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PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC COMPANY'S (PG&E) NOTIFICATION OF FILING OF APPLICATION REQUESTING APPROVAL OF GAS ACCORD IV SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT
Background of this filing: Since 1998, the "Gas Accord" market structure, approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), has set the rates, terms and conditions of service for PG&E's natural gas transmission and storage services. PG&E is scheduled to file a new rate case to reset its gas transportation and storage rates effective January 1, 2008. The rates currently in effect were approved by the CPUC in December 2004, for a three-year term (2005-2007), under a previous all-party settlement known as "Gas Accord III."
On March 1, 2007, PG&E and interested parties representing all segments of the natural gas industry in California (including the CPUC's independent Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA)) reached an all-party settlement to be known as "Gas Accord IV." This new settlement, if approved by the CPUC, will extend the Gas Accord III rates, with some modifications, for an additional three-year term from 2008-2010. Some rates will decline slightly, some will stay the same, and some will increase slightly. The impact of these changes on retail gas bills will be minimal, and is discussed further below. If approved by the CPUC, Gas Accord IV will continue to provide rate certainty and stability for PG&E's gas transmission and storage system.
On March 15, 2007 PG&E filed an Application requesting approval of the "Gas Accord IV" Settlement Agreement with the CPUC in PG&E's 2008 Gas Transmission and Storage Rate Case.
Does this mean gas rates will increase
If approved, the impacts to rates and bills will be minimal—rates for bundled residential gas customers, (customers who receive gas distribution and procurement services from PG&E), will increase by only 0.5 percent , and bundled small and large commercial gas rates will increase by only 0.6 percent.
A typical residential customer using 45 therms per month would see an average monthly gas bill increase of $0.33, from $61.89 to $62.22.
For the largest industrial and electric generation customers, the Gas Accord IV rate changes are less than one cent per decatherm, reflecting less than a one-tenth of one percent change in their total gas cost.
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 800.743.5000
You may also contact the CPUC's Public Advisor with comments or questions at:
Public Advisor's Office
505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.703.2074 or 866.849.8390 (toll free)
TTY 415.703.5282, TTY 866.836.7825 (toll free)
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If you are writing a letter to the Public Advisor's Office, please include the name of the application to which you are referring. All comments will be circulated to the Commissioners, the assigned Administrative Law Judge and the Energy Division staff.
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Power Content Label: Historic
Annual report of actual electricity purchases for Pacific Gas and Electric in 2006
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|Biomass and waste||4%|
|For each category, the percentage PG&E projected for 2006 was within 5 percentage points of the actual percentage.|
For specific information about this electricity product, contact Pacific Gas and Electric Company. For General Information about the Power Content Label, contact the California Energy Commission at 1.800.555.7794 or http://www.energy.ca.gov/consumer/power_content_label.html.