SmartMeter™ Upgrade Project from customers.

Does this mean rates will increase?

Yes. Electric distribution rates will increase as early as January 1, 2009, for the SmartMeter™ Upgrade Project. The increase to electric distribution rates will increase charges for both bundled electric customers (customers who receive electric generation as well as transmission and distribution service from PG&E) and for customers that purchase electricity from other suppliers (e.g., direct access customers).

The table below shows the possible impact of rate changes on each customer class. The change shown is for illustrative purposes and uses an increase of $99,169,000, which is the highest single year recovery for the project. Rates that are actually adopted by the CPUC may be higher or lower than PG&E’s initial proposal shown here.

Electric Department Projected Rate Changes by Class
(Dollars in Thousands)
Class and ServiceDollar Increase for the Upgrade Project CostsTotal Percentage Increase for the Upgrade Project Costs
Bundled Service
Residential$50,0331.1%
Small Commercial$13,6791.0%
Medium Commercial$12,6020.7%
Large Commercial$7,1640.7%
Streetlights$1,1931.7%
Standby$1240.5%
Agriculture$6,7291.3%
Large Industrial$4,0540.3%
Total Bundled Change$95,5770.9%
Direct Access Service
Residential$812.1%
Small Commercial$1001.9%
Medium Commercial$1,0911.6%
Large Commercial$1,1121.7%
Agricultural$201.9%
Large Industrial$1,1541.2%
Total Direct Access Change$3,5581.5%

If the CPUC approves PG&E's request, bills for bundled electric customers who use less than 130% of their baseline allowance would not increase. The bill for a typical bundled customer using 550 kWh per month would increase $0.26 from $71.92 to $72.18. The bill for a typical bundled customer using approximately twice the average baseline allowance, or 850 kWh per month, would increase $1.87 from $149.03 to $150.90 per month. Individual customers' bills may differ.

THE CPUC PROCESS

The CPUC's independent Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) will review this application filing, analyze the proposal, and present an independent analysis and recommendations for the CPUC's consideration. Other parties may also participate.

The CPUC may hold evidentiary hearings where the parties of record present their proposals in testimony and are subject to cross-examination before an Administrative Law Judge. These hearings are open to the public, but only those who are parties of record can present evidence or cross-examine witnesses during evidentiary hearings.

After considering all proposals and evidence presented during the hearing process, the CPUC will issue a draft decision. 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. The CPUC’s final decision may be different from PG&E's proposed application filing.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

For more details call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000
Para más detalles llame 1-800-660-6789
For TDD/TTY(speech-hearing impaired) call 1-800-652-4712

You may also contact the CPUC's Public Advisor with comments or questions as follows:
Public Advisor's Office
505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103
San Francisco, CA 94102
1-415-703-2074 or 1-866-849-8390 (toll free)
TTY 1-415-703-5282, TTY 1-866-836-7825 (toll free)
E-mail to public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov

If you are writing a letter to the Public Advisor's Office, please include the name and filing date of the application to which you are refering. All comments will be circulated to the Commissioners, the assigned Administrative Law Judge and the Energy Division staff.

Reviewed by the California Public Utilities Commission

Notification of Joint Application Filing by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E),Southern California Gas Company and San Diego Gas and Electric Company (The Utilities)

Collectively this Filing is for Approval of Cost Allocation Proposal for State-mandated Gas Social Programs

On December 11, 2007, Pacific Gas & Electric Company ("PG&E") together with Southern California Gas Company and San Diego Gas and Electric Company ("the Utilities") filed a joint Application No. A.07-12-006 with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) requesting that the CPUC approve a proposal to change the method used to allocate costs for state-mandated gas social programs.

What are state-mandated gas social programs?

State-mandated gas social programs are public benefit programs where a substantial portion of the benefits of the program accrues to society rather than to a particular class of gas customers. The underlying premise is that California as a whole benefits from these programs ensuring that all of the state‘s residents have access to affordable energy through energy efficiency and environmentally friendly energy sources. The programs in this category include:

  • California Alternative Rates for Energy (CARE);
  • Low Income Energy Efficiency (LIEE);
  • Energy Efficiency (EE);
  • Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D);
  • Board of Equalization (BOE);
  • Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), and
  • California Solar Water Heating Efficiency Act of 2007.

Why are the Utilities filing this application?

The Utilities are filing this application to propose a method to more fairly allocate the costs of these programs to gas customer classes. Policymakers in California, including the Legislature, continue to use utility rates as a channel for funding a growing variety of social programs. Since the energy crisis of 2001, these programs have been one of the fastest growing components of utility rates. The new allocation method proposed by the Utilities in this application has the following benefits:

  • It improves the business environment in California;
  • It allocates program costs fairly; and
  • It is straightforward to implement

What impact does this have on rates?

If the CPUC approves the proposal, the change in costs of existing and future state- mandated gas social programs will be allocated to PG&E’s gas customers as noted in the table below.

Pacific Gas & Electric Company Projected Rate Changes by Class
(Dollars in Thousands)
Gas Customer ClassPresent RateProposed Rate% Change
Bundled Service
Residential$1.395$1.3950.4%
Small Commercial$1.271$1.2740.2%
Large Commercial$1.023$1.011-1.2%
Transportation Only
Residential$0.488$0.4931.0%
Small Commercial$0.373$0.3760.8%
Large Commercial$0.160$0.147-7.6%
Industrial Distribution$0.145$0.141-2.6%
Industrial Transmission$0.059$0.052-12.2%
Industrial Backbone$0.041$0.034-17.9%
Electric Generation Transmission$0.024$0.024-0.8%
Electric Generation Backbone$0.011$0.011-1.8%

If the CPUC approves the proposal, a typical bundled residential PG&E gas customer (a customer who receives gas distribution and procurement services from PG&E) using 45 therms per month would see an increase in their average monthly bill of 0.4 percent or $0.22, from $62.77 to $62.99 per month. Individual customers’ bills may differ.

THE CPUC PROCESS

The CPUC's independent Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) will review this application filing, analyze the proposal, and present an independent analysis and recommendations for the CPUC’s consideration. Other parties may also participate.

The CPUC may hold evidentiary hearings where the parties of record present their proposals in testimony and are subject to cross-examination before an Administrative Law Judge. These hearings are open to the public, but only those who are parties of record can present evidence or cross- examine witnesses during evidentiary hearings.

After considering all proposals and evidence presented during the hearing process, the CPUC will issue a draft decision. 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. The CPUC's final decision may be different from PG&E's proposed application filing.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

For more details call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000
Para más detalles llame 1-800-660-6789
For TDD/TTY(speech-hearing impaired) call 1-800-652-4712

You may also contact the CPUC's Public Advisor with comments or questions as follows:
Public Advisor's Office
505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103
San Francisco, CA 94102
1-415-703-2074 or 1-866-849-8390 (toll free)
TTY 1-415-703-5282, TTY 1-866-836-7825 (toll free)
E-mail to public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov

If you are writing a letter to the Public Advisor's Office, please include the application number (A.07-12-006). All comments will be circulated to the Commissioners, the assigned Administrative Law Judge and the Energy Division staff.

Reviewed by the California Public Utilities Commission